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Ramble of the Day
A controversial edition of the Copa América gets underway Sunday, but I will save the news for the links and the kits for the ramble. Like the Euro kits, there weren’t any horrendous kits; there are, though, a number of kits with some visual interest. I think the smaller sample size helps, and I think most of the traditional home kits in South America are well designed and hard to mess up.
Like I did yesterday, I’ll start with my top three, building up to my favorite.
3. Paraguay’s home kit
Paraguay is a great example of having a home kit that’s hard to mess up (if you’re not trying to mess it up, that is). They got all the simple details right, and there’s not a thing to complain about here.
2. Brazil’s home kit
Like Paraguay, Brazil’s also got a classic template to work with. Here, they played around with just the collar and sleeve detail and dropped the blue for a more minimalist look that works. I love the pattern on the collar and sleeve, though it is only visible from up close.
1. Ecuador’s home kit
Ecuador hasn’t worn this kit for whatever reason, a crime in my book because this is a great look. Hoops make for a great kit, and I love that this shade of yellow is balanced out by a dark navy. The collar’s a classy additional detail, and I cannot wait for them to actually wear this.
Now, for the losers.
3. Bolivia’s home kit
I love a deep green, but this is as uninspiring and dull as it gets for a deep green. A little darker, and I might actually like this.
2. Uruguay’s away kit (right)
¡Uruguay nomá! Nuevas camisetas de @aufoficial x @pumafootball, disponible ahora pic.twitter.com/6ACDdgcwp4— Luis Suarez (@LuisSuarez9) June 2, 2021
I hated it yesterday, and I hate it today. I think it’s just a coincidence that they haven’t worn it yet, but they should never wear it.
1. Venezuela’s away kit
Another kit that has not made its competitive debut, and I’d personally like to see it stay that way. This is a weird design — that v is awfully wide and that base color is pretty drab.
tl;dr: Quick takes on the Copa América’s best and worst kits.
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Links of the Day
UEFA ordered Ukraine to remove a phrase on the inside collar of its Euro kit, citing military connotations.
Additionally: Ukraine’s FA said it is in talks with UEFA to reverse the decision.
PSG signed Georginio Wijnaldum on a free.
Ajax’s André Onana had his doping ban reduced to nine months.
A longer read: Ewan Murray interviews Scotland manager Steve Clarke on growing up a passionate football fan and enjoying the rivalry with England for the Guardian