Ugly World Cup kits – a celebration

For the World Cup 2014, FIFA issued a directive that football kits must be predominantly ‘light’ or ‘dark’, leading to almost all of the teams wearing a single colour; Netherlands in orange socks, shorts and shirts, Germany in all white. Many, myself included, decry this anodyne decision. Perhaps never again will we experience the like of the delights that I now present to you, although we should credit Ghana with bravely adding a collar that looks like their Mums added it the night before they left for Brazil. Ladies and Gentlemen, enjoy the ugliest kits in World Cup history.

USA 1994

USA in 1994. A sort of denim meets lycra monstrosity.

A frankly embarrasing effort. The 1930 Bolivia team's kits spelt out 'Viva Uruguay' in honour of the host nation

The 1930 Bolivia team’s kits spelled out ‘Viva Uruguay’ in honour of the host nation. Except they ended up saying ‘Urugay’ instead.

Charlie Nicholas in Scotland's 1986 strip

Charlie Nicholas for Scotland in 1986. Look at it. Just look.

Jamaica 1998

Jamaica 1998 had everyone reaching for the colour knob on their telly.

Nigeria 1994

Nigeria turned up in their jim-jams for the 1994 World Cup.

Quinton Fortune of South Africa in this rather confused kit from the 1998 World Cup

Quinton Fortune of South Africa thinking “WTF am I wearing?” in 1998.


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Posted on June 23, 2014, in Footy, Ugly World Cup kits, World Cup. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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