Much in the same way that kits leave fans bickering for hours on end, national team badges can also cause quite a stir.
In Russia this summer, there will be 32 teams competing – some mainstays of football’s biggest tournament while others get a taste for the first time.
Sportsmail assesses the good – and the bad – from the 32 different badges on display.
A badge that has seen little change over the years. A staple when it comes to the World Cup but it hardly shows the invention and creativity of star man Lionel Messi.
The oversized F between the two letter A’s seems somewhat unnecessary.
Rather than using the logo of the Australian Football Federation on the kits, traditionally the Socceroos show off the Coat of Arms on their chest.
The shield in the centre represents Australia’s six states while the country’s two national animals – the kangaroo and the emu – stand either side.
Historical and includes and emu making it tough to beat in this list.
Argentina’s design can do little to compete with Australia who include an emu on their crest
In a bid to appease the French and Flemish among supporters, the national FA has been written in both languages inside the emblem.
The gold crown sitting on top could be fitting should the country’s ‘Golden Generation’ make themselves legends back home by going on to win the tournament.
Across the world football fans think of just one team when they see the bright yellow and green: Brazil.
A better take on Portugal’s cross and shield design, Brazil’s crest includes stars for their five World Cup wins flowing smoothly along the top.
With Neymar and Co fancied to go deep in the tournament, it’s a badge we will have to get used to in Russia.
Two classic designs, Brazil and Belgium will be successful on and off the pitch this summer
One of the most exotic places on earth, Colombia has somehow managed to throw up one of the blandest designs from the 32.
Granted, it includes the nation’s red, yellow and blue colour scheme but for their sake, thankfully they have more creativity and imagination on the pitch, than they do off it.
On the cusp of being a potential optical illusion on first glance, the circular red and blue lines creates the impression of a never ending tunnel.
Not so clear why a golden silhouette of a footballer has been placed on top but it’s the focal point, nonetheless. Two disappointing efforts from the South American duo.
Colombia’s unexotic design is a disappointment while Costa Rica’s is an eyesore for fans
Rival countries often joke that Croatia’s long-standing design resembles a picnic blanket but it has not forced the Croatians into a change of design.
The country’s name is ‘Hrvatska,’ not ‘Croatia’ and so that explains the gold HNS lettering vertically down the centre of the crest.
Simple rather than spectacular.
This red and white design is likely to mirror the performances on the pitch from Age Hareide’s side this summer.
Nothing in your face but nothing that will light up the tournament. Firmly stuck in middle ground here.
Croatia’s picnic blanket design is instantly recognisable while Denmark have kept it simple
While many in the country may have been fine using a portrait of Mohamed Salah, the national crest in Russia is not the face of the Liverpool star.
There is a feeling that, in the same way to Costa Rica, the background is creating a vortex that is sucking in the football sitting on top.
Lots of lines and a bit busy for the picky among us.
The three lions have been the national emblem since Richard the Lionheart’s 12 century reign.
History is on England’s side and that is something Gareth Southgate’s side want to make in Russia by ending the 52 year wait to win the World Cup.
A clean design that can easily be replicated on the shirts, steals a march on rivals trying too hard.
Little can compete with the Three English Lions on the chest of Gareth Southgate’s side
The Les Blues crest is seamless on the shirt and all round an attractive option among a number of cluttered alternatives.
The rooster has its head held high and with just one star sitting above its head, it will be hoping Kylian Mbappe and Co can fire the country to glory with this sleek design on their chest.
The four-time champions boast an eagle showing off its wings inside their traditional crest.
The bright national colours are vital in adding a gloss to what is otherwise a dark and dim logo.
If they make it five World Cups this summer, they are going to have to have a re-think about the composition of the stars. A nice problem to have, no doubt.
The simplicity of the French rooster will earn a number of plaudits among fans this summer
It must be hard when the three letters on the badge have young people thinking more about a FIFA YouTuber than the Icelandic national team – but that is a cross they have to bear.
Seems they have missed a trick by failing to include a Norse God or a stern looking viking.
This design is just too busy to be fully appreciated.
The national flag sits above a telstar football which has ‘Iran’ squeezed inside one of the panals.
Much like the team at this tournament, this crest is unlikely to make too much of an impression in Russia.
Iceland’s issue is that their lettering has closer links to a British YouTuber than a football team
The Samurai Blue’s crest boasts a three-legged crow taken from ancient mythology.
His name is Yatagarasu, and he appears ready to take flight inside the red, white, black and gold shield.
This one gets the plaudits largely for including the iconic adidas ‘Telstar’ ball that was used at Mexico 1970.
It was a tournament that saw plenty of goals and Pele got his career swansong in the Mexican sunshine. The ball represents more than many may think. Good crest. Great ball.
