The 2018 Football World Cup in Russia is nearly upon us. The first reminder that the tournament is just around the corner is the unveiling of each team’s kits and we must say, at first glance, there are some absolute storming strips this year.
As football fans around the world are gearing up for another dramatic summer, everyone is hoping that this year’s tournament will be one to remember. But more importantly, they’re hoping their team has their moment of glory. For some nations (ENGLAND), these moments of glory have been sparse in recent times, but for some (GERMANY) success is just routine. This year’s tournament has already got a strange feel, with two of the biggest footballing nations in Italy and Holland, failing to qualify. Now, scold us for daring to dream, but we feel this leaves the door open for some of those nations (ENGLAND) that are in need of some overdue success.
The World Cup buzz is yet to truly pick up, but before the media starts to whip up a frenzy of football mania, the first injection of excitement is brought when each nation reveals the kits they plan to light up the tournament in. If this year’s strips are anything to go by, then it should be a fantastic tournament indeed.
Football kits have always been the exciting reminder of the promise of drama ahead. Fans compare and contrast, claiming theirs is the best. But each year, whether it be the Premier League or the World Cup, there’s always a winner.
There is a theme running throughout the strips this year and that is retro. Remember the fantastically gharish kits of the 80s? Well the kit suppliers are bringing them back, but with a modern twist and we think they are great.
So whose kit is best? Well this year the competition was very tough, but we’ve picked our top 10.
FRANCE – WINNER
France always seem to nail their kits, and this year is no different. Inspired by the country’s tricolour flag, the strip is classy but cool. Not in your face, but when you look closely, you see the detail in the design and we think it’s the best of the bunch.
We really love this kit and it was really so close to being the winner. Fun without being silly. Really lovely kit and the colour contrast on the away kit is just as classy.
The tournament favourites appear to be channeling the strip of Italy 1990 with their kit, but will it bring them the same success? Most probably, I mean, it’s Germany. Winning World Cups has become a tad too easy for them.
Spain are following on the retro theme with their kit that they aim to win the tournament in. We think it’s on the money, but will Spain be able to bring back their World Cup winning form with this retro kit?
Pretty similar to the French kit, we must say. Not a winner, but very nice nonetheless and modelled just as nicely by Mr. Ronaldo. Portugal’s chances? They always put in a good effort, but still probably too much of a one man team to be real contenders.
A surprise entrant onto this list is Iceland and they enter with a very nice kit indeed. One could mistake this for a French strip with the similar colour scheme, however, an English man could probably tell the difference. Will the miracle men be able to recreate the Euro 2016 drama? We certainly hope not.
Again a slightly rogue choice, but there is something about the Japanese kits that is really pleasing us here at HEKKTA. It’s also that beautifully designed badge and the crow holding the ball – lovely stuff.
Again playing on the retro theme (seems to be the Adidas blueprint) but a very nice kit for the men from Mexico.
Nike’s typical style of simplicity has not evaded Poland’s kit, but it’s the simplicity that makes Nike strips so appealing year on year. Stylish and classy.
Now what will the home nation be playing in? Well this one has certainly split the crowds. In some pictures it looks like one of the worst kits of the bunch, just as it is quite boring. But in some pictures it’s simplicity makes it really stand out. The badge also sits very nicely on the shirt, and compared to some previous Russian strips, this is up there with the best.
ENGLAND – Honourable Mention
Now England’s home and away kits didn’t make our top 10, just because they were really quite dull. But their training kit on the other hand is something of beauty, and if this were the strip we played our matches in, we might just have won. One of the best shirts we’ve seen an England player in, just a shame it’s the training kit.