Originally Posted by Buffalo Soldier
These are awful. This is in no way how a national champion jersey has to look like. The concept is not that hard: take your national flag, and try to integrate the sponsors somehow. But these days it's more like: take your team jersey with sponsors, and try to fit in some of you national colors.
What an odd comment.
1) Three of the five national champions jerseys do in fact integrate the national flag. They use a part of the Japanese, South Korean and Canadian flags, which is perfectly reasonable.
2) Of the other two, the shamrock has always been preferred to the national flag on the Irish champion's jersey. It's traditional. The Chinese flag doesn't really lend itself to a jersey, given that it's an expanse of red with some small detailing in one corner.
3) More generally, while certain tricolours can be relatively easily turned into a jersey, as essentially a flag with sleeves, loads of national flags simply don't work in that format. What's more, in countries without a tradition of slightly modified flags as sports jerseys, turning one into clothes and sticking some sponsor's corporate logo may be seen as less than respectful, so a nod towards that flag or towards a national emblem may be a better option.
These are exactly the opposite of the recent trend towards mangling national jerseys to preserve corporate colours. They are an attempt to give a strong visual identity to national champions while also keeping a design connection to the team. I think they work well. Certainly, that's one of the best Irish jerseys I've seen for many years.