Ranked! The 20 greatest World Cup kits EVER

Davor Suker France '98

From England’s Italia '90 classic to an All-American dazzler – Nick Moore profiles the finest strips ever worn at a World Cup finals

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20. New Zealand away (2010)

Egg-chasing is an appalling spectacle (who wants to see twist-faced, cauliflower-eared, testes-tweaking lummoxes lying in big piles?) but the sole exception are the resplendent, Haka-yelling All Blacks. So the All Whites can be forgiven for traveling to South Africa with a backup kit that was basically a tribute to their more competent sporting brethren. Surely they should have put Richie McCaw on and pumped it up to the big man, too?

19. Uruguay (1930)

The hosts were shock winners of the inaugural World Cup: clad in eye-catching baby blue, the surprisingly mean men of La Celeste muscled their way to the title.

18. Club Atletico Kimberley, France (1978)

After France and Hungary bowled up for their fixture with white kits, Les Blues ended up popping on the green-striped shirts of local lower-tier outfit Club Atletico Kimberley, who kindly passed on their tops to Platini & Co. It’s the only time a club strip has been used at a World Cup.

17. Argentina (1978)

Any Argentina kit could make the cut, in fairness, but the cup-winning ’78 class looked the best, possibly because it was winter in Buenos Aires and beyond. The long sleeves just served to make the home side’s almost-entirely-mulleted XI look incredible.

16. Colombia (2014)

Oof - absolute eye candy. The diagonal stripes were stunning, and there are some cracking flourishes, including a subtly pictured Sombrero Vueltiao (popular Colombian hat) inside the blue panel and an Andean condor on the back. Best modelled by volley maestro James Rodriguez.

15. Croatia (1998)

An opinion divider, for sure: some would vote this on to the ‘worst’ list – but the box-fresh new Eastern European nation certainly made a statement at their first World Cup, with a chessboard-like recreation of their national flag. Modelled perfectly by Davor Suker and Slaven Bilic as they marauded all the way to the semis.

14. Portugal (1966)

The reddest top ever created, we reckon – especially with the eyesight-bending big green numbers on the back. Eusebio looked absolutely magnificent.

13. Brazil (1986)

All Brazil shirts rule – but this pleasantly-collared effort, worn by Socrates, Zico, Josimar, Falcao and company – rules the hardest.

12. Denmark (1986)

Many of the Viking hordes that would pillage their way to the Euro ’92 title were here, and the Danes have never been profiled better. Designed by Aarhus-based sportswear giant Hummel, its mix of chevrons and pinstripes suited Michael Laudrup, Jan Molby and Jesper Olsen to a tee.

11. Scotland (1978)

The much-fancied Scots had a shocker at ’78, but Archie Gemmill's chip of the Dutch keeper remains one of the tournament’s most memorable goals, and the shirt that adorned him was a delight. Even the interlinking Umbro logos along the sleeve worked.