With 2010 being a year of the World Cup, soccer was put on a great stage with the audience being the people of Earth. I am here to put the kits that made headlines on stage.
Top 5 Worst Kits
This is Lyon's 3rd Kit. I shouldn't have to say much about it, but in the Lyon vs. Marseille match-up recently it stuck out like a sore thumb against Marseille's clean, white home kit.
The only word that I know how to describe Fulham's 3rd kit is "poop." Breaking from their classic white, red, black themed kits, I think this was a big mistake.
The MLS All-Star jersey is a stupid concept to begin with, but these colors don't work either. I can't imagine anyone buying this jersey. "I don't like any team, just the best players in the league..."
What did treble winning Inter Milan need to commemorate such a fantastic 09-10 season? A giant snake on their side.
This Italy WC Jersey looked about as good as the team's early exit. Chiellini in the picture appears as an Italian playboy with the Italian flag featured on the shorts as though it were a belt buckle with the flag. The Azzurri's shirt looked like a deranged face and seconds in giving all of the players the impression of abs. Even if it was designed for ventilation, it didn't help them in their memorable loss to Slovakia.
Honorable Mentions: Slovenia's Home Kit, Pachuca (as always; get rid of all the sponsors, guys), Ankaragucu Home Kit.
Top 5 Best Kits
This jersey may have slipped under the radar because most of the attention being paid to Spain had overstayed its welcome, but this clean away kit, released in December, features their WC Star and is a great alternative to the away jerseys they have had in the past. The home version, for me, has too much blue on it.
Not much to be said about England's home kit for WC2010. I love that Umbro took away all of the goofy lines and patterns that could be found on the previous home and away kits and also pleased to see that it became the template for the Umbro sponsored club teams (Man City, Santos, Colo-Colo, and New York Cosmos). The simplicity is this jersey's greatest asset.
Though it may have not been seen by many, this FC Porto Away Kit is probably Nike's best of the year. Nike introduced the zig-zags that made everyone sick in the Werder Bremen, Slovenia, Inter, and Juventus jerseys, but this one looks sharp as the black, pinstripe, zig-zags work well with the electric yellow.
A combination of Blackburn's two tone chest, Arsenal's colors and white sleeves, and St. Etienne's palette, produces probably the best MLS jersey released in a long time. The home jersey is not bad either, but this ultra-personalized jersey has features that will leave other MLS teams scratching their heads as to why adidas did not put as much thought into theirs.
Though this jersey had its critics, with some equating it to a pageant girl with a sash, I thought this jersey was just a that much better than the jersey's Nike was making for the U.S. prior. I couldn't decide whether I liked the home or the away, so I went with the blue one, although I own the white.
Honorable Mentions: Shakhtar Donetsk Away, Liverpool Third, Barcelona Home.