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There should be a separate World Cup just to show off Nike’s pre-match kits

Nike's designers have been let loose on the World Cup pre-match kits, with spectacular results

There’s a 60% chance that, while reading this, you’re wearing a Nigeria kit.

If you missed the hype train then tough luck because all three million home kits have been sold by Nike.

It’s amazing what happens when designers are allowed to stray away from copy and paste templates.


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Waves upon waves

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Waves upon waves

But not all the Nike kits got the attention they deserved.

Nike’s pre-match kits, which you might have spotted being worn by players in the build up to games, are spectacular.

So if you’re trying to find something equally at home on the 5-a-side pitch as it is at Notting Hill Carnival, look no further.

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Don’t stare for too long

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Don’t stare for too long

France

Shady lines are the theme of the day for France. It’s not really fair when you’ve got Olivier Giroud modelling your stuff though. Whatever he rock is automatically going to look ten times better.

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Portugal

X marks the spot. Who knew red, turquoise and black could look so good?

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Nigeria

To be seen alongside warm pints of Strongbow in plastic cups at Bestival, Hideout and Farr Festival this summer.

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Australia

Okay, it’s a bit bold. But everyone wears sunglasses in Australia. A prime example of Nike knowing their audience.

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Croatia

A rare occasion when it’s acceptable to stray from Croatia’s iconic checkered red and white.

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Brazil

This is a low-key addition to Nike’s pre-match kits, but stylish nonetheless. In fact, it’s our favourite of the lot.

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South Korea

South Korea clearly copied Nigeria’s homework, but we’re totally okay with that. We endorse forgery when it looks that good.

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England

Why isn’t this our official kit? We need some answers.

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Poland

Not everyone can pull off pink. Not everyone is Robert Lewandowski.

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Saudi Arabia

The worst of the lot. Fitting, given Saudi Arabia’s opening World Cup display.

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Is it wrong to want a separate World Cup just for pre-match kits?

We’d settle for a 5-a-side tournament.

England trotting out in an 1974 Admiral inspired kit would ensure football came home in style.

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