5 best kits at the FIFA World Cup

The FIFA World Cup 2022 fast approaching and Luis Enrique’s Spanish side will be looking to revive the incredible era that unfolded between 2008 and 2012.

Spain has one of the most exciting squads in world football as the next generation of superstars looking to make a statement.

In front of world Cup in Qatar, here are the five shirts worn in Spain’s most successful World Cup campaigns…

What are Spain’s most successful World Cup kits?

2006 World Cup – Round of 16

HANNOVER, GERMANY – JUNE 27: Fernando Torres of Spain in action during the FIFA World Cup Germany 2006 Round of 16 match between Spain and France at Hannover Stadium on June 27, 2006 in Hannover, Germany . (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

The 2006 World Cup saw Luis Aragones pick a very exciting 23-man squad in what looked like a new era for Spanish football. The squad included Fernando Torres, David Villa, Sergio Ramos, Carlos Puyol, Xabi Alonso, Andres Iniesta, Raul and more.

Spain have been drawn into Group H alongside Ukraine, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia.

Los Toros dominated, winning three out of three games in convincing fashion, with Fernando Torres constantly keeping his name on the scoresheet.

However, Spain were eliminated after meeting eventual finalists France in the next knockout round.

This kit is nonetheless a well-known design with classic Adidas stripes in gold along the sleeves and stripes on the chest.

1986 World Cup – Quarter-finals

QUERETARO, MEXICO – JUNE 18: Emilio Butragueno of Spain celebrates after scoring his hat trick on his way to scoring four goals in the second round of the 1986 FIFA World Cup Final between Spain and Denmark on June 18, 1986 at La Corregidora stadium in Querétaro, Mexico. (Photo by Allsport/Getty Images/Hulton Archive)

Miguel Munoz’s Spanish side were impressive before the 1986 World Cup as they had one of the world’s top scorers in their arsenal – Emilio Butragueno.

In the group stages, Spain were due to play against Northern Ireland, Algeria and one of the tournament favorites in Brazil.

Spain lost the opening game to Brazil 1-0 but won the rest of their games to secure a spot in the knockout stage.

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Spain continued their momentum in the group stage, beating Denmark 5-1, Butragueno scoring four goals.

However, the quarter-finals saw their campaign come to a shocking end after a 6-5 penalty loss to Belgium.

Butragueno finished the tournament tied for second top scorer with five goals.

Nevertheless, the Spanish top of the tournament now looks decidedly retro. Shiny blue shorts juxtaposed with a more matte deep red jersey, with a v-neck and gold stripes along the arms.

1994 World Cup – Quarter-finals

JUL 2, 1994: BOTTOM CHRISTOPHE OHREL OF SWITZERLAND AND LUIS ENRIQUE OF SPAIN IN ACTION DURING 1994 WORLD CUP MATCH SWITZERLAND V SPAIN IN WASHINGTON DC Mandatory Credit: Simon Bruty/ALLSPORT

The 1994 World Cup saw the tournament hosted by the United States of America. Spain have been drawn into Group C alongside Germany, South Korea and Bolivia.

The round of 16 saw Spain unable to progress as they lost 3-1 to eventual finalists France. David Villa opened the scoring from the penalty spot but goals came from Frank Ribéry, Patrick Vieira and Zinedine Zidane.

In the round of 16, Spain took on Switzerland, beating them 3-0. As a result, Spain and Italy faced off in a highly anticipated quarter-final bout.

Spain’s run came to an abrupt end thanks to the two Baggios. Dino Baggio opened the scoring in the 25th minute before Jose Luis Caminero equalized.

However, it would be star Roberto Baggio who would crush the dreams of the Spanish fans, scoring an 87th-minute winner.

Spain’s kit for the tournament saw a new twist on a classic shirt which incorporated vertical patterns of red, gold and blue. The same pattern featured on the side of the shorts. It was a typical 1990s design that will no doubt catch the eye of footballing hipsters.

2002 World Cup – Quarter-finals

DAEJEON – JUNE 12: Spain celebrates Gaizka Mendieta’s goal during the match Spain v South Africa, Group B, World Cup Group Stage played at Daejeon World Cup Stadium, Daejeon, South Korea , June 12, 2002. Spain won 3-2. (Photo by Ben Radford/Getty Images)

At the 2002 World Cup, Jose Antonio Camacho will try to bring glory to Spain.

Spain have been drawn into Group B alongside Paraguay, South Africa and Slovenia. As the tournament progressed, Spain won three out of three games in convincing fashion to comfortably book their ticket to the knockout stages.

The Round of 16 saw Camacho’s Spain side collide with Mick McCarthy’s Republic of Ireland side.

A Fernando Morientes header opened the game, but Robbie Keane’s last-minute equalizer pushed the game into extra time and eventually a penalty shootout.

A total of five missed penalties saw Gaizka Mendieta score the winning kick, sending Spain narrowly into the quarter-finals.

However, penalties would come to haunt Spain in the quarter-finals as they lost to South Korea.

This Spanish kit featured a gold collar and cuffs, as well as a neat national flag on the shorts alongside red and gold stripes. It was simple yet elegant, but the heartbreak of Spain’s release that year probably didn’t make it a must-have for kit collectors.

2010 World Cup – Winners

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – JULY 11: Andres Iniesta of Spain celebrates after his goal seals the win during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Vicente de Bosque brought magic to Spain when ‘Los Toros’ lifted the FIFA World Cup for the first time in their history, following a successful campaign at Euro 2008, lifting back-to-back international trophies.

The campaign saw Spain drawn into Group H alongside Chile, Switzerland and Honduras.

Spain topped the group, winning two of their three games.

The Round of 16 saw Spain draw against Portugal with the main danger being Cristiano Ronaldo. A frustrating game for both sides finally found a breakthrough in the 63rd minute when Xavi’s pass was slotted into David Villa, who fired a right-footed shot past Eduardo into the Portugal goal.

Villa’s goal saw Spain advance to the quarter-finals, where they faced tournament underdogs Paraguay. Spain won 1-0 as Villa found their way back to the net.

Vicente del Bosque’s philosophy paid off, but they had a challenge ahead in the semi-final against Germany.

Spain continued their no-holds-barred form in the round of 16 and again won the game 1-0 thanks to a Carlos Puyol header.

The final was the same as the rest of the knockouts, as it took a 1-0 victory in extra time for Spain to claim their first World Cup trophy.

Spain’s shirt that year featured gold stripes down the sleeves and subtle navy detailing on the collar and cuffs, as well as an enlarged number on the right side of the chest.

The away kit, meanwhile, which was worn in the final, was made up of navy blue with red and gold trim.


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