The Premier League is elegant and grand, Italy/Spain/France/Germany are notorious and powerful but the “Rest of the World” is where the hidden gems are. Not gems in reference to teams to win the Champions League but gems in regards to FIFA kits. The most important subject of all. The hunt for the best uniform in FIFA usually lies with some obscure team you’ve never heard of in a country I bet you couldn’t locate on a map. The major clubs may have the sleekest and most professional looking jerseys but the smaller clubs take risks and stand out.
Before I get into talking about some of the best jerseys in FIFA, let’s talk about the greatest player in FIFA, maybe FIFA history, the goalkeeper for Al Ahli of the Saudi Arabian league. I believe his name is Yasser Al Mosailem, a 71 silver GK. This guy looks like he’s straight out of the 1980’s with silver shiny break dancing pants and all. I’m fairly certain he’s been on Miami Vice I just need to check IMDB. There’s nothing about this guy that doesn’t scream one hit wonders, big hair, cocaine and neon colors. Forget Messi, Ronaldo, Reus, Hazard or Pogba, this is the true cover athlete.
Once I saw this uniform I immediately knew what jersey my FIFA Ultimate Team had to wear. The Ajax (Netherlands) away kit was a no brainer (feature above in the header image). The colors (black, grey, neon blue) are awesome and the ‘X-X-X’ on the front is perfection. The contrast of the dark shirt and colored shorts makes everything pop on the television. But it’s all about those three X’s lined up vertically in a paint brush design.
Camouflage is a popular design yet again this season with multiple teams going with the fatigues look. I think the design still works and still has some life to it but it doesn’t have the same appeal as when teams like Napoli first introduced it. The club Sangju Sangmu of Korea pulls it off the best featuring it both in their home and away kits but also on their goalkeeper jersey.
Pumas of the Mexican league are on the Mount Rushmore of great uniforms. Each year they keep the same base format but somehow manage to top their design from the year before. This season while keeping the same colors and the iconic Puma head on the front they’ve added a detailed mural like design encompassing the logo. The mural is from the library of the National Autonomous University of Mexico where the team plays their home games. The home and away kit feature different portions of the mural. Truly spectacular and if you’re thinking about buying these uniforms in FIFA you better sock away some coin.
Other quick call outs:
• Japanese league kits are awesome, I think Vissel Kobe is the best in class but don’t sleep on the Urawa Reds home jersey
• Wisla Krakow’s jersey looks like a snowy mountain range with a star in the sky. I thought this was pretty unique and haven’t seen that done before. Colorado Rapids should rip off this design
• Sporting CP’s alternate kit is black with neon volt writing and a lion’s head super imposed on the bottom right portion of the jersey. Are their lions in Portugal? Didn’t think so…
• Similarly the Jaguares of Colombia have a growling Jaguar head on both of their shirts
• Norwich City’s alternate uniform looks like a bad nurse’s scrub you’d see an overweight woman wearing behind the desk at a dentist’s office
• Seattle Sounders continue to impress with their navy alternate uniforms. The one bright spot in Major League Soccer