World Cup 2010: Group H jerseys

Switzerland is the outlier here, but not for any soccer-related reason. Once again, we have a colonial smackdown as Spain takes on Honduras and Chile, two former colonies. That should be fun (though probably not as fun as Portugal v. Brazil, simply because Spain is pretty awesome and neither Honduras nor Chile are awesome).

Chile home jersey for the 2010 World Cup

I’m going to assume that Chile chose red because chiles can be red. That seems to make sense to me. Otherwise, the jersey is boring bordering on catatonic. Even the Chilean FA’s crest is boring (that’s a stylized Chilean flag). I’ve already written too many words on this shirt. Moving on…

Honduras home jersey for the 2010 World Cup

The most interesting part of this shirt is the inside collar, which appears to have a stripe pattern reminiscent of old Honduras jerseys.  That said, it looks like Joma took all the worst things from Adidas’s templates from 2 or 3 years ago and put them on this shirt. I feel bad for the Honduran team because they have to wear this abomination. Which is sad, because Honduras is not terrible.

Spain home jersey for the 2010 World Cup

Ah, Spain. Classic shirt, classic color, and look at the FA’s crest. There must be something about the Iberian peninsula that causes sweet crests. Or maybe it’s the 1000-year long history of monarchy. Something like that. I’m not gonna lie: I love Spain’s shirt, not just because I love Spain but also because Spain has enough clout to force Adidas to not do anything stupid to it. And that’s always a good thing, because Adidas needs to learn to avoid stupid stripes and piping.

Switzerland home jersey for the 2010 World Cup

I suppose it’s only natural that the Swiss shirt inspires feelings of neutrality. Though I do like the FA crest (on the left shoulder; the little running dude).

So there you have. All 32 shirts in just a few short days. Some are good, some are bad, some are beyond awful. I think, just from back of the envelope calculations, that Nike acquitted itself well this time, which solid designs. On the other hand, Adidas is consistently bad while Puma is hit-and-miss (though the shoulder graphic thing works more often than it doesn’t). That doesn’t really say much about how the shirts will look on the pitch, but I’m looking forward to some more than others.

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