Farewell Finland

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.

Finland, Euro 2020, Nike
Nike gave Finland a vivid new identity for 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.

Finland, Euro 2020, Nike
Finland’s away shirt for Euro 2020

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.

What do you think of Finland’s Euro 2020 kit from Nike?

Please let us know in the comments section below!

Finland, Euro 2020, Nike
Norwich City striker Teemu Pukki in Finland’s shirt by Nike

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