Huw Davies gets square-eyed in the name of football fashion…
48. Russia, home
Adidas have made some cracking kits for Euro 2016, and we’ll be waxing lyrical about them later, but Russia’s home top isn’t a patch on their swish away number. The crest imprint belongs on the wallpaper of a film noir brothel.
47 & 46. Iceland, home and away
Nobody is more excited than FFT to watch Iceland take on nations 20 times their size, but we wish they wouldn’t do it wearing shirts with weird collars made worse by Comic Sans-like lettering on the inside.
— Iceland Monitor (@IcelandMonitor) March 2, 2016
45. Portugal, away
We’d love to know what Cristiano Ronaldo thinks of this hue. It somewhat undermines the breastplate’s intended intimidating effect.
44. Romania, home
“Carl! Romania called – they need a new strip in time for tomorrow’s launch. I’ve just about got the collar sorted, although it’s a bit tight; do we have any material left for the rest of it? What do you mean, ‘just yellow’? How much yellow?”
— Sherif AFC (@ShSalahedin) March 23, 2016
43. Romania, away
“Oh, now you find another colour. All right, this’ll have to do. Let’s just hope they don’t face Ukraine or Sweden. No, Carl, for the last time: Brazil won’t be at the European Championship...”
42. Sweden, away
We applaud the intent to do something different, but this looks like a training top – albeit a durable one. You’d take it to the gym, anyway.
41. Germany, away
Speaking of training tops, this literally is one. Germany’s reversible away shirt, worn against England, doubles as a practice bib. Full marks for innovation; fewer marks for colouration.
40. Italy, home
A classical style suits the Azzurri, but there’s something not quite right about the pinstripes, restricting collar and wavy midriff pattern. Wait until you see the away kit, though – it’s bellissimo.
39 & 38. Albania, home and away
It isn’t easy to design a minimalist two-headed eagle to be fair, but these panels looks less like Albania’s emblem and more like the Millennium Bug. The home (red), away (white) and third (black) strips are near-identical in design, down to the unusual “Korean collar”.
— SHQIPERIA IME (@ShqiperiaImeAL) January 31, 2016
37. France, home
We’re big fans of Nike’s cross-brand matching of shirt and short colours (e.g. England), but France belong in a top-to-bottom Tricolor, dammit. Still, it’s a nice shade of blue, paler than previous jerseys.
The new France Euro 2016 Home Kit introduces a modern design for the hosts of the Euro 2016, released on March 17. pic.twitter.com/kPqxdEPv5h
— 7M Sports (@7m_Sports) March 20, 2016
36. Ukraine, away
Tartan was born beside the Black Sea – who knew?
35. Czech Republic, home
We’re torn on this kit (probably because it’s so tight). The shading is nice, as is the central positioning of the crest, but the overall feel is that of a base layer rather than a football shirt. And why are those chevrons pointing so suggestively south?
— Football Fashion (@footballfashion) November 10, 2015
34. Poland, away
This change strip is slick and tidy, not unlike the team. However, it’s perhaps in need of white shorts to offset the strong colour and assert Poland’s identity.
33. Ukraine, home
Eye-catching cross-hatching suits Ukraine’s regular uniform better than their blue away top, though we’re not sold on buttons adorning a football kit. And if you disagree, Crimea river. Eh? Eh? Oh, never mind.
32. Republic of Ireland, away
The FAI and Umbro released a new change strip at the behest of supporters, and they seem happier with this refined if routine effort than the "charcoal, white and green gecko" hues of the previous away shirt.
— The Final Third (@TheFinal_Third) April 29, 2016
31. Slovakia, home
Sharing the midriff wave and thick hoops of Puma stablemates Italy and Switzerland respectively, with a swooping collar to boot, this feels a little unfocused.
— Football Fashion (@footballfashion) November 12, 2015