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How do the 2018 World Cup kits compare to the 2014 World Cup kits?

Which 2018 World Cup nations have improved since 2014 and which ones need to go back to the drawing board?

Are you bored of all this talk about kits leading up to the World Cup?

No? Us neither. But if there’s one thing we like more than current kits it’s adding a splash of nostalgia.

Don’t worry, we won’t go too far back. How does the 2014 World Cup sound? Let’s have a look how the 2014 kits compare to the current crop.

Obviously we could only include the teams that were/will be present at both tournaments.


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Move aside Catinho

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Move aside Catinho

Russia

A clear example of past being better than the present.

Russia’s home kit for the 2014 World Cup was a lovely shade of burgundy- never a bad thing on a football pitch- while the away strip featured an eye-catching blue block on the shoulders.

But given Russia didn’t get out of the group stages in Brazil it’s hardly surprising the host nation have switched it up.

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Uruguay

Not much to choose between 2014 and 2018 here.

Giorgio Chiellini still suffers from shoulder-based PTSD every time he sees Uruguay’s white away kit thanks to the teeth of Luis Suarez.

As Uruguay knocked England out of the group stages we favour the current effort.

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Portugal

Portugal only wore their home kit during the 2014 World Cup as they failed to progress past the group stages.

But you would still have scored high in Portugal World Cup bingo with Pepe getting sent off for losing his head in the first game and Cristiano Ronaldo thoroughly underperforming.

The kit that’ll be worn by the 2018 crop is cleaner so it gets our vote. Sorry Pepe.

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Spain

Spain’s failings in Brazil were arguably the biggest shock of the 2014 World Cup which was a shame given how nice both their home and away strips were.

Fair play to adidas though because they’ve come through with a sensational home kit for Russia.

The away kit is slightly ropier but there’s enough credit in the bank from the home strip.

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France

Happier times for Karim Benzema.

Who could be upset in a kit as beautiful as France’s 2014 home and away strips?

The 2018 efforts are pleasing although we think 2014 still shades it.

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Australia

You don’t get too many kit clashes when your kit is gold and green, so Australia only wore their home strip in 2014.

But you’re going to have to wait for the 2018 kit.

Nike are keeping Australia fans on their toes by releasing it in June, by which point Tim Cahill will already be punching corner flags.

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Argentina

Argentina wore their home strip all the way through to the final in 2014, at which point they switched to their away kit and lost to Germany. Ouch.

Whatever happens in Russia Lionel Messi and co will bow out stylishly.

The home kit pays homage to years gone by while the away strip has just enough flair to make it acceptable to wear at Notting Hill Carnival.

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Croatia

Did you know it’s physically impossible to make a disgusting Croatia kit?

Honestly. It’s been proved by science.

We can’t separate the 2014 and 2018 kits so feel free to toss a coin.

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Nigeria

Stop the search.

The best kit at the 2018 World Cup has been found and will be wrapped around the players of Nigeria.

The Super Eagles needed something big after a pretty grim 2014 kit.

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Brazil

You know what you’re getting with Brazil kits.

In all honesty we can’t really tell the difference between 2014’s kit and the latest strip.

Answers on a postcard.

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Switzerland

Switzerland’s all-red 2014 home kit was completely unoffensive, which is about right for Switzerland.

But Puma have pushed the boat out by chucking a load of squiggly lines on the 2018 home kit.

It’s a yes from us, even if it might cause a bit of outrage back home.

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Costa Rica

Ahh, little ol’ Costa Rica. How we laughed when England were drawn in the same group.

We won’t dwell on what happened and we won’t dwell on Costa Rica’s 2014 kits which were a bit DIY.

It doesn’t look like much effort has gone into the 2018 version either.

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Germany

Is there anything Germany don’t do with ruthless efficiency?

In 2014 they dropped two strong kits, only to seamlessly upgrade them for the 2018 World Cup.

Prepare to see Germany’s latest away kit at every festival you attend this summer.

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Mexico

This is a dead heat between 2014 and 2018.

Mexico’s home kit was better in 2014 but an abomination of an away kit has been improved for 2018.

Lesson learned.

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South Korea

South Korea turned up with one of the most underrated home kits at the 2014 World Cup, only to be knocked out in the group stages.

This year it’s the turn of the away kit to shine.

Again, a 1-1 draw between 2014 and 2018.

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Belgium

When you’re every hipster’s favourite side you need a kit to match.

In 2014 Belgium got it all wrong but that’s been rectified for 2018.

A clear win for the latest kits.

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England

England only wore their white kit at the 2014 World Cup thanks to an inability to beat Costa Rica, Uruguay or Italy.

Asking which England kit is better between 2014 and 2018 is like asking whether you prefer water from Pret or Starbucks.

Tap water all the way.

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Colombia

When James Rodriguez is wearing your kit it’s hard not to look good.

Colombia’s 2018 kits shade it with the home strip in particular a real beauty.

Anyone able to lend us £60?

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Japan

Ding, ding, ding, ding.

We have a winner. Japan have improved on their 2014 World Cup kit by putting white dots on the 2018 World Cup strip.

Don’t just take our word for it, have a look for yourself.

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