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Dec 4, 2013

Croatia Kit: Through the years

Design: With Croatia's red and white chequered pattern shirt among the most unique in international football, design changes are limited. However, with white shorts and blue socks, complete with chequer trim, it is both one of the most attractive and instantly recognisable kits in football.

Short History: Given that Croatia have only been eligible for World Cup competition since 1998, having formerly competed as part of Yugoslavia, it is understandable that they should only have attended the tournament on three occasions to date. On their first outing in France, the famous cheque pattern was reduced to a mere stylised role on the right side of what was an otherwise white shirt. It was, though, back in force in both 2002 and 2006 as the shirt's principle design, although the former incorporated white sleeves and blue trim into the design. They have always played in white shorts and blue socks, with red and white effects only added to the sock from 2002 onwards.

The greatest kit: While the 1998 tournament saw Croatia finish third, it is the purity of design of the 2006 strip that sees it become the country's greatest World Cup kit. Most people, if asked to describe a Croatia shirt, would loosely offer up the 2006 effort, with the chequer design allowed to stand out on its own merits without unnecessary trim.

Kits through the years:

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