It may be a year later than planned, but Euro 2020 is finally here! Like all football fans around the world, we can’t wait to see which country will emerge victorious in the ultimate showdown: By that, of course, we mean the fight to crown the team with the best jerseys in the competition.
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Below we have compiled and rated every jersey registered by each nation at Euro 2020 from the group stage to the final. According to UEFA’s own tournament format, the group winners and runners-up advance together with the four best third-placed finishers, and then it’s a pure knockout tournament.
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At home: Turkey doesn’t tend to experiment a lot when it comes to their kits as their Euro 2020 ensemble follows a well-known template. The home shirt is white with a red ribbon across the waist that bears the iconic crescent moon and star emblem on the national flag. A very subtle change from previous designs includes the enlargement of the crescent moon and star to “capture the incredible passion for football in Turkey,” according to Nike.
Path: Instead of simply changing colors, the Turkey away shirt is two-tone red with a slightly darker shade on the collar and chest band. The moon-star emblem, which dates back to the time of the Ottoman Empire, is back. Both jerseys carry the sentence “Turkiyem“(” My Turkey “) printed on the inside.
At home: Italy has drawn heavily on its artistic and cultural heritage for its kits, with Puma’s design for the blue home shirt being inspired by traditional mosaics and Renaissance architecture. The Azzurri‘s leotard features a delicate, floral tile motif that resembles those found on the walls of opera houses, galleries, and cathedrals of the 15th century.
Path: This theme continues on the away shirt, with the white base adorned with an ornate chevron pattern, again inspired by the “culture-defining era of art and architecture” of the 14th to 17th centuries.
Italy also wore a third third shirt during their qualifying campaign. a wonderfully opulent deep green and gold design. It is only the second time in their history that the Italian national team after Azzurri transformed into the Verdi for a friendly against Argentina in 1954. Unfortunately, their emerald green third shirt will not be used at Euro 2020 due to UEFA guidelines which only allow the country to register two kits for the tournament (home and away), but it is anyway a staggering small number.
At home: Wales’ home shirt glows in the bright red and gold found on the ancestral plaque of national hero Owain Glyndwr, who led an uprising against British rule in the 15th century. Plus, having a dragon on your national flag and coat of arms is hard to go wrong. The only thing that Cymru Kit down is that once you’ve removed the moldings, it’s based on a fairly generic V-neck template.
Path: Wales away shirts are usually available in one of two colors, white or yellow, and this continues that tradition. This golden yellow scented jersey also has a subtle two-tone brushstroke pattern and a small daffodil (the national flower) printed on the neck.
At home: According to Puma, this design takes up the minimalist principles of the renowned Swiss style schools of the 1950s. However, the jersey is stripped down so that it essentially leaves a plain red jersey with white basics that is pretty boring no matter how you cut it open.
Path: The accompanying away kit is no more vivid as Puma assigns Switzerland the most disappointing iteration to a template that will come back up as we go through the teams here.
Group winners: Italy
Runner up: Wales
Eliminated: Turkey, Switzerland
At home: Predominantly red with white raglan sleeves, the Denmark home shirt sees the return of the Hummel chevrons over its shoulders, just as they were when they shocked Europe by winning the ’92 European Championship. There’s the subtle addition of a sound wave graphic above the torso, a representation of Danish fans singing their national anthem in a packed parking stadium in support of the team.
Path: The away shirt also features the same sound wave, although it’s a little harder to spot as a silvery detail on a white background. Both jerseys are designed to be pleasantly clean and tidy.
Denmark also has a third alternative kit which is directly inspired by their famous 1986 World Cup jersey, which is still considered one of the most popular football shirts of all time. The 2021 version takes the half-and-half shirt worn by luminaries such as Michael Laudrup, Allan Simonsen and Jan Molby and renders it in two-tone red. The Danish Football Association claims that the third kit is a special tribute to its fans and for that purpose the phrase “The Rode Mur“(” The Red Wall “) is written on the back of the neck to pay homage to the fans who fill the stands with every game.
At home: The home jersey of the Huuhkajat (Eagle Owls) is inspired by the flag of the Nordic nation, with a huge blue cross dominating the white behind it. The gold trim is a nice touch, and overall the design is a bit more interesting than the range of almost identical white-and-blue-trim designs Finland has sported over the past few years.
Path: The obvious approach for the away kit would be to change the colors, but instead Finland went for a buttoned polo shirt that is almost chic enough to wear on a formal occasion.
