World Cup gear watch: France 0-1 Germany, Brazil 2-1 Colombia, Argentina 1-0 Belgium, Netherlands (4-3 on penalties) 0-0 Costa Rica

Robert Cianflone

The Kits


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The tournament's best kits have exited the competition to the number three team (in a sartorial sense, at least) on our list. France are out of the World Cup after losing 1-0 to Germany in the first quarter-final match. An early headed goal from a set piece by Mats Hummels was enough for the only all-European match of the round as none of France's nine shots on target hit the back of the net.


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Colombia finally wore their away kits in the World Cup after four matches in their yellow home kits, which obviously would not fly with the host nation's colors. Brazil were once again not allowed to wear their traditional blue shorts, instead being forced to show up in white to contrast Colombia. The away team, also known as Team Fun, left the tournament after an impressive showing with James Rodriguez adding a sixth goal to his count.


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We're finally able to say goodbye to Belgium's not-so-cool sublimated home kits as the only team wearing Burrda in Brazil this summer lost 1-0 to Argentina. The rumor over the last few months has been that Belgium would make a switch to adidas after the tournament ended so perhaps this is the last time that we see the Red Devils in the Swiss manufacturer's gear.


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With France's exit from the competition, the Netherlands now have the best-looking uniforms in the World Cup. They'll now be in it for the maximum amount of matches after seeing out a hard-fought match against Costa Rica, ultimately winning it in penalties. Costa Rica's spirit will definitely be missed as the competition goes on but their kits most certainly will not be.

The Boots


The boots that Germany's Toni Kroos is wearing have certainly gone under the radar in the competition. The Bayern Munich midfielder has been wearing a pair of adidas 11Pro boots in the white/blue colorway but with an interesting caveat. Robin van Persie's custom outsole has been making news but Kroos's has not, at least not until now. That is because the German's 11Pro boots feature an outsole that first made its debut in 2010 (ahead of the World Cup in South Africa) with the adiPure III boot.



Goals form Thiago Silva and David Luiz did the job for Brazil as Colombia's James Rodriguez pulled one back from the penalty spot late on. The two players both scored from set pieces with Luiz's the much more spectacular effort from long range. Both Brazilians scored wearing Nike's Magista Obra boot.


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Gonzalo Higuain scored the lone goal in a relatively uneventful match between Argentina and Belgium. The Napoli forward's spectacular effort in Nike's Hypervenom boot was enough to do send la Albiceleste through to the semifinals.


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The strong attacking force of the Netherlands didn't do much in the way of hitting the back of the net but they did come very close time and time again. Robin van Persie wore his custom Earth Pack adidas F50 adizero boots while Arjen Robben opted for the Solar Slime variation with a stock soleplate.

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