Grading World Cup Kits: Group G / by Justin Salhani

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Group G means we are in the penultimate group today. We've got four brands represented today, including England. Maybe the judges will be more excited about their kits than Diego.


Panama

Home

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AK 
The home kit is red with white stripes on the collar. It has a chevron graphic pattern on the front, inspired by the iconic Panama City skyline. 
Grade: B

LT
Weird kit. Not a fan at all. However, I do love seeing Panama in the World Cup so that’s a plus. 
Grade: D

Away

AK 
The away kit is based on the same design only it has a white base with pan blue chevrons on the front and a full stripe in the collar running down the shoulders and sleeves. These might be the best kits New Balance made for the World Cup.
Grade: B+

LT
I really dislike the collar on these kits and the downward chevron pattern on the away kit is strange. 
Grade: F


Tunisia

Home

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AK
The home kit is white with a crew neck collar and red sleeve cuffs. The hem is also red, while a doffed gradient graphic appears towards the sides.
Grade: C+

LT
These shirts are plain for the majority and the only interesting part is still very bad.
Grade: D

Away

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AK
The away kit is the complete reverse, they look good but other than the red gradient graphic on both kits nothing much is happening. 
Grade: C+

LT
Overall, a poor effort from a brand we don’t hear a lot from...and that is clearly for a reason. 
Grade: D


Belgium

Home

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AK
The home kit is a red base with a rather unusual graphic print on the front. The kit doesn’t blow you away. It’s pretty decent and other than the graphic print nothing much is happening on it.
Grade: B

LT
The design across the chest for the home kit looks fantastic and the overall shirt is good. I can definitely see myself wearing this. Big fan of how the crest is central. I like this kit.
Grade: B

Away

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AK
The away kit is yellow with a black and red trim and a black crew neck collar. A subtle all over graphic print rounds the look. This here is a nice kit for the summer.
Grade: B+

LT
A wonderful color. The shirt is beautiful to look at. I like the stripes and it is a very solid kit. 
Grade: B-


England

Home

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AK
It’s the basic white Nike England kit with blue logos and features a modern knit pattern on the front.
Grade: C+

LT
It is infuriating, as an England fan, to see these. We’ve had some classic kits over the years and Nike are coming out with designs like this? Nah.
Grade: C-

Away

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AK
The away one is better in that it is red with a subtle knit pattern on the front of St. George’s cross. Both kits are pretty simple but the away one has the edge. 
Grade: B-

 

LT
 So boring, both the home and away. The training kit should have 100% been our home kit. 
Grade: C-


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

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


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

Average grade breakdown by brand today
Nike: C
Adidas: B
New Balance: C-
Uhlsport: C


Some big disagreements today. Hater Luke, as we know and love him, made a return today - giving out the FIRST FAILING GRADE of the tournament. Disagree with him? Hit the guys up on Twitter or Instagram and let 'em know!

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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