2006 Shirt Cup: And Then There Were Eight

Crazy things can happen when you're down to eight teams

Part 2 of the 2006 Shirt Cup Round of 16 was lightly contested (that is, ahem, we didn’t get many votes), yet managed to entertain. Paraguay continued to roll, Argentina pulled out a tough match against Angola, Croatia gave the Italians a piece of their mind, and Ukraine defeated Les Bleus in injury time.

On to the quarterfinals:

England v Cote D’Ivoire

Definitely a worthy clash of styles in our first quarterfinal, as the classic white of England faces the as-yet-unchallenged oversized orange elephants from the Cote D’Ivoire. Is this the end of the line for the Africans? Or do they still have some life in them?

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USA v Togo

This matchup is made all the more interesting by the fact that most Americans would struggle to identify Togo as an independent nation, much less find it on a map — and yet, this shirt has been on a date with destiny since its dominant performance in the group phase. Will the clock strike midnight on Cinderella? Or will the Americans be the latest to fall?


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Paraguay v Argentina

There’s more than South American bragging rights at stake here (though not much more). The final adidas entry squares off with one of three remaining Puma shirts, in a battle of vertical stripes — and we certainly can’t argue with that. No one’s managed to give Paraguay a match yet; they should have their hands full with the Argies.


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Croatia v Ukraine

The fourth quarterfinal certainly doesn’t lack for color and style — Croatia’s red checks roll on, while the blue and gold of Ukraine were lucky to get past France. The Croatians will be heavily favored, but this Ukraine shirt knows how to win a close game.


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