I promised we will stay in the Balkans and I decided to slightly alter my random sequence in order to jump from neighboring country to neighboring country (the team that should have been this time will be featured in two posts from now – ah the geographic lure). And Greece has already been featured on this blog with their wonderful 2014 World Cup kits and let’s see how Nike proceeded with their kits.
Together with the Netherlands Greece was THE disappointment of the EURO 2016 qualifying campaign and I have covered their downfall after two very successful tournaments in 2012 and 2014. However, the rails really came off and for World Cup qualifying a re-boot was sorely needed. And things took an upturn in qualifying with only Belgium landing in front of them in their group. Unfortunately, Croatia proved too much to handle in the playoffs and so a second tournament in a row was missed out. So, the performances were better, but as you already expected the kits probably weren’t (you know, Nike and 2016 and all …)
Looking at these, I really feel that I don’t need to do much of a review as I already have done it – this week when looking at the Finland jerseys. Replace the crests and the inscription on the back (which at least uses the Greek alphabet) and you move from Finland to Greece – down to the colors used. It is just Nike at its template-worst! There really is no need to say more and use the same ratings as for the Finland home jersey. And call me a hypocrite, but the blue jersey suits Finland just a tad better than Greece, where I really think some more white was needed. So, same score for both of them.
My rating: 5/10 stars.
Well, the outcry from most fans of Nike teams was huge and so it was no surprise that more varied kits (as we have seen quite a bit on this blog) were released. However, in Greece’s case there was another surprise in store. Let’s look at the home kit first:
Yes, the home kit is blue again!!! Ever since winning EURO 2004, Greece did what many teams do: adopt the winning look as the home kit (BTW not the case in ANY way for Austria). And to be fair, I think given the rather even usage of blue and white on the Greek flag, either look is justified, but unless longstanding tradition (England, Germany) is behind it, teams should go for a color jersey at home. And for that reason, I am very pleased with Greece going back to blue!
But there is more: while you could have expected a rather plain blue look, this time around we are treated with a really nice pattern on the front – inspired by the Greek flag. I say inspired since the cross on the flag is its own entity and does not extend to the full width of the flag. Also, as we all know, the Greek flag is blue and white. Here the pattern is in a light (and very pleasant) blue. Personally, I would have liked to see an even lighter shade if not white, but I still like it a lot.
Clearly, the main advantage of having the pattern in blue is that all other applications can be in white (except of course for the crest) and have them stand out nicely. Speaking of the crest, it actually breaks a bit with the cohesion of the crest as the blue there doesn’t really match the blue of the shirt. But that is a very minor concern here.
I also love the flag inspired blue and white stripes on the taping on the back. Really nice shirt! Definitely a highlight of this year’s Nations League.
My rating: 9/10 stars.
On the other hand the white away jersey was a lot more simple (and in a way more traditional):
Well, look up the Finland home jersey and you almost get this one! The difference? This one is more plain as it does not have any additional features except for the blue faux-style collar. The crest is popping nicely, but basically the biggest design feature is the taping on the back. Not very exciting.
But then, if this is worn with blue pants it makes for a really nice look and it also is not a bad jersey overall. Just a tad bit too plain. I guess the weirdest feature are the numbers which are a tad darker than the other blue accents, but who would have noticed that? And I am very sorry to say, but these jerseys matched the Greece’s Nations League performances much better than the superb home jerseys.
My rating: 6/10 stars.
How would you rate these shirts?