At home: The most notable aspect of the latest Belgium shirt is the eye-catching two-tone brush stroke graphic that cuts back and forth across the front to create a stylized letter “B”. We’re jumping in here and suggesting that the “B” probably stands for “Belgium” rather than “Batshuayi” or “Benteke”. It is also the national team’s first shirt to feature the Belgian Football Association’s logo, which was introduced in late 2019.
Path: The white away kit, another chunky V-neck, manages to look both like a throwback from the 1980s and like a design fitting for the modern age. This is in part due to the sleek, classy decor, which is offset by the mottled two-tone graphic that covers the shirt.
At home: Russia’s home kit for Euro 2020 had to undergo a hasty redesign immediately after its release in 2019. It happened after the Russian Federation complained that the blue and white trimmings on the sleeves were out of order, and therefore the effect was more like the Serbian flag than its own. In the run-up to the tournament, Russia continued to use their previous home kit they wore on their way to the quarter-finals of the 2018 World Cup, but now they have a modified version of the new kit ready for the big boys to start.
Path: Fortunately, Adidas got the Russian national colors right the first time with the away jersey, with the white jersey combined with the blue and red ribbons in the center of the design forming the tricolor. It is simple, effective and reminds – for extra patriotism points – of the uniform of the national ice hockey team of the same country.
Group winners: Belgium
Runner up: Denmark
Best third place: Finland
At home: The orange home shirt of the Netherlands is adorned with a geometric outline of a lion, reflecting the emblem of the Dutch Football Association (KNVB). As star defender Virgil van Dijk, who missed the tournament due to an injury, put it: “We need to have the Leuven mentality to be successful.” Whether it also leads to them sleeping 20 hours a day remains to be seen.
Path: The Dutch rarely miss the mark when it comes to their away kits and this offer is no different. This sleek black and orange shirt with buttons easily joins classics like 1998 (electric blue), 2006 (the one with the sash), 2008 (pale blue), 2010 (white with red and blue angles), and 2014 (white with red blue diamonds).
At home: Ukraine unveiled their new kit the weekend before the start of the tournament and there has been a diplomatic incident. The jersey is a modification of the previous design, with the coat of arms shifted to the center of the chest and surrounded by an embroidered outline of Ukraine, which includes the Crimea region. Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014. Moscow regards the peninsula as part of Russia, but is internationally recognized as part of Ukraine. Dmitry Svishchev, a Russian parliamentarian, was quoted by the RIA news agency as saying that the draft was “a political provocation”.
Path: The away kit is a straightforward reversal of the home kit, although the team has yet to play in the redesigned version.
At home: You could easily squint at the Austrian home shirt and mistake it for an old Arsenal shirt thanks to the red body and white block sleeves. The details, however, help it stand out from the traditional alpine costume and the Viennese Secession movement founded by artists like Gustav Klimt in the late 19th century, says Puma. Finally, a new badge of the Austrian Football Association (OFB) adorns the chest – a ten-winged eagle, with each wing representing one of Austria’s nine regional football league administrations in addition to the Bundesliga itself.
Path: The away kit is moody and mysterious. The dark black shirt has the OFB crest in the center and then repeats the rest of the torso in a subtle, faded pattern.
At home: North Macedonia’s kits are so fresh that they haven’t even been worn in a game. They are preparing to make their debut at a major tournament with a kit inspired by their symbolic power animal, the Balkan lynx. The growling face of the lynx, which also adorns the local denarius currency, can be seen in the graphic that fills the front of the shirt, with the angular pattern continuing down to the sleeves.
Path: The big cat is back on the away jersey, this time in silvery-gray lines on a field in bright white, contrasted with golden decorative stripes, a color taken from the coat of arms of the Macedonian Football Association.
Manufacturer Jako has also produced a third alternative for North Macedonia. The shirt is black with a bright orange trim, with the omnipresent lynx in “anthracite” – or “gray”, as we used to call it.
Group winners: Netherlands
Runner up: Austria
Best third place: North Macedonia
At home: Designed to represent the modern English team, Nike says the home shirt was designed with unity and togetherness in mind. Both the collar and the zigzag stripes along the flanks of the shirt are embossed with a graphic that reflects a “community of lions” – players and fans connected by a shared dream. The three lions badge and the manufacturer’s logo are also arranged in the middle, which is not seen often these days.
Path: The bright blue away shirt has a large turn-down collar, color-coordinated badges and an abstract geometric graphic of jumbled lions. It looks like official casual wear that could have been worn at the team hotel around 1998, and that’s definitely not a bad thing.
