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The best football kits in the international game right now

International breaks may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but there is at least one thing all football fans can enjoy while the club game is paused: brilliant football kits. 

With a major international tournament coming very soon, there has been a ton of new jerseys launched since the start of the season.

Euro 2020 is going to bear witness to some top class football shirts, and we’ve already gotten to see a few of them during the Fifa Men’s World Cup qualifiers in Europe and beyond. Here are a few we’ve really like.

The best kits in international football right now:

Netherlands, home – Nike

Nike have moved away from the blue details in Netherlands’ home jersey and returned to the sleek orange and black combo that has served them well in the past. The v-neck collar is a welcome throwback to their Euro 2000 kit.

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Italy, home – Puma

The Renaissance is having a… Renaissance with Puma’s latest design for Italy’s home shirt. The subtle pattern, minimal dark blue collar and classic azzurro colour make this an instant favourite.

The Italians will once again be the best dressed at a major international tournament when they line out for Euro 2020 next summer.

Germany, away – Adidas

If Germany’s away kit for the 2018 World Cup was an eye-catching green, then they have gone in a totally different direction for the Euros.

Adidas have put together this stunning blacked-out jersey, with a red and gold trim on the sleeves the only other colours thrown in.

Nigeria, home – Nike

Nike were always going to have produce something special to follow up on the amazing Nigeria kit they manufactured for the 2018 World Cup. And that’s just what they did.

The green pattern is inspired by Agbada, a type of flowing wide-sleeved robe worn by men in much of West Africa. The design is amazing, while the centralised Nigeria crest and contrasting crew neck collar finish it off nicely.

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Sweden, away – Adidas

Pinstripes have always looked well on Sweden’s jerseys over the years, but this edition is simply wonderful from Adidas. The navy blue and yellow stripes contrast well together, while the simple v-neck collar is just right.

Norway, away – Nike

Norway’s home jersey is a nice, but quite basic Nike template, where their away top is marvellous. It features a white base, covered in an icy-blue graphic, and framed by a darker blue trim on the collar and sleeves.

It is, however, somewhat detracted by the player issue featuring a white back, so that the numbers and name are more visible on television. The replica version available in shops does not sport this feature and is all the better for it.

Bulgaria, home – Joma

The only non-Nike or Adidas kit on this list, Joma have done an outstanding job on Bulgaria’s home kit. The two-tone band and large crest across the chest looks magnificent, topped off by the green and red trim. The Spanish sports line have played a blinder here.

Croatia, away – Nike

We are legally obliged to include Croatia here because they simply do not do bad kits, but we’re not talking about their home jersey for once.

While they usually don a blue and red jersey when playing away, Nike have gone for a black and grey pixelated effect on this occasion. The same colour combination didn’t come out so well on Liverpool’s second kit, but with this design the Croats are looking fresh.

It’s always nice to see one of the big manufacturers try some something a little different in a world of increasingly homogenised football kits.

Read: Six Premier League players who’ve been smashing it on international duty

See Also: Rock bottom: Ireland’s worst qualifier defeats in recent history

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