In case you haven’t heard about the unrest it has created amongst its own people; the FIFA 2014 World Cup in Brazil is here. It will be dominating conversations in and outside of work so don’t fight it. Instead, here are three short facts about the World Cup that you should know:
- The 2014 FIFA World Cup is being held in Brazil.
- Spain are the defending champions but Brazil are seen as the favourites to take out the Golden Ball on July 13.
- Paul the Octopus, who had an 85% accuracy rate of predicting winners at each stage of the 2010 World Cup, died later that same year. Here are the new animals vying to take his throne.
Ok so I don’t know much about soccer and had to google the above. What I do know is how professionals at their physical peaks should be dressed. I don’t mean their game-playing attire aside where elastic and brightly-coloured performance fabric abound, I mean the national team uniforms with respect to attending events and impressing corporate sponsors- the suits, if you will. I’ve punched the numbers and just over half of the 32 teams wore suits for the flight to Brazil – not counting the Brazilian team. So here is my list of the top five best-dressed teams at World Cup, 2014. If you would like to play along and compile your own list, check out my Sport Team Uniforms board on Pinterest!
The Top Five Best Dressed Football Teams at the 2014 FIFA World Cup
5th best dressed: The Netherlands
Not a suit, per se but a clever marriage of sports and business in this Business Casual ensemble worn by the Dutch team. If any group of persons could change the fuddy-duddiness of the cosy cardigan, it would be elite athletes with their well-honed physicality punctuated with tattoos. Props to this Group B team that was the only team in its group to not resort to a tracksuit for the flight to Brazil. Nonetheless this is a realistic commute look that is also undeniably stylish. Of all team outfits, this colour palette is my favourite where great tones of blue have been contrasted with a tasteful flash of orange down the shirt placket. Win.
4th best dressed: Honduras
In Group E with the likes of France – Honduras has already beat that team in the style stakes with their H-embellished blazers- a much smarter suit than the tracksuits donned by the French National Football team on the commute to Brazil. Special mention to Ecuador, who are also in Group E, for the sporting of smart navy suits but I had to discount a point for the shiny silvery ties which are more flashy than chic.
3rd best dressed: Japan
The Japanese team made their arrival adorned with the boldest of prints – from their Pokemon-covered plane to the co-ordinated check-on-check business suits accessorised with diamond-print tie. Come to think of it, that check print is not too dis-similar to the one seen on this man I photographed in Tokyo recently.
I haven’t for the life of me been able to find images of what Côte d’Ivoire wore on their flights to Brazil, however if it was a tracksuit, Japan will be the only team in Group C to have worn a suit for the commute. Update: Côte d’Ivoire arrived on June 6 and wore a track suit which makes Japan the only suited team in its group.
2nd best dressed: Germany
I have a soft spot for the Germans. Just look at them, assembled here looking smokin’ in Hugo Boss, with their suit bags all ready to go. Which makes me wonder, if they are wearing a suit and carrying a suit bag, how many suits are they each bringing to the month-long World Cup?
And in 1st place for best-dressed at the 2014 FIFA World Cup: Italy
There are a number of teams at the 2014 FIFA World Cup who are essentially wearing a black suit with some sort of insignia on the left-breast of their blazers. Teams from Russia, Spain, Korea Republic and Algeria are just some of the other such teams however the tailoring of the suits worn by the Azzuri stand apart.
But don’t just take my word- GQ have called it and with a uniform designed by the “fashion gods of sex”, Dolce & Gabbana, it’s difficult to disagree.
On a side-note I recently heard someone comment that “no-one actually travels with designer luggage, anymore.” Well after my research I can tell you that some moneyed soccer players do. The same goes with three-piece-suits. Very rarely does the look work for mere mortals and should only be kept to the likes of football players who also have the physique to pull off the look. If any gent is able to convince me that a three-piece suit is a good idea outside the world cup, I’ll let you know about it!
Is there a relationship between being best-dressed and performance? Only time will tell! Who do you think will win the 2014 FIFA World Cup?