Grading World Cup Kits: Group F / by Justin Salhani

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We have an Adidas heavy Group F today. Nike's got just the sole representative, so we will see if the three stripes can push their way back in contention for best kits. 


South Korea

Home

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AK 
The home kit is low key - nothing much to it. It’s red without any graphic on the front. It features a bit of white on the Nike swoosh and the tape on the back of the collar.
Grade: C

LT
The home shirt is simple. Just a nice, plain, red shirt. I like the simplicity, but there is so much more that can be done on kits like these. A lot more. For me, it’s lazy from both Nike and the federation. 
Grade: C+

 

 

 

Away

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AK 
The away kit is predominantly white with a bold blue and red graphic on the front inspired by a tiger.
Grade: C+

LT
An improvement from the home, the away kit features a nice pattern. The release for these kits were superb as well tapping into Korean fashion culture. I like it. 
Grade: B+


Mexico

Home

AK
The home kit is a traditional green combined with white applications. In general, it’s a nice kit but more could be done to it. Maybe put the graphic design all over the front of the kit. 
Grade: B-

LT
The home kit is so clean with such a wonderful green used. The graphics on the sides are also delightful. 
Grade: A-

Away

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AK
The away kit is better - taking inspiration from the 1950s. It’s predominantly white with red, white, and green horizontal chest stripes. The away kit works and is a winner for me.
Grade: A-

LT
The away kit has to be the most underrated kit release from this year or any other. It’s so smart and a beautiful shirt. Not only that, but the release photos from Adidas were spectacular. Maybe it’s just something about my personal preferences, but this is my favorite kit from this tournament. I love these kits.
Grade: A+


Sweden

Home

AK
Home kit is decent but nothing much to rave about. A clean kit and retro inspired. It’s yellow and blue with a subtle jacquard pattern on the front with the Adidas stripes running along the sides.
Grade: C+

LT
The home kit is ruined by the collar. It doesn’t look good on this kit. Overall, it’s an okay kit but nothing special about it. It’s just...alright. 
Grade: C-

Away

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AK
 The away kit is royal blue with a subtle graphic print on the front and back and sleeves. This is a really nice kit it will turn a few heads once it's worn on the pitch.
Grade: B+

LT
A fine blue on the away kit makes it better but, for this template, it doesn’t pop as much as Belgium's away kit does due to the colors. 
Grade: C+


Germany

Home

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AK
The home kit is predominantly white with a graphic design across the upper front. It features shades of grey and black that are created using different black sized lines. The home kit is a reinterpretation of the iconic 1990 jersey, but the difference is that the graphic is not the German flag. This is one of the better Adidas world cup kits. I also like that the squad numbers are off center. 
Grade: B

LT
I like how Adidas are tapping into nostalgia, but I do agree with people saying that maybe they should be looking to create new icons rather than looking at old ones. However, the home kit is smart and I like it. 
Grade: B

Away

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AK
This is a throwback to 80s and 90s inspired kits.
Grade: A-

LT

The away kit is as good as the home kit. I’m a big fan of the pattern and the colors used. 
Grade: B


Average grade breakdown by judge overall
AK: B
LT: C+

Average grade breakdown by judge today    
AK: B
LT: B


Average grade breakdown by brand overall
1. Nike: B
2=. Hummel: C+
2=. Adidas: C+
2=. New Balance: C+
5. Puma: C
6. Umbro: C-
7. Errea: D+

Average grade breakdown by brand today
Nike: B-
Adidas: B


Some positive reviews today. Nice for a change. Check back in tomorrow to see if the niceness continues.

Adrian Kidaman is the captain of Guerrilla Football Club and a photographer, writer, and amateur model. Follow him on Twitter @10kidaman

Luke Taylor is a football gear nerd based in Newcastle. An aficionado of kits, boots and everything culture/lifestyle. The former IBWM Gear Editor now shares his thoughts on Kicks to the Pitch, The Short Pass, The Culture Division and other outlets. He's on the Twitter @luke16taylor

Edits Justin Salhani

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