National Colors

Can I just say “Big ups” to Puma for their World Cup uniforms?

It doesn't look this good on the Dutch

Orange doesn't look this good on the Dutch

In the old days, you could have any color uniform you wanted, as long as it was white, blue or red. Or to be a rakish team, stripes.

Cameroon - rare shot of Eto'o in action

OK, there are some other classic looks: Celtic has green and white hoops (horizontal stripes). But overall, soccer lore is full of teams with nicknames like “the Reds” and “the Blues.” To make it sound exotic, use the same words in a foreign language: Inter is the “Nerazzuri” (black-blue), Barca “blaugrana” (blue – dark red) and Real Sociedad is the “txuriurdin” (which is Basque for white-blue). Mexico is “los tri” because they

I would get teased for wearing this color

wear .. . wait for it . . . three colors: Red, green and white. Just like the flag.

But Puma has been getting out the big box of crayons dressing the African teams it sponsors in this World Cup. These may not be top sellers, because I don’t know if the average fan can make them look this good. And I think there’s something to be said for the darker-complected athletes that make these kits stand out. OK, it also doesn’t hurt that they’re all totally buff, either. While I’m not sure I can look good in these shirts, I am convinced that these are the sharpest-looking kits in the tournament and the monochrome looks awesome when you see the full-field shots of all eleven players.

Anne says this World Cup makes er think of the future. When I heard that, I thought of these uniforms and the new colors. Maybe these are the colors of the future.

Ghana

Not everyone's Ghana look this good.

What about you? What are your favorite uniforms in this World Cup? Any that you think are total losers?

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2 Responses to National Colors

  1. Anne B says:

    “I think there’s something to be said for the darker-complected athletes that make these kits stand out.”

    You’re half right. They’re HOT. And that’s all. 🙂

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