So to group B. A couple of heavyweights, and a couple of plucky underdogs. There are some gooduns in here.
For most of the past decade Spain have been an awesome, beautiful, passing, winning machine. For most of the past decade their shirts have been a bit rubbish. Not quite awful, but never reaching the height of class that their play deserves. This is one of the better attempts in recent years … and it’s still pretty bad. The pin stripes are OK (again with the tennis feelings though), the suitable gold contrast is nice enough … but it all lacks conviction. It’s a bit too basic Adidas – which can sometimes be brilliant (see Mexico away) – but this shirt needs more. Spain deserve more. And that winners badge thing? Is that really necessary? On top of all that the FIFA guidelines have seemingly put an end to the proper blue shorts too – so not even that can save it.
Dear oh dear oh dear. The kind of away shirt that West Brom should get stuck with. Not the reigning champions of Europe and the World. How much effort was put into this? I can’t see any evidence of any?
Everything you want from a Holland kit. Simple, classy … ORANGE. Not sure why they’ve stuck the badge on wonky though. I suppose the Holland shirt is a cliche along the lines of Brazil … but lack of on pitch success means it’s a far more acceptable one.
I’m trying hard not to like this shirt. It contains a lot of trends that I really don’t care much for. The fading, overlapping, chevron pattern thing works really well. The colours are well chosen and subtle enough to not look really cheesy. The contrasty badge and Nike logo set things off very nicely. I should hate it. But I don’t, I think it’s a bit of a cracker. A bit tennisy though.
Functional, has a very nice collar. The blue working very well in that respect. Er the badge looks nice. I think the white slashes up the side of the shirt are totally unnecessary. I’m sure the Chileans don’t have much to complain about, but I won’t be camping outside Sports Soccer to buy one.
This shirt manages to be very Australian. No not loud and obnoxiously good at sport … In a purely visual sense it somehow manages to capture what an Australian shirt should look like in my head. The kind of shirt Ricky Ponting would wear. With of those daft green caps on his head. I like it. It’s the same 50s vibe that England had for their 2010 shirt. That’s still my favourite England shirt of the past 25 years. It’s simple, classy and effective.
If it’s not broke – don’t try to do anything different. That was obviously the mantra for the Nike design team here. I’m not a massive fan of darker shirts, but this works pretty well. The Ozzies have got themselves a couple of annoyingly good shirts.
The Dutch are the clear winners here, very strong efforts both home and away. Australia can be very proud too. Chile get pretty much what you’d expect … but Spain … Spain … they really should have a word with Adidas about their contract.