Who’s got the best home kit at the 2018 World Cup?
A simple question but one that’s bound to be divisive when you chuck 32 nations into the mix.
So we got you to do the
fighting work for us.
We posed the question and you answered.
So if the Twitter trolls among you need to direct your virtual anger towards someone you know who to look at.
Let’s get into it.
No World Cup group stage is complete without a couple of shocks.
Hosts Russia were dumped out of their own tournament after finishing bottom of Group A with
Mohamed Salah plus ten Egypt also failing to qualify.
But Saudi Arabia deservedly pipped Uruguay to top spot in the first of many surprises.
Spain and Portugal predictably knocked Iran and Morocco out of Group B while in Group C France stormed home, followed by Australia.
Now for the ‘Group of Death’, also known as the ‘Group of kits equally likely to be seen at a festival as on a 5-a-side pitch’.
Nigeria blew the competition away but dark horses Croatia finished bottom of the group.
Argentina and Iceland finished on equal points but Lionel Messi’s shoulders quite literally carried his side into the next round on goal difference.
Brazil and Costa Rica went through in Group E, leaving Serbia and Switzerland blaming their tailors.
Germany absolutely walked Group F with Mexico just about crawling through to the knockout stages behind them.
England made uncharacteristically light work of Group G along with Belgium, proving once and for all that Gareth Southgate is more stylish than Roberto Martinez.
Colombia and Senegal were the final two sides progressing to the knockout stages.
Harsh on Japan who, in our opinion, were worthy of a place in the latter stages of the tournament.
France comfortably waltzed past Argentina in the first knockout round, quickly followed by Portugal and Spain who saw off hipster favourites Saudi Arabia and Uruguay.
Nigeria beat Australia in a one-sided affair with Brazil coasting past Mexico despite seemingly having had the same kit for the last 20 years.
England beat Senegal but it wasn’t as comfortable as you would have hoped, mainly because our kit is a plain white tee with a badge on it.
Germany finished with 71% of the votes against Costa Rica. What is it with German World Cup sides and those two numbers?
Colombia were the last of the eight sides to qualify after hammering Belgium in a surprisingly one-sided affair.
On to the quarters.
Vive la France. France got revenge for Euro 2016 by knocking Portugal out to progress to the semi-finals, where they were joined by… England.
Yep, England also made it to the semis after a slightly dodgy victory against Brazil.
France and England were joined by Germany whose inevitable march to the finals continued with a nervy win against Colombia.
Finally, in a battle of two sides who should really make the final on sartorial elegance, Nigeria smashed Spain.
France, England, Germany and Nigeria. Who you got?
It’s coming home, it’s coming home, it’s cooooooming.
England 55(%), France 44(%). We’re going to the final lads. Get the warm Carling out and start working out how you’re going to get off work early.
Nigeria annihilated Germany in the other semi-final, meaning no repeat of 1966.
The dream is over. It’s now 52 years and counting.
We can’t be mad that Nigeria won. It would have been a travesty if anyone but Nigeria had come out on top in the World Cup of kits.
Tune in next week when we go through each nation’s alternative goalkeeper jersey. Don’t worry, that one’s in the bag for England.
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