It’s 2016 and it is time for the four yearly event of the European Championships, between June 10th and July 10th the whole Europe will turn it’s attention to France as they host this years’ tournament. Spain won 2012’s tournament and whilst they look in good shape to do well this time around it is Germany, France and Belgium’s new generation that will be looking to take the crown. This tournament is one of the most open tournaments for some time and quite frankly there are 5 or 6 teams that could potentially go forward and win, there are some teams in there that have been missing from International tournaments for some time such as Wales, Iceland and Northern Ireland and they could well prove to be a surprise package this year.
Each tournament that comes around sees the introduction of a new kit for each of the teams taking part, the evolution of kits has changed somewhat over the years and these days the kits are designed with both functionality and practicality in mind and the sports companies that create them have a competition between themselves to create the finest kits. Here is a breakdown of some of our favourites for this year’s finals.
The Italians can always be relied upon for a stylish contribution and this year is no different, the Azurri have a classic blue shirt with gentle white pinstripes running down it. The sleeves are tapered and have a thicker white line running from collar to sleeve to finish of this stylishly designed kit.
Nike have outdone themselves with this mind bending design for Croatia’s 2016 offering. The classic red and white chequered design that has become synonymous with the Croatian strip has been given a re-up by Nike and the design has been twisted to resemble something from an abstract art book. The kit may not be to everyone’s liking but we think that it looks fantastic and wouldn’t be surprised if it was one of this year’s top selling shirts.
Belgium’s golden generation have a lot of pressure on their shoulders this year having been tipped to do well at the 2014 World Cup and coming up short, this year they must perform. In order to so Adidas have given them the best possible headstart with an angry looking kit that screams power. The shirt is simple enough with a thick horizontal black stripe on the top and a thicker red stripe below, the shirt has three yellow Adidas stripes down the sides and goes perfectly with the black shorts. If the Belgian’s want to mean business then they have the perfect kit to do so.