Ranked! Every badge at the World Cup 2022

Ranked! Every badge at the World Cup 2022
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The 32 qualifiers for the Qatar World Cup 2022 have been dropping their new kits in recent weeks – which means it's time to refresh ourselves with all 32 badges.

While at club level, your eyes might be drawn to the latest obscure commercial logo slapped across a team's shirt (though that didn't stop us ranking every badge in the Football League), international jerseys remain sponsorless, so when you're watching the World Cup, you'll end up putting a lot of attention on the badges.

Having already ranked every World Cup kit, FourFourTwo have gone and scrutinised every single World Cup 2022 crest – and ranked them as follows...

32. Costa Rica

The Costa Rica national football team badge

The Costa Rica national football team badge (Image credit: -)

Oh, Costa Rica, what have you done? Your old badge was a fantastically funky joy to behold – whereas this new design, unveiled last year, looks like something you'd see bolted onto the front of an SUV.

31. South Korea

The South Korea national football team badge

The South Korea national football team badge (Image credit: -)

The Siberian tiger has long been extinct on the Korean Peninsula, but it remains the national animal of South Korea – which makes it a bit strange that it's been turned into a coaster for the national team's crest since 2020.

30. Ecuador

The Ecuador national football team badge

The Ecuador national football team badge (Image credit: -)

Ecuador haven't got rid of the majestic Andean condor which perched atop their old crest, but they might as well as have done: would you have spotted it hiding within the stylised 'FEF' (Federacion Ecuatoriana de Futbol)? This is quite a downgrade.

28. United States

The United States of America national football team badge

The United States of America national football team badge (Image credit: -)

"It's uniquely and unmistakably American," said (opens in new tab) the United States Soccer Federation upon launching this emblem in 2016. We suppose that's true, but it's also a bit basic and boring for our liking.

28. Iran

The Iran national football team badge

The Iran national football team badge (Image credit: -)

'Functional' is the first word which springs to mind upon seeing Iran's badge. The national flag is on there – and a football bearing the country's name and, er, yeah. We've seen less interesting shields, to be fair.

27. Senegal

The Senegal national football team badge

The Senegal national football team badge (Image credit: -)

The Pan-African colours dominate Senegal’s crest – to the extent that they somewhat disguise the lion at its centre, which also appears to be a football (look closely). It’s undeniably vibrant – but perhaps a bit too vibrant for its own good?

26. Cameroon

The Cameroon national football team badge

The Cameroon national football team badge (Image credit: -)

When you think about the shirts of Cameroon – the Indomitable Lions – you probably think of the majestic beast opposite the badge. The Cameroonian Football Federation crest isn’t as majestic – but you can’t say it’s not a nice, clean design.

25. Denmark

The Denmark national football team badge

The Denmark national football team badge (Image credit: -)

Denmark’s crest is a show of beauty in relative simplicity – which feels entirely appropriate for the country which gave the world Lego. There’s no angular assembly on here, however, just stylish-fonted goodness with some floral decoration.

24. Ghana

The Ghana national football team badge

The Ghana national football team badge (Image credit: -)

The Black Stars are one of several World Cup 2022 teams with multiple emblems on their shirt. This is their actual badge, though, featuring a football neatly encased in the pan-African colours of Ghana’s flag.

23. Tunisia

The Tunisia national football team badge

The Tunisia national football team badge (Image credit: -)

The Tunisian national team are known as the Eagles of Carthage – and that’s one pretty scary-looking eagle on their badge. The various circles and curvatures give this crest a certain hypnotic quality, too.

22. Uruguay

The Uruguay national football team badge

The Uruguay national football team badge (Image credit: -)

Uruguay’s badge is a good 'un – but wait, four stars? Haven’t they ‘only’ won the World Cup twice? Well, yes, but they have technically won four world championships – with FIFA recognising La Celeste’s 1924 and 1928 Olympic victories as such.

21. Serbia

The Serbia national football team badge

The Serbia national football team badge (Image credit: -)

Serbia’s greater coat of arms (opens in new tab) is incredibly detailed – so it makes total sense that the country’s FA picked the lesser version for their emblem. Adding a gold outline to the shield and neatly placing a football in the middle, they’ve done a great job.

20. Morocco

The Morocco national football team badge

The Morocco national football team badge (Image credit: -)

Is Morocco’s badge made out of wax? It appears to be melting. But that does give it quite a unique look. As for the crown centrepiece, well, that’s because the national team is administered by the Royal Moroccan Football Federation.

