Part two of our run-through the Greatest World Cup For Kits There Ever Was Or Will Be takes us through Groups C and D…
The holders’ kit wasn’t as dazzlingly brilliant as the won they won the 1990 tournament in, but it was certainly still dazzling. While a handful of other teams used Adidas’ weird, never-to-be-repeated diamond pattern, the Germans were given a unique twist on it by their home manufacturer. The chest motif is actually pretty great, but the kit as a whole is made too busy by the flag-based neck and those asymmetrical shorts.
Unusually, the Germans didn’t get to wear their away kit during the 1994 tournament, but it was basically just a green version of the home shirt.
One of the handful of Adidas sides not to use the midriff-striped template kit, Spain were instead given this strange diamond-based motif. It’s not a bad idea, and the colour scheme is nice on both kits, but the placement of the pattern is a bit oddly lop-sided.
The Koreans oddly moved away from their usual red home kit for the tournament, instead using a white “home” and blue “away” (although technically they could feasibly be the other way around, I suppose). Both kits were actually just palette-swapped versions of the same red Rapido kit they’d worn in the qualifying rounds. It’s a bit difficult to find full pictures of them, but you can see a recreation of them here to get a better look at the somewhat haphazard detailing.
A somewhat mundane outfit for Bolivia, who didn’t get to wear an away kit during the tournament. It’s hard for Bolivian kits not to just look like a slightly cheaper Mexico, and so it proves here – although Umbro, who made both, distinguished the Bolivian one by making it a simpler and smarter affair.
For their first ever World Cup appearance, the Super Eagles turned heads with this pair of kits, based around an odd pattern representing… something, I’m not entirely sure what. It dominates the away kit – looking pretty awful when applied to the shorts (drawing comparison, by many, with a pair of pyjamas), though it looked better with green shorts in the opening game against Bulgaria. The home shirt, though, kept it to a yoke area around the neck (and a bit of trim elsewhere), and looked terrific – distinctive and memorable.
The red, white and green colour scheme was an excellent fit for the Adidas template kit of the time. It works better on the white home kit (which kind of looks like the best Liverpool away kit we never got) but the red away – remembered fondly for that win over Germany – is also nicely smart.
A wonderful home kit – classy narrow stripes with no messy embellishment, three Adidas stripes on the arms (unusually for kits of this era), button-up collar, simple black text, wrap-around stripes on the shorts… there’s basically nothing wrong with it. The away kit is remembered more for Maradona than for anything sartorial, but it’s about as smart a take on that diamond pattern as you’ll see.
Reasonably straightforward pair of Diadora kits for Greece – from the days when blue, rather than white, was their home kit. The blue is probably the smarter of the two – despite the typically-90s oversized collar – as the away is just a little bit nothingy.
Click here for part one. Part three to follow next Friday!