As Europe’s best teams continue to run around Poland and Ukraine, we here at Sportable have decided to break down the tournament’s most stylish “kits.” High profile tournaments such as the World Cup and EURO have served as a runway for Nike, adidas, and Puma to pump out new looks. With supporters clinging to their wallets and ready to pull the trigger, it’s time to run down the best-dressed national teams.
10. Italy Home – Puma
Forget about Valentino, Prada, and Gucci. This summer, it’s all about Puma and their best jersey at EURO 2012. The Azzurri (as well as the Netherlands and Japan) are famously known for having a home jersey without a single color from their own flag in the traditional design. Why blue you ask? The Italians adopted the blue to honor the Royal Italian crown whose badge of arms and flag displayed the color. This jersey is a step up from South Africa 2010, as it features a 3D design on the front and a unique number font.
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Last, but certainly not least, we have the motley crew of Group D. With a pleasant mix of controversy (England and France, looking at you) plus a dash of mystery, Group D promises to have some fireworks in the group stage. France has been on a roll lately and will be the favorite to win the group, but don’t expect the English or the Swedes to just roll over and settle for second. I’m not giving Ukraine a chance and there’s no two ways to cut that. [click to continue…]
Group C contains an interesting mixture of traditional powerhouses (Italy, Spain) and up-and-coming teams (Croatia, Ireland). While it would be unexpected to see anyone but Italy and Spain advance, both Croatia and Ireland can play these teams tight and spring an upset. [click to continue…]
Ah, the Group of Death. There’s one in every major international soccer tournament, and Euro 2012 is no exception. All four teams in the group (#2 Germany, #4 Netherlands, #5 Portugal and #10 Denmark) are ranked in the top ten of the Fifa World Rankings. Without further ado, here’s a little more about each country to get you acquainted for Group B action, which kicks off Saturday. [click to continue…]
Here at Sportable we’ll be previewing the upcoming European Championships in our own unique way. We’ll give you reasons to root for/against a team by using reasons mostly unrelated to soccer. We’ll get things started with the group of Eastern European countries that nobody cares about or as it’s more commonly known, Group A. [click to continue…]