Strip Club–Euro 2012 Kit Tournament (Group C)
In an ambitious effort to get involved with the upcoming Euros, I followed the draw, game by game, to determine which kit would win Euro 2012 based on my tastes. These posts are an extension of my Strip Club posts and the epic Kit Tournament done by Avoiding the Drop for the 2010 World Cup.
Special thanks to Mao Football, whose post got this all kicked off for me. Also to TheScore.ie , who put together a slide show of each jersey. Finally, 7football created a graphic representation of each strip complete with shirt, shorts and socks. Truly phenomenal stuff.
Here we go.
Spain v Italy
Tough opening game because after years in the kit design wilderness, Puma finally got an Italian one right. The white away kit with the blue band across the chest is close to perfection, plus there is no weird collar or accent or anything that distracts from the strip as a whole. Spain’s home kit stays the course, red with yellow piping, navy blue shorts, and red socks. My only concern for La Furia Roja is the tightness factor that Liverpool had to deal with this last season. All three points to the Azzurri in a close encounter.
Ireland v Croatia
On the field, hard to see either of these teams progressing but both could be spoilers. In a fashion sense however, one of these teams has a strong case to go far. And it’s not Ireland. Umbro got the home kit wrong, with alternating vertical strips of different greens and a very polo shirt-esque collar. Not impressive. The Croatians typically go with some sort of blue kit for away days, and this version is no different. What changes is Nike’s design, sort of doing a reversible peek a boo, using a solid blue kit peeled back to revel the red and white checkered home kit. No question, the Croatians take the points.
Italy v Croatia
Assuming the Italians wear the traditional blue, that means the Croatians will go with the checkered home strip. As stated before, the Italian away kit is simple and stylish, but the home kit is a disaster with a very obtrusive design interwoven in the kit and a horrible collar that seems like a rolled over V neck. Ugh. Croatia are all but in the knockout stage with an easy victory.
Spain v Ireland
Spain’s home kit should theoretically go far, but it’s in a tough group, and their tournament is over early. Ireland’s away strip makes up for the hideous home version, with a white shirt accented by slimmer version of alternating strips of the home kit going from shoulder to the bottom of the shirt. It’s not enough to get them three points but earns a share of the spoils.
Croatia v Spain
Spain are out. Their away kit is one of the worst of the entire tournament, a shade of baby blue that makes you wonder if City’s Sheikh had some sort of influence. Add to this a diagonal strip that looks just looks terrible. Croatia’s home kit is iconic and awesome. Yes it looks like a much slimmer Big Boy mascot is running around, but I love it. Croatia go through as group winners with maximum points.
Italy v Ireland
The ugly blue home kit of the Azzurri against the tolerable white/green kit of the Irish. Trapattoni knocks out his home country only due to fashion sense and not due to actions on the pitch. He may not be able to return to Italy, but he lives to fight another day with his Irish team.