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Umbro Nations collection sees clubs travel around the world

With just days to go until the World Cup, Umbro have released a series of new shirts for each of their clubs in Brazil. Some of the club - country links are more questionable than others, but there are undoubtedly some beauties in the collection.

The new Umbro Nations collection

The shirt world is entering an exciting phase. With a hunger for originality and a dislike for templates, fans and brands alike seem to be riding on the same wave, giving us plenty to chew on. The new Umbro Nations collection is a great example of this.

Read on for more on the designs and inspirations behind each shirt, as well as some quick ratings.

Chapecoense x Colombia – Umbro Nations Shirt

A must for any shirt fan. Umbro Brasil.

The cream of the crop is the new Chapecoense Umbro Nations shirt. Colombia will forever be associated with Chape after the tragic events of 2016, as the team they were due to play in the final of the Copa Sudamericana was Atletico Nacional, based in Medellin, Colombia.

In tribute to the outpouring of support from Colombia following the crash, Umbro have pulled out all the stops with a superbly-executed Colombian flag design across the chest. As if that wasn’t a beautiful idea already, the flag features an intricate subliminal pattern which looks stunning both up close and from distance.

To top it off, the shirt features a new colourway for the club crest, and clean all-blue sponsors on the front and sleeves of the shirt. This is football shirt creativity at it’s finest, and is another great effort from Umbro in what has been a strong resurgence over recent months. quick rating: 5/5

Santos x England – Umbro Nations Shirt

Was this meant to be an Iceland reference? Umbro Brasil.

Next up is an England-inspired shirt for Santos. There’s more than a little bit of England 2002 (also by Umbro) about the design, which was chosen in reference to Santos’ nickname the ‘Kingdom of Football’.

Some people have pointed out that the shirt looks more like a tie-in with Iceland. This particular look also highlights the marmite decision from Umbro to keep the bulk of the shirt’s design elements contained within the upper chest portion. The look would be improved if the vertical line carried down to the bottom of the shirt, but it’s still a clean effort. quick rating: 2/5

Avaí x France – Umbro Nations Shirt

Geometric patterns are a sure bet. Umbro Brasil.

Avaí are one of the smaller names in Umbro’s portfolio of Brazilian clubs, but their new Umbro Nations shirt punches above its weight. The main feature of the design is a triangular pattern set to the backdrop of the tricolore, and although there is no obvious link between club and country, the look is a good one.

Unlike the Chapecoense shirt, the various sponsors retain their original colour which distracts from the overall look. However it’s still a fair effort from Leão da Ilha. quick rating: 3/5

Atlético Paranaense x Spain – Umbro Nations Shirt

Can anyone else hear the Jaws theme tune? Umbro Brasil.

For the new Atlético Paranaense shirt, Umbro have looked to many people’s favourites for the World Cup, Spain. The shirt itself is bold in colour, with another triangular design giving the effect of a set of jaws swallowing the double diamond and club crest. With a bit more texture and intricacy this could’ve been a real contender. quick rating: 3/5

UPDATE 17/04/18:

Whilst we thought the shirt had potential, Atlético Paranaense fans clearly did not! The club has released a statement saying they never gave approval for the design, and will not sell it after backlash from the fans. Drama...

Cruzeiro x Iceland – Umbro Nations Shirt

Stars and stripes. Umbro Brasil.

Cruzeiro have enjoyed something of a renaissance on the pitch recently, and they have drawn inspiration from the surprise package of the last Euros and World Cup debutants later this year, Iceland. The design features a simple red vertical line across the chest of the shirt, not too dissimilar to PSG’s home shirt from 2006. It’s a safe look but one which matches well with the minimal constellation version of the Cruzeiro crest. quick rating: 2/5

Bahia x Russia – Umbro Nations Shirt

Couldn't we have a giant bear graphic instead? Umbro Brasil.

Sometimes a concept is a little too hidden, and this is the case with the new Bahia Umbro Nations shirt. The differences between the design and Bahia’s away shirt are minimal, except the plain white sleeves as opposed to the red and blue of the away.

A subtle pattern inspired by the Russian flag is present at the side of the shirt, but otherwise this is more of a 'what could have been' scenario. quick rating: 1/5

Grêmio x Uruguay – Umbro Nations Shirt

This is the kind of shirt that gets better the more you look at it. Umbro Brasil.

Grêmio and Uruguay have a strong connection thanks to influence of the Charrúa people, an indigenous group with a strong presence in both Uruguay and Rio Grande do Sul, Grêmio’s home state. This is not the first time Grêmio have had a shirt influenced by Uruguay, with Topper being amongst the other brands who have created a shirt inspired by La Celeste in the past.

The shirt is best viewed up close and personal, with a superb diamond pattern across the chest along with Umbro’s world-class cuff detailing. It all makes for a great shirt which is arguably the most elegant of the collection. quick rating: 4/5

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