Football. 1974 World Cup Finals. Holland team group: l-r, Cruyff, Jongbloed, Haan, Keizer, Rijsbergen, Rep, Suurbier, Jansen, Hanegem, Krol, Neeskens.

14 Classic World Cup Uniforms

The tournament's all-time sartorial standouts.

Bold color schemes? Stripes in every direction? Animal prints? When it comes to World Cup fashion, almost anything goes. But of the hundreds of kits on display through the decades, this collection, especially, stand out.

WEST GERMANY, 1990 Bongarts/Getty Images WEST GERMANY, 1990 After decades of sticking with traditional black and white, Germany introduced this colorful classic in their 1990 championship run. HOLLAND, 1974 Popperfoto/Getty Images HOLLAND, 1974 The minimalist design, worn atop both black or white shorts, was nothing short of perfection. The great Dutch attacking midfielder Johan Cruyff made his jersey a true collector's item by famously ripping off one of the Adidas stripes, as he was sponsored by rival Puma. URUGUAY, 1966 Rolls Press/Getty Images URUGUAY, 1966 Brilliantly simple could best describe Uruguay's traditional light blue tops.

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DENMARK, 1986 Bob Thomas/Getty Images DENMARK, 1986 When it came to stripes and solids, Denmark decided not to discriminate and melded both quite nicely. ITALY, 1974 STAFF/AFP/Getty Images ITALY, 1974 The Azzuri arrived in Germany wearing tops that resembled incredibly chic heart monitors. BELGIUM, 1982 Bob Thomas/Getty Images BELGIUM, 1982 These fire-engine red numbers featured what looked eerily like built-in suspenders. ZAIRE, 1974 PA Images via Getty Images ZAIRE, 1974 Zaire is no more, having adopted its current name, the Democratic Republic of Congo, in 1997. Nevertheless — green shirts with a red leopard on the front? Phenomenal. NIGERIA, 1994 Shaun Botterill/Getty Images NIGERIA, 1994 In their first-ever World Cup appearance in 1994, the Super Eagles were sporting uniforms that somehow were very busy and very stylish, all at once. PERU, 1970 Rolls Press/Popperfoto/Getty Images PERU, 1970 In the 1970 World Cup in Mexico, Peru came prepared with clean white kits that featured a striking red diagonal slash. FRANCE, 1978 STAFF/AFP/Getty Images FRANCE, 1978 For a single memorable game against Hungary, Les Bleus became Les Verts. ARGENTINA, 1978 Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix via Getty Images ARGENTINA, 1978 With a winter World Cup came long-sleeve jerseys, and well-coiffed Argentina braved the elements in baby-blue style. USSR, 1966 PA Images via Getty Images USSR, 1966 It's no longer the Soviet Union, of course, but these elemental 1966 uniforms are comradely classics. BRAZIL, 1986 David Cannon/Getty Images BRAZIL, 1986 The Brazilians seldom disappoint with their classic green-and-yellow motif, and legendary midfielder Socrates' look in the summer of 1986 stands the test of time. CAMEROON, 2002 Stu Forster/Getty Images CAMEROON, 2002 Originally, the Indomitable Lions didn't rock anything under these basketball-esque jerseys, but FIFA stipulated sleeves for the summer of 2002. Somehow, they made that look work, too.



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