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All of Nike’s pre-match kits should be the main jerseys worn at the World Cup

From Portugal to England, Nike's pre-match kits are beautiful. So why aren't they the main jerseys for the World Cup?

There’s nothing like the unveiling of brand spanking new kits to get you in the mood for a World Cup.

Adidas released their new kits to the sound of much swooning and cash registers opening, especially in Germany.

Just look at these works of art.

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But over in camp Nike there’s been a slightly more muted reaction to the latest releases.

Don’t get us wrong, there’s nothing wrong with the kits. They’re just a bit… meh.

But don’t despair if you’re a fan of England, France, Portugal or Nigeria because Nike’s pre-match kits are actually quite sensational.


The geometric lines, the blue into red into white.

It’s the 1982 Admiral kit for the fidget spinning generation.

Why England aren’t actually wearing this kit in games is beyond us.

Simply, simply loveleh

Simply, simply loveleh


Both Portugal’s home and away kits are pleasing but plain.

Step forward the pre-match kit which features a red, green and turquoise cross on a black background.

It shouldn’t really work, but it does.

That’s a bit of us

That’s a bit of us


France’s combination of Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, Anthony Martial, Paul Pogba and Ousmane Dembele should make them the most exciting side to watch in Russia.

It’s just a shame Les Bleus didn’t insist on wearing the pre-match kit Nike put on the table.

The kit is so blindingly stylish it would make Moussa Sissoko play like Zinedine Zidane.

Perfect for a slightly above average Paul Pogba performance

Perfect for a slightly above average Paul Pogba performance


We can’t actually fault the Nigeria kit.

Nike’s effort is nostalgic and flair, paying homage to the first Nigeria side to qualify for the World Cup in 1994.

But the entire off-pitch collection wouldn’t look out of place at Notting Hill Carnival, bucket hat and all.

Yes, yes and yes

Yes, yes and yes

Haven’t seen the full Nike collection yet? Where are our manners?

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