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Let’s take a moment to appreciate Nigeria’s World Cup kits through the years

Nigeria's World Cup kit has caused a buzz, and not for the first time

Attend any festival this summer and among the whipped cream dispensers and Eastpak bum bags you’ll be seeing one thing repeatedly- Nigeria’s World Cup kit.

Nike’s design sold out in minutes, caused queues around the block at Nike Town and is already going for more than £200 on Ebay.

But we shouldn’t be surprised. Nigeria repeatedly turn up to World Cups wearing something special. If only England would follow suit.


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1994 World Cup

If UK Garage was the sound of the mid-90s then Nigeria’s kit for the 1994 World Cup was the accompanying dress code.

The adidas strips were straight out of the Moschino lookbook, especially the white away kit which could easily have been paired with some Burberry trousers and a pair of loafers.

As well as looking the part, Nigeria topped a group containing Diego Maradona’s Argentina and Hristo Stoichkov’s Bulgaria.

The Super Eagles were unlucky to go out to a star-studded Italy in the second round as Roberto Baggio’s extra-time strike sent them packing.

Regardless of the early exit, Nigeria won in the style stakes.

Party at the neck, business on the torso

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Party at the neck, business on the torso

Take our money

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Take our money

1998 World Cup

Four years later Nigeria arrived in France wearing a striking green number.

The kit looked best when paired with white shorts and either green or blonde hair, as sported by Taribo West and Jay-Jay Okocha.

Again they made light work of the group stages, defeating Spain and Bulgaria, before falling in the round of 16.

This time Denmark, inspired by the Laudrup brothers, proved too strong.

Some absolute fire lids

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Some absolute fire lids

Squad goals

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Squad goals

2002 World Cup

Nigeria landed in the ‘Group of Death’ in Japan and South Korea, alongside Argentina, Sweden and England.

It proved too much as the Super Eagles were sent home without winning a game.

But they couldn’t complain about not seeing each other, with Nike’s electric green kit standing out from the crowd.

Efe Sodje, who was at Crewe at the time, went heavy on the accessories by wearing an accompanying green durag and beard wax.

Anyone got some shades?

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Anyone got some shades?

Style icons

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Style icons

Why didn’t this catch on?

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Why didn’t this catch on?

2010 World Cup

For the second successive tournament Nigeria went home without winning a game, losing to Argentina and Greece before drawing to South Korea.

This time adidas went back to basics with a kit that was, by Nigeria’s maverick standards, pretty boring.

The lack of fellow green teams in Group B meant Nigeria didn’t even need to unpack their away strip.

Plain Jane

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Plain Jane

2014 World Cup

Take a pinch of 2002, throw in a sprinkle of 2010 and you had yourself Nigeria’s 2014 kit.

It did the trick as Nigeria navigated a potentially awkward group of Iran, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Argentina.

The Super Eagles battled hard in the round of 16 clash with France but were undone by two late goals as Paul Pogba put in a man of the match performance.

To add insult to injury, France’s away strip was probably the best kit at the tournament.

Eyes on the prize

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Eyes on the prize

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