We decided to put together a list of our highlights and lowlights of the World Cup. Not all of these selections involve athleticism, rather the aesthetics or nuggets of hilarity and surprise that made the 2010 World Cup one to never forget (vuvuzelas aside, of course).
England’s home kit is so clean, it’s an instant classic. There’s no denying a tailored, polo shirt that can be worn to any occasion without looking tacky.
Most Hilarious Kit:
Slovenia’s “Charlie Brown” getups made them difficult to take seriously the entire time. Not to mention their “euro-discotech bros” goal celebrations which are yet to be explained.
Ugliest Keeper Kit:
These Brown keeper uniforms by Puma are the biggest eyesores I’ve seen in a long time. Some people enjoy how they look, but I think they stink.
I’ve got to hand it to type designer, Paul Barnes, for Puma’s letterforms used on the backs of both the Italy and Uruguay team kits. For more information about the creation of this typeset, click here.
While the Italy and Uruguay kits were adorned with amazing letterforms, Puma’s kits for African countries had some of the most insipid renderings of faux-hand-drawn type. What’s the deal with this 1950′s American sign-painter letters? They are a total bite on Underware’s Bello Small Caps. For more information about the creation of this typeset, click here (same article as above).
No question. Nike’s Write The Future. This campaign successfully crossed so many social boundaries and united footy fans everywhere. Unfortunately, none of the bros featured in the short film were able to write much of a future for themselves or their countries.
Worst Team Implosion:
France. France. France.
Best “In Yer Face”:
Although, one of my favorite moments in this year’s World Cup was Landon Donovan’s point-blank goal against Slovenia, I couldn’t deny how much pain Germany’s Per Mertesacker was in after getting owned by the Adidas Jabulani.
Algeria’s Boy Band steeze didn’t earn them any respect.
Argentina’s Giant-Maradona-head-adorning fans take the cake. Wow! I wouldn’t have wanted to sit behind those dudes.
Best USA Sign:
Where’s the quarterback?
This guy will haunt my dreams forever.
Larissa Riquelme from Paraguay made all of our jaws drop.
Best Fake Fans:
Apparently North Korea’s fans were actually hired Chinese actors. What???
Person Most Resembling a Disney Character:
Diego Forlan should be followed around by optimistic, animated fauna.
Team USA’s dogpile made us all long for the upcoming NFL season.