19. Qatar

The Qatar national football team badge

The Qatar national football team badge (Image credit: -)

Records are bound to be broken at the World Cup 2022  – so it’s somewhat apt that the base of the hosts’ badge resembles an LP. Displaying the colours of Qatar's flag and centred around the most ornate football we’ve ever seen, it’s certainly striking.

18. Germany

The Germany national football team badge

The Germany national football team badge (Image credit: -)

Like so many great German products, Die Mannschaft’s just works. It was never going to trouble the top end of the list, but we’ve seen far, far worse. It just works (and they have tried to jazz the roundel up a bit with that broken line).

17. Australia

The Australia national football team badge

The Australia national football team badge (Image credit: -)

There’s quite a lot happening on Australia’s badge, which is the country’s coat of arms. And we can’t really knock that (although look at the poor kangaroo having to support that shield entirely by itself because emus, well, don’t have arms).

16. France

The France national football team badge

The France national football team badge (Image credit: -)

That cockerel’s looking pretty damn proud – dare we say cocky, even…? And he’s entitled to, in fairness: he gets to adorn the shirt of the reigning world champions France (his gold predecessor looked slightly better, mind you).

15. Switzerland

The Switzerland national football team badge

The Switzerland national football team badge (Image credit: -)

Only two of Switzerland’s four official languages have made it onto the national team’s badge. It’s been done cleverly, though, with the initials of the French (‘Assocation Suisse de Football’) and German (‘Schweizerischer Fussballverband’) incorporated into this groovy design.

14. Wales

The Wales national football team badge

The Wales national football team badge (Image credit: -)

There’s no mucking about from Wales with their crest as they return to the World Cup after 64 years away. The Dragons are going to Qatar – and no one’s going to be left in any doubt about who they are.

13. Belgium

The Belgium national football team badge

The Belgium national football team badge (Image credit: -)

Shields are so commonplace among badges that they can be somewhat generic. Belgium haven’t fallen into that trap, though, incorporating the national flag into a great big (slightly ironically, lowercase) B – which complements the gold background perfectly.

12. Poland

The Poland national football team badge

The Poland national football team badge (Image credit: -)

The Great World Cup 2022 Eagle-Off continues with Poland’s entry: the country’s coat of arms, a white eagle wearing a gold crown. Taking pride of place on the Poles’ plain white/red shirts, it ends up being about as traditional as badges get.

11. Argentina

The Argentina national football team badge

The Argentina national football team badge (Image credit: -)

Argentina’s badge has evolved steadily over the years: firstly with the addition of the laurel wreath before the 1982 World Cup; then, in 2004, two stars to commemorate their triumphs of 1978 and 1982. And have you ever seen a more snazzy-looking F?

10. Portugal

The Portugal national football team badge

The Portugal national football team badge (Image credit: -)

Portugal’s crest is an unmistakably grand affair – which becomes even grander when you find out what it incorporates: an adapted version of the country’s lesser coat of arms, combined with the badge of the Military Order of Christ. Every day's a school day, eh?

9. Spain

The Spain national football team badge

The Spain national football team badge (Image credit: -)

Portugal: ‘We’ve got the grandest badge on the Iberian Peninsula’. Spain: ‘Hold my cerveza’. The 2010 World Cup winners have only gone and used the country’s whole coat of arms, put it on a shield and wrapped it in a ribbon. Fancy.

8. Brazil

The Brail national football team badge

The Brail national football team badge (Image credit: -)

Sure, it helps that they’ve won the World Cup a record five times (hence the many stars), but Brazil’s badge is one of the most instantly recognisable in international football. Yellow, green and blue: who else could it be?

7. Netherlands

The Netherlands national football team badge

The Netherlands national football team badge (Image credit: -)

The Netherlands' heraldic lion rampant instantly stirs up images of Johan Cruyff and Marco van Basten. For that, it's a legendary crest – which has been jazzed up on the new Dutch home shirt by inverting the orange and black. Ooh.

6. Japan

The Japan national football team badge

The Japan national football team badge (Image credit: -)

Don’t you just hate it when a crow nicks the sun? That’s not your bog-standard corvid on Japan’s badge, though; it’s a Yatagarasu, a three-legged crow from Japanese mythology (although that is the sun, as depicted on the country’s flag).