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Worst World Cup Kits Ever

7 years ago

The World Cup always throws up a few surprises. There was the incredible quarter-final victory of South Korea against the Azzuri in 2002. The huge World Cup Final win for Uruguay against the brilliant 1950 Brazil side. And that time when Rivaldo somehow managed to injure his head when the ball was kicked at his thigh.

Yet perhaps the most surprising thing of all is that in an industry which is now worth £3billion a year, is how bad some of the kits are that have graced the world stage. have picked out the Worst World Cup Kits of All Time, and here’s just five that have hurt the eyes of supporters from across the globe.

Nice little number from Uruguay!

Little sleeveless numbers are usually saved for boybands, but Samuel Eto’o and co. took it from Top of the Pops to the Niigata Stadium, except it was immediately ruled as illegal and the Lions were made to wear black t-shirts underneath. The nation ended up getting knocked out in the group stage only managing to beat Saudi Arabia. Two years later they said hello to the all-in-one kit – the less said about that the better.

USA 1994

Always known for their patriotism, the USA team took it to a whole new level as the host nation in 1994. It wasn’t just that the shirt looked like there’d been a mix up at the Adidas factory and they’d used denim to create a shirt. It was the stars. Huge stars plastered across the shirt like the sort of thing you’d expect David Bowie would have worn during his Ziggy days – yet this was on a football pitch. Needless to say, it goes down as one of the worst ever.

USA ‘Style’

We don’t need to spell out why this was one of the worst kits of all time. The Bolivia 1930 squad did that for us. VIVA Uruguay the 11 players spelt out on their jerseys in what was a truly awful kit. And the performances matched. The side conceded eight goals in just two games, finishing bottom of the group and the second worst team in the tournament.

Jamaica 1998

Whilst Bolivia could perhaps be forgiven as it was the inaugural tournament, Jamaica have no excuses. France is a nation known for Chanel, Dior, and Yves Saint Laurent, so when the Caribbean nation turned up in a crazy patterned, yellow, black, and green asymmetric kit, it probably made Yves weep. It certainly did us.

South Africa 1998

And South Africa’s wasn’t much better. Like the Jamaican effort, this kit was made by Kappa and featured a pattern that looked like it was the outcome of a primary school competition. Whether it was designed to put off the opposition with its strange asymmetric hoops or not, we’re not sure. Either way it didn’t work as the nation finished third in the group with only two points.


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