Euro 2012 Kits: winners and losers

Well the feast of football is yet to commence but there are already some clear winners and losers in terms of the kits that players will be adorning in Ukraine and Poland next month.

So what better way to prepare for the tournament than a knock-out competition of the best (and worst kits) of the tournament, as rounded up the clever chaps at Who Ate All the Pies.

Group A

Winner: Czech Republic
Runner Up: Greece
Poland
Russia

Group B

Winner: Germany
Runner Up: Holland
Portugal
Denmark

Group C

Winner: Croatia
Runner Up: Spain
Italy
Ireland

Group D (Group of Death)

Winner: France
Runner Up: Sweden
England
Ukraine

Quarter Finals

Czech Republic vs Holland
Croatia vs Sweden (Sweden edge it on Away kit)
Germany vs Greece
France vs Spain

Semi Finals

Czech Republic vs Sweden
Germany vs France

Final

France vs Sweden

Winner: France

So France edge it with their nice, modern twist on a classic. These tops exude French style and whilst neither are quite as lovely as last year’s away shirt they are both befitting winners.

Runner-up: Sweden

I love the retro styling of both Swedish home and away shirts, the latter particularly with a shameless nod back to the seventies.

Notable mention: Germany

Germany deserve third-place simply for the styling of their Away shirt, echoing the kit of the West German side single-handedly deprived of the 1986 World Cup by Diego Maradonna. Classic.

Notable mention: England

Am a big fan of the retro, two-tone styling of the England shirt. They were always going to struggle in a tough group featuring finalists France and Sweden but a special mention for trying something different.

Wooden Spoon: Ireland

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my only real disagreement would be the Czech Republic. I would give the group win to Greece and have them get to the semi-final with Sweden