World Cup 2014: USA win 'not realistic'
Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann admits that his team is not likely to win the World Cup, as the USA stages an open practice at their training facility in Sao Paulo.PT0M59S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-39y80 620 349 June 12, 2014
The World Cup team strips will provide a carnival of colour and fashion, from Brazil's bright yellow shirts to the Netherlands' classic orange to Croatia's red chequered kit and the superhero-inspired looks of Mexico.
The 2014 tournament, which opens on Thursday when Brazil hosts Croatia, features the classics, the creative and the downright outlandish.
The Americans' new red, white and blue colour-block shirts - critics say they resemble Domino's Pizza delivery uniforms - can't be as bad as the memorable faux denim outfits from 1994. But the vote is still out on how the newest outfit for the Stars and Stripes will go over.
The US shirt: critics say they resemble Domino's Pizza delivery uniforms. Photo: Nike
"The USA jersey feels very patriotic," said Los Angeles designer and stylist Este Stanley of Este Stanley Design. "It's easy to identify the country as the US"
The US isn't the only nation trying the block style.
"Another stylish direction is the colour-blocking or piecing - USA away or Ecuador away or Colombia," said Tom Julian, men's fashion director at The Doneger Group, a retail merchandising and consulting firm based in New York.
England have gone for a simple white shirt. Photo: Nike
Then there are the classics.
Brazil will be in the traditional yellow with five stars representing its record five titles.
Several teams are all about understated looks: There are England's white home jersey and red away kit - like the one players wore in the victorious 1966 final against West Germany - and the traditional blue of Italy with the a crest over the heart in the nation's tricolour.
The Mexico shirt: "like a Power Ranger". Photo: Adidas
They contrast sharply with Croatia and its large red-and-white checks.
Four years ago, Slovenia's second strip was green shirts with large yellow zigzags in a look reminiscent of Charlie Brown.
Some teams have gone for subtle patterns that still stand out. Mexico's lightning bolts on both strips will make their players fashionable as the team travels around Brazil.
The classic yellow Brazilian shirt. Photo: Reuters
"I am definitely partial to those shirts with daring superhero graphics or shirts that focus on the torso in a dynamic way," Julian said. "Mexico, very 'Shazam!' with the lightning-rod effect - probably my favourite out of all."
Plenty of supporters are flocking into Brazil wearing the new outfit.
"The jersey's like a Power Ranger, I like it," said 28-year-old architect Alan Gonzalez, of Durango, Mexico. He sported the shirt and a sombrero travelling to Sao Paulo via Atlanta with four friends on Tuesday.
Cameroon players will wear this. Photo: Puma
Cameroon's forest-green, art-inspired shirt with the look of etchings makes a bold statement for the small African nation.
In the 2004 African Cup of Nations, Cameroon briefly used a track-style one-piece. The outfit with a green shirt and red shorts was quickly banned by FIFA before the 2006 World Cup.
The current kit is generating some positive attention.
Costa Rica's "space-age superhero" shirt. Photo: AP
"The Cameroon jersey is the cutest and most fashionable with an Ikat print," Stanley said.
Some countries have nicknames based on their kits: France is known as Les Bleus after its classic navy top. The Netherlands wears orange because it's the royal colour - and are nicknamed "Oranje" because of it.
Chile's red home jersey with a blue collar and narrow white stripes down both sides of the neck should bode well for those looking to show off some flair in Brazil and beyond.
Julian calls Costa Rica's look, featuring almost a backward checkmark across the chest, "very space-age superhero" and Nigeria's two-toned green tops with subtle vertical stripes "very green villain."
"Soccer jersey styles are typical and expected with crewneck and polo shirt silhouettes," Julian said. "But the "Johnny collar" style - Chile home - is definitely on trend and a modern silhouette for today's active guy."