World Cup Football Kits

Which are the Greatest?

With World Cup 2018 about to get underway in Russia, Greaves Sports are reminiscing on some of the greatest retro kits to have ever graced a football pitch.

As football fever reaches a high over the summer, we’ll see some fantastic new football kits sported by modern stars of the game. In preparation, our team have searched the vaults of home and away kits of world cup football shirts past…

In no particular order, take a look at our selection of 6 below!


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We’ll begin close to home with the English. Usually reliable providers of a good-looking kit, their retro football shirts are popular among fans worldwide.

Whether that’s the iconic 1966 World Cup winning kit, the stunning 1980s kits of ‘82 and ‘86, or the much-loved 1990 strip that’s so synonymous with the tears of Paul Gascoigne – a stand-out performer named in the 1990 All-Star Team.

Our favourite kit of theirs? The 1966 kit pips the others to the post. The classic yet eye-catching red design with white colourways was worn by the England legends including Bobby Moore, Bobby Charlton, Gordon Banks, Jimmy Greaves and Geoff Hurst.

Can the English improve on recent international failures in Russia? They’ll be hoping that the 2018 England kit will bring Harry Kane and co. some luck this summer.


Germany know how to knock up a fantastic looking football kit. Traditionally designed by Adidas, the stunning 2018 Germany kit is no exception to that rule.

But what about their kits of years gone by? Personally, we’re huge fans of the long-sleeved 1986 home kit and the home and away kits of both 1990 and ‘94.

The winner? It can only be the 1990 kit for us! Worn by German icons such as Lothar Matthäus, Rudi Völler, Karl-Heinz Riedle and Jürgen Klinsmann – the kit has proven so popular that it’s been reimagined for the 2018 World Cup.

Will it bring the same luck as 1990 and help current stars including Manuel Neuer, Mats Hummels, Toni Kroos and Mesut Özil retain the World Cup? Watch this space.


The Argentina kit is instantly recognisable in the world of football. Simple, classy and eye-catching; three statements that perfectly sum up the typical Argentine offering from Adidas.

Which of their kits have stood the test of time though? Which are as coveted today as they were decades ago?

Our favourites include the 1977 home strip, the ‘86 home strip and the stunning 1990 special kit. Our clear winner however, is the 1978 home shirt; a perfect mix of clean lines, crisp colours and competition prestige, this Argentina kit lives long in the memory.

Can Argentina repeat their form of ‘78 and ‘86 this summer? This year’s Argentina kit will be worn by the likes of Lionel Messi, Nicolas Otamendi, Angel Di Maria, Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala in Russia.


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With one of the strongest squads at World Cup 2018, Les Bleus will be looking to impress in Russia with this year’s stunning France kits, but can they take home the trophy?

The last time they did so was 1998, coincidentally this is the same year of our favourite retro French football kit. Worn by the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Laurent Blanc, Patrick Vieira, Marcel Desailly and Thierry Henry, the French squad of ‘98 boasted a wealth of World Cup-winning talent.

Can the current crop of Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann, N’Golo Kante and Kylian Mbappe mirror the achievements of 1998 at this year’s FIFA World Cup?


The red of La Roja never fails to lend itself to a striking football kit; as symbolic to world football as their style of play, Spain have provided some stunning World Cup kits over the years.

From the striking retro looks of the 1982 kit to the stunning 1994 kit, a design so popular that Adidas have decided to use it as inspiration for the Spanish 2018 World Cup kit, there’s plenty to pick from. Our favourite however, is the 2010 home shirt, a kit synonymous with the nation’s first win on the world stage.

Now in a transitional period after their four year dominance on the world stage from 2008 to 2012, can the likes of Sergio Ramos, David De Gea, Andrés Iniesta and Isco deliver the nation’s second FIFA World Cup trophy?


The most successful team ever on the World Cup stage, Brazil are always among the favourites to lift the trophy. It’s therefore not surprising that they’ve given us some memorable kits over the years, but which is the greatest World Cup football kit?

There’s plenty of contenders; the 1974 home shirt is a retro classic, as are the 1978 home and away shirts. We’re sticking in the ‘70s for our number one choice, and it’s the iconic 1970 home shirt that comes out the winner.

Also the year of the first televised World Cup, the shirt of 1970 was worn by legends including Carlos Alberto, Jairzinho, Rivellino and (of course) Pelé.

Wearing this year’s 1970 inspired Brazil kit from Nike, can current stars such as Neymar, Dani Alves, Marcelo and Philippe Coutinho bring a record sixth World Cup back to Brazil?

Do you agree with our list of greatest World Cup kits? Which home and away kits would you include?

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