Japan continue to stick with Yatagarasu the eagle while Mexico take it back to the 1970s
Having just been edged out of winning the bid for the 2026 World Cup, things do not get much better for Morocco in the crest stakes.
Nicknamed the Atlas Lions – not that you would know from this design – there must have been so many alternative options when it came to designing this badge.
Alas, Morocco head to Russia with this forgettable red, white, green and gold number.
Much has been made of their striking jerseys for this summer’s tournament – queues down London’s Oxford Street showed incredible demand – but their crest fails to match the hype.
The Super Eagles have a green bird centre inside a red circular crest with the football association’s name bending round the outer ring.
Much was made of Nigeria’s dazzling kits but their crest (right) is a real disappointment
Ahead of qualification, this was a badge only a handful of England fans would have recongised straight away.
But Panama’s draw into England’s group in Russia has peaked interest.
The Canal Men use a telstar football inside their uniquely shaped shield which features a slimmed down version of the national flag. The leafy trimmings seems somewhat incongruous.
Minimalism is all the rage for some sections of society but this feels more a lack of effort than a deliberate attempt to keep it subtle.
The red and white shield is surrounded by a golden trim and while it has a retro feel to it and the kits look very clean, it cannot have taken more than five minutes to sketch up, surely?
Panama get points for originality but Peru have taken ‘simple’ too literal in this basic design
A white crowned eagle with a golden beak sits atop a striking red background in this Poland crest.
Robert Lewandowski and Co will hope to channel the eagle’s spirit as they look to upset Colombia and top their group.
There is a classic feel to this crest rather than a sense of intimidation felt through their rivals’ efforts.
Animals have been spurned in favour of a design that blends a shield inside a cross.
The gold trim is a nice touch and fitting for the Euro 2016 champions.
Eagles seem to be a firm favourite for national teams and Poland have crowned their one
This double-headed eagle is on the look out for Russia’s key opponents and this summer there will be plenty on and off the field as they host the whole tournament.
Like many nations a splash of red provides good contrast to the gleaming gold and while on the pitch they might be the worst this summer, they are far from losers in the badge stakes.
The Falcons have moved away from the traditional shield and have gone for a much more abstract design.
A circular crest which seamlessly follows round the head of the while falcon, the nation’s green colour scheme provides a distinct foil to complete the design.
Full marks for originality but with Group A looking ominous for them, it might not be a design we see for long in Russia.
Russia and Saudi Arabia have been given little chance on the pitch but both excel in badges
Nicknamed the Lions of Teranga, it is therefore no surprise to see a lion at the centre of this colourful crest.
The African nation have incorporated their red, yellow and green colour scheme with the lion in place as a sign of strength.
If a quiz on World Cup badges lands your way in the near future, thank me later for this one.
The maroon and gold shield is tough to initially recognise but is a variation of the Serbian Coat of Arms.
Senegal stick to their roots and opt for a lion while Serbia have done a take on a Coat of Arms
In 2001 the Korean Football Association decided it was time to shake things up and the crest was the one chosen to go under the knife.
With many nations opting for intimidating animals on their badges, Korea made their move ahead of hosting the 2002 World Cup.
The emblem has a shield shape with a tiger putting his paws on the ball, surrounded by a gold band.
Little has changed over the years with Spain continuing to stick with the Coat of Arms that has adorned the chest of shirts from decades gone by.
But a subtle change was required after lifting the World Cup in South Africa in 2010 and a solitary gold star sits atop of the arms these days.
South Korea boast one of the smartest designs in the tournament after a 2002 rebrand
The Scandinavian side, in the absence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, are likely to fade into the background this tournament.
They won’t be the worst on show but are unlikely to be the best and the same applies in the crest stakes. A splash of red is as daring as this one gets.
A simplistic design lifted directly from the national flag, there is no room for animals or flowers on this design.
The classic red and white is recognised globally across the world which boosts its appeal to the masses.
Classic and recognisable is the aim for both Sweden and Switzerland as they stick to the flags
Perhaps the most intimidating badge that will be donned by players this summer.
Nicknamed The Eagles of Carthage, Tunisia’s angry looking eagle will be hoping to upset England in the opening group game on June 18.
Four stars on this crest represent two World Cup successes and two Olympic Games wins.
A simplistic design which includes the country’s white and blue colour scheme, not one that lives long in the memory.
Tunisia boast an angry eagle while Uruguay go for four stars – despite winning two World Cups
Author: Nancy Parker
Nancy Parker is a five time Emmy Award winning journalist and seven time Emmy nominee who has spent almost twenty five years covering news in South Louisiana. She has anchored every prime time newscast at WVUE FOX8 during her twenty year tenure in New Orleans.