This summer’s European Championships offered up some rather delicious designs, with those of debutants Finland right up there with the very pick of the selection.
The off-centre placement of a cross gradually moving through shades of blue to mimic the national flag, brought to mind the shirts of Italian outfit Parma and it’s a shame we’ve seen the last of them at Euro 2020.
They may have worn a perfectly sensible away strip, featuring a top some commentators cruelly compared to a “golf shirt” for their only Euro 2020 victory against Denmark; but we hope it’s the Finns’ home outfit that football fans recall from this summer’s exploits.
Yes Finland lost both their games in these white, crew-neck shirts but they hardly let themselves or their supporters down in defeats to Russia and the tournament’s highest ranking side, Belgium.
Following the largely-dull kits on display at Euro 2016, Nike have been at the forefront of a more expressive phase of football fashion and their work for Finland has presented a memorable image of the team to the world.
Nike’s design is a strong, individual look for a nation making a giant leap into international tournament football and we hope the cross becomes a feature of Finland’s future kits.