Mexico's Best and Worst World Cup Jerseys

Karla Villegas Gama@karlitsvFeatured ColumnistJanuary 26, 2014

Mexico's Best and Worst World Cup Jerseys

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    Throughout World Cup history, Mexico have worn great kits designed by some of the top sports brands in the market.

    Although green has always been the reigning color, the national team has included other hues, like black, burgundy and white.

    In five months El Tri will debut in Brazil 2014. The Mexican Football Federation will keep the current home kit, while the blog Todo Sobre Camisetas posted a photo of the jersey that Mexico will allegedly wear in the away games. 

    In the meantime, let’s take a look to Mexico’s fashion picks since USA 1994.

Best: 1994 World Cup Home Kit

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    After missing the 1990 World Cup, due to a sanction imposed by FIFA, Mexico qualified for USA 1994 as the best team of CONCACAF.

    The home kit consisted of a green jersey with a flashy pattern, white shorts and red socks.

    Mexico reached the round of 16 after leading Group E with four points with a 1-1-1 record.

Worst: 1994 World Cup Away Kit

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    The away kit was a dreadful choice although Mexico wore it in an historical draw against Italy.

    The white and red pattern on the right arm was a lousy attempt to symbolize the feathers of Aztec warriors. The left side of the jersey had green and red stripes.

    Mexico lost to Bulgaria on penalty kicks in the round of 16.

Best: 1998 World Cup Home Kit

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    This is perhaps the best jersey that Mexico have worn in their World Cup history and it will be very tough to beat.

    If there is one thing that symbolizes the traditions and culture of the country it is the Aztec calendar, which appears on the whole jersey.

Best: 1998 World Cup Away Kit

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    The away kit from 1998 also had the Aztec calendar, although it was not as notorious since the jersey was white.

    This was a sober uniform, which makes perfect sense if you take a look at the home kit.

    This was the first time El Tri had not lost a single group game in a World Cup played outside their home turf. The team advanced to the round of 16, but Germany won 2-1.

Worst: 2002 World Cup Home Kit

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    For the first time in over a decade Mexico didn't use two uniforms in a World Cup. However, the traditional green jersey was not a great choice.

    The hue of this shirt was completely different to what the fans were used to because it wasn't as bright as the previous ones.

    This had a lot to do with the fact that Atletica took over the design of the uniform for the first time ever.

    Mexico had a fantastic performance in the group stage, as they defeated Croatia and Ecuador, and tied with Italy.

    However, they suffered one of the toughest blows in their history as they lost 2-0 to the United States in the round of 16.

Best: 2006 World Cup Home Kit

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    Mexico went back to their usual shade of green in Germany 2006, but they couldn’t make it to the fifth match, losing in the round of 16 again.

    El Tri’s performance was far from astounding but managed to advance to the knockout stage despite their 1-1-1 record.

    The footballers changed their mindset and fought with Argentina in the next round. However, a brilliant long-distance volley in extra time from Maxi Rodriguez gave La Albiceleste the ticket to the quarterfinals.

Worst: 2006 World Cup Away Kit

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    The team wore the fully white and green uniform against Portugal in the final game of the group stage.

    It was the first time in four years that Mexico used an away kit that didn't have details or trims in red; it was also the last.

Best: 2010 World Cup Away Kit

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    Mexico surprised with their black jersey in South Africa 2010. It was the first time in history that El Tri went with an away kit that was not white or burgundy.

    The uniform included the colors of the country's flag and according to Mexican site MedioTiempo.com it was Adidas' fourth best-selling jersey.

    The shirt was very similar to Germany's.

Best: 2010 World Cup Home Kit

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    The home kit had a unique pattern and its purpose was to resemble feathers. Unlike the 1994 away kit, Adidas got it right with this one.

    A silky finish and some white and red touches made this jersey a very nice and classy choice.

    In South Africa, Mexico tied with the host, defeated France and lost to Uruguay, but those results were enough to face Argentina in the knockout stage for the second time in a row.

    However, El Tri struggled from the beginning. La Albiceleste topped Mexico 3-1 with a brace from Carlos Tevez and one more goal from Gonzalo Higuain, while Javier Hernandez scored the only one for his side.

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