At home: Croatia is aware that there is no need to manipulate a classic and will play in beautiful big red and white squares in its first major tournament game since reaching the 2018 World Cup final. The checks reflect the pattern of their national coat of arms, and the shirts also have the words “Hrvatska Vatreni” (“Croatia Blazer”) on the inside, which are intended to serve as a metaphorical mirror of inner pride.
Path: The away kit is a little more street-oriented, with the plaids getting a secret gray makeover. Instead of a uniform pattern, the blocks are also smaller and slightly distorted to create an urban camouflage effect.
At home: It is difficult to get a Scotland home kit wrong as the signature navy blue usually gives great results. However, the Euro 2020 home kit also has what Adidas calls dark “hand-painted tires” which make it look like the colors have run in the wash.
Path: Thankfully, the away kit is a lot more sophisticated, with a light blue diamond pattern that is a bit reminiscent of Argentina kits from years gone by.
At home: At first glance we are dealing with a simple red soccer jersey, but on closer inspection you will discover some nice details. The design is covered with angular graphics taken from lipa (lime), an ancient symbol of freedom and happiness in Slavic mythology.
Path: The associated away shirt is simpler overall, an all-white design with thin red and blue accents that frame the crest in the center of the design.
Group winners: England
Runner up: Croatia
Eliminated: Scotland, Czech Republic
At home: A usable jersey, but hardly a classic by Spanish standards, whereby the red patchwork graphic gives the impression of a particularly aggressive dermatological problem. According to Adidas, the scratchy, almost pixelated design is an allusion to the national flag. The fine details also include the number “1920” printed on the neck in reference to the 100th anniversary of the Spanish Football Association (RFEF), which is launching its first official jersey.
Path: With a classic design in white, silver and burnished red, the away jersey graciously serves as a calming balm for the sore sight of the home jersey. In truth, the away kit is nothing special, but still absolutely majestic compared to Spain’s other kit.
At home: Another design known from Adidas, although the oversized collar and cuffs admittedly look good once dabbed in the yellow and blue of the Swedish flag.
Path: Sweden’s away kit is where the action takes place, with a sleek navy and yellow pinstripe design that works wonders for the Blagul. Adidas says the design “combines class and modernity” and for once it’s hard to argue with the copy.
At home: Poland has revived a classic with its home kit for Euro 2020 after trailing its football history to the nation’s last golden age. With the restored eagle crest at the heart of the design, the shirt takes on cues from the old Poland jerseys of the 1970s and 80s, an era when they finished third in two World Cups.
Path: The color of the away jersey is a direct flip of the house. This time, however, the jersey has a V-neck and a smaller version of the crest on the neck.
At home: Slovakia usually has white as their home color, but this time they have featured this blue speckled design as their main shirt. The jersey’s striking pattern is inspired by the mountainous regions of Slovakia, while a stripe with traditional folk symbols sits under each arm.
Path: Slovakia’s white away shirt is much calmer, although the same mystical symbolism reigns supreme on the armpit stripes. Slovakia is one of two teams in the tournament who wear shirts with the national coat of arms and the coat of arms of the national football association on their chests.
Group winners: Spain
Runner up: Slovakia
Best third place: Sweden
At home: The Magyars The shirt has a bold red design with a green border and a spray paint-style graphic that Adidas says is supposed to artistically represent the Danube, the mighty river that flows through the heart of Hungary and much of Central Europe. To top it off, a “Magyarorszag“(the Hungarian word for Hungary) is also placed on the neck.
Path: As if to counteract the progressive design flourishes of the home kit, Hungary’s away kit has something pleasantly old-fashioned about it. White with large simple green blocks on the flanks and red trim, this shirt would be home in the 1990s.
At home: It seems like a long time ago, but Portugal are going into this tournament as defending champions after beating hosts France in the 2016 Euro final. The Seleccao returned to their classic red shirt and green shorts combo for the first time since 2004, with the jersey given gold accents to reflect their continental domination. The group stage draw wasn’t cheap for Portugal, but Cristiano Ronaldo and his cohorts will at least look good.
Path: In stark contrast, the away kit is so bright it almost exudes its own luminosity, with a pale blue-green kit inspired by the team’s 2016 away kit. Additionally, the chunky colored stripes that run horizontally around the jersey are borrowed directly from Portugal’s 2018 training tops, making it a real mix of influences that should divide opinions.
