Maybe we’re reading too much into it (we probably are— we love the World Cup and assign almost mythological proportions to it), but we feel you can learn a little bit about countries by how they’ve dressed their national teams throughout the years. The Guardian over in England (a country known to be somewhat passionate about the sport, even if usually disappointed in their result) has put together a terrific interactive guide to soccer “kits” (that’s uniform, to those of you in the United States) over the years. Like looking at the rings in a tree, you can, by looking hard enough, see what was important to each country throughout the years— portraying a modern feel, or a classic approach, or being bold and inventive. It’s all there, worn literally as the shirts on the players backs.
June 17, 2014