Apparel Fails in The History of FIFA Soccer World Cup
The 2018 FIFA Soccer World Cup is just around the corner, which is why we thought we would take this opportunity to have a look at some of the worst apparel fails in the history of the event.
1. United States of America, 1994
The USA decided their soccer jerseys would look good with the base colour of “stonewashed denim.” If this wasn’t bad enough, the design incorporated enormous white stars all over the jersey, obviously to represent the flag of America. However, we think they couldn’t have gone more wrong with the look of this jersey!
2. Germany, 1990
If you think the USA’s 1994 jerseys were a bit over the top, make sure you check out Germany’s jerseys from the 1990 FIFA Word Cup. While the design is a little less out-there than the USA’s, the colour certainly makes up for it just being plain awful! We don’t think that pastel green should be used anywhere, let alone at an international event, livestreamed to the world.
3. Croatia, 1998
If you were to look at Croatia’s jersey from the 1998 FIFA World Cup for too long, you would get dizzy. Not only did the jersey look off-balance, its red and white chequered pattern is just something that nobody should ever wear.
4. Germany, 1994
Unfortunately, Germany’s success on the field doesn’t correlate to their success with choosing good-looking jerseys. Check out the design around the neck and bottom of the shorts. We think any other design would have been better than this!
5. Brazil, 1994
Brazil is known as being one of the most successful soccer teams in the world, which is why you would think they would wear inspiring jerseys. On this occasion, Brazil opted for possibly one of the most boring designs – just a simple yellow/gold jersey. We think that they could definitely step it up, at least a little bit!
6. England, 1990
If you check out England’s jersey from the 1990 FIFA World Cup, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Private school uniform? Corporate Wear? Flight Attendant? We agree. This isn’t exactly the style of jersey you are wanting to wear when you’re playing sport, that’s for sure!
7. Mexico 1998
Take one look at this jersey and you’ll know what we are talking about. If you’re thinking “is that a face in the middle of the jersey,” then you are quite correct. It’s the face of an Aztec god. We’re not sure if these jerseys were supposed to scare off the opponent. If so, unfortunately it didn’t work for Mexico at the 1998 games.
8. Spain 1994
Remember Germany’s 1994 kit? We feel like Spain’s kit for the same year was weirdly similar. A similar pattern was incorporated into the jersey, only for Germany’s jerseys the pattern was in a different place. Considering we really didn’t think much of Germany’s 1994 kit, we can’t help but dislike this one, too!
9. Cameroon 2002
Cameroon’s jerseys caused quite a stir at the 2002 FIFA Soccer World Cup? Why? Well, because they were sleeveless! It wasn’t long before FIFA stepped in and let the team know that the sleeveless garments were against the competition’s regulations. Black sleeves were then added, however they were almost invisible on the Cameroon players!
10. Germany 2010
Germany’s 2010 team saw yet another jersey fail! It wasn’t long into the competition before the media started to pick up on their jerseys resembling those worn by Hilter’s SS squad during World War II. The jerseys manufacturer, Adidas, disagreed, saying that the eleven strips are sewn into the jersey to represent team spirit.
There you have it! These are our top 10 apparel fails at the FIFA World Cup over the years. Which one do you think is the very worst? Have we missed any that you think really should be on this list? Let us know in the comments!