At home: The France home shirt is steeped in fashionable Gallic flair. Based on the beloved “marinate“(the striped sweater originally worn by members of the French Navy) the shirt features delicate blue stripes laid over a darker blue base. It also has a red stripe across the chest, similar to Les Bleus worn when they beat Brazil in the 1998 World Cup final. Kylian Mbappe & Co. hope to channel the 1998-2000 spirit by bringing European glory to their World Cup triumph.
Path: The away shirt is reduced almost to the bone, with a plain white shirt complemented only with a badge, the Nike checkmark and two thin pinstripes on the flank – one red, one blue. Similar to the home jersey, the away jersey also bears the motto of the French Republic (“Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite“) in the collar, which, according to Nike, is written in a special font inspired by the typography found in the tomes of the Institute of Book History in Lyon.
At home: The team’The long streak of painfully exquisite national team jerseys continues, giving them at least one constant during this period of transition and battles on the field of play. The new Germany kit features a hand-painted pinstripe design that runs horizontally across the body, with the national colors black, red and gold moved to the sleeves. They rarely, if ever, get it wrong.
Path: In that regard, Germany’s new away kit is a phenomenal work, with a black-out design accented by gold and red cuff trims to create the image of the national flag. The stripe has an air of luxury to it, with black and carbon tones used to create a very sophisticated and muted palette. However, it has to be said that the whole effect is rather undermined by the ice-white names and numbers that adorn it in official games.
Group winners: Germany
Runner up: France
Best third place: Portugal
ROUND OF 16
1. Wales vs. Denmark
Wales march into the last eight thanks to this beautiful home shirt and the greater variety in their designs.
2. Italy vs. Austria
In this pure puma fight Italy‘s ornate jerseys have more than enough pedigree to push Austria aside without even breaking a sweat.
3. Netherlands vs. Sweden
Netherlands‘They get through a strong pairing as Sweden’s fancy away kit cannot compensate for their cookie cutter home kit.
4. Belgium vs. Portugal
A headline clash where two of the tournament’s bigger hitters compete against each other while fewer lights can sneak through elsewhere. Portugal is sent home from Belgium, as their home shirt is chic but simple and the fluorescent away shirt will split.
5. Croatia vs. Slovakia
Slovakia’s unorthodox choice of the home shirt will get them some fans, but a meeting with the shirt heavyweights Croatia ends her spirited run.
6. Germany vs. Finland
With hardly a glove put on Germany Waltz past brave Finland debutants and into the last eight.
7. England vs. France
FranceThe effortlessly cool jersey combination signals an early end for England, whose own pair of white and blue jerseys pales in comparison.
8. Spain vs. North Macedonia
Spain in the duel against the unloved North Macedonia every fiber strained, but the naivety of the debutants was shown by their unanimous selection.
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1. Germany vs. Croatia
What looked like a fascinating match-up on paper quickly turns into a procession because both GermanyCroatia’s jerseys are taller than Croatia’s to bring their tournament to a checkered finish.
2. Belgium vs. Italy
Belgium’s fashion ensemble achieved the same thing in the quarterfinals, but their kits have not grown Italy‘s timeless designs.
3. Netherlands vs. Wales
Wales threaten to disrupt the chances but ultimately Netherlands prevail, while their classic polo jersey makes the difference.
4. Spain vs. France
Spain was lucky enough to make it this far, and La Roja will be sent in full by France and their far more appealing outfits.
1. Italy vs. Germany
Two prestigious titans of the jersey world meet in the opening semifinals. This one goes the full distance, but as so often, Germany emerge victorious on penalties.
2. France vs. Netherlands
The flying Dutch are brought back to earth as France prove too much for you when it comes to “Le Croque“(The crunch) in another heavyweight fight.
PLAYOFF THIRD / FOURTH PLACE
Italy vs. Netherlands
Another advantage of our Euro 2020 jersey ranking over the real tournament is that we can decide who gets the bronze medal. The Netherlands were good value for their semi-finals, however Italy justify their place on the podium for their Renaissance-inspired outfits.
Germany vs. France
Where once there were 24 there are now only two left as we reach the grand finale and pit the two early favorites against each other.
It’s a tie as the Gaulish-French stripes sewed the home department while Germany’s superblack Jersey is the superior away kit.
But in the end it’s the home shirt of France, possibly the best of the entire tournament, taking them to glory above their brilliant opponents!
15. North Macedonia
23. Czech Republic