Month: March 2014

Adidas Earth Pack

The new adidas boot collection is the “Earth Pack,” inspired by the rainforests of Brazil, where the World Cup will take place this summer. The city of Manaus is located in the middle of the Brazilian jungle and will play host to some of the games for this summer’s World Cup. The Solar Slime/ Earth Green/ Running White/ Solar Zest colorways will be available in all four silos: adizero f50, nitrocharge, 11pro, and the predator Lethal Zones. The adidas Earth Pack will be worn onfield starting April 1st.

England Home & Away Kits Revealed

England football home kitBoth the home & away kits for England were revealed by Nike today, and they both boast very classic designs like most of the new World Cup kits revealed by Nike this year. The Nike Football Creative Director Martin Lotti commented on the inspiration for the white home kits:

“Two references really stood out during the design process for the home kit – that stunning all-white kit England wore in Mexico in 1970 and the idea of the armour of English Knights. You can see subtle references to the armour in the pinstripe, which carries a hint of shine, and in the white satin tape on the shoulders. We wanted to add some small detail that echoed the glow of the armour worn by St. George.”

The away jersey also utilizes a special design in red pinstripe that is “subtly infused with a graphic interpretation of St. George’s cross on the front. The St. George’s cross, representing the English patron saint, is an optical illusion and cannot be seen up close, coming into focus only from a distance.”

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Nike Reveals Away Kits: Portugal & The Netherlands

Nike Portugal Away Jersey

Nike recently revealed the Portugal Away kit and jersey for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The white jersey is a classic look with some blue trim and a high collar. This year the Portugal Football Federation is celebrating it’s centenary, which is commemorated below the jersey’s badge. Other interesting design details include: “Inside the back of the neck is a white pennant tab featuring the Order of Christ, an evocative Portuguese cross that pays homage to the nation’s rich seafaring history. The cross radiated from the sails of the ships helmed by great Portuguese explorers during the 15th century.” The shorts are also blue and the socks close out the look in white.

Another recent launch was the Netherlands Away kit & jersey. The jersey is quite striking, with a unique pattern moving down the front of the fabric. Nike had a lot to say about the pattern which is “an isometric grid pattern of interlocking chevrons that start at the top as bright blue and gradually become darker, ending as imperial purple at the hem. The pattern has a glow and depth, representing the prominence of water in Dutch life and the country’s landscape. The blue in the pattern signifies the Dutch royal family and the color of the cross that appears in their official flag.” Also in an ode to the Dutch style of play, the pattern “reflects the essence of Dutch football and the dynamic style of National Team Coach Louis van Gaal’s team, wherein each player subverts themselves to the team and intricate passing and movement conforms to a system.”

Holland The Netherlands Away Jersey and kitThe new away shorts and socks also continue with the imperial purple color at the bottom of the hem of the jersey. So far, along with the Brazilian kits, these Dutch ones are right up there. The colorways and designs are really eye-catching.

 

Big Upcoming Games: El Clásico & London Derby

El Clásico is upon us. Two of the world’s best teams, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid will battle it out this Sunday, March 23rd in perhaps the biggest “derby” in football. Of course, in dramatic fashion, there is a lot riding on this match. If Real Madrid win, they will place themselves 7 points ahead of Barcelona and will most likely be in a great position to win La Liga. Atletico Madrid currently hold the second place position. Cristiano Ronaldo, who will debut his new Mercurial Vapors this Sunday, is La Liga’s leading scorer with 25 goals. Lionel Messi is third with 18 goals, although he recently became Barcelona’s all-time leading scorer with 371 goals.

Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal and Oscar of Chelsea

Another huge match will be taking place in a London Derby between Arsenal and the Premier League leader’s Chelsea. If the gunners lose, they will be out of the title race as they currently sit third in the rankings behind Liverpool.

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The Champions League quarter-final draw was also just released and it looks like there will be some tough match-ups. Manchester United are coming from a 3-0 win over Olympiacos, but will have to face last year’s title holder’s, Bayern Munich. This is a tough draw for Man U, as Bayern are the current favorites to win the title again. Real Madrid will be looking for revenge against Borussia Dortmund from their defeat last year, and Barcelona is in an all-spanish matchup with Atletico, who also sit ahead of them in La Liga. We’re definitely looking forward to these matches!

 

Nike Air Max 1 Mercurial Pack

Image courtesy of High Snobiety

Image courtesy of High Snobiety

Well these colorways look familiar. The Nike Air Max 1 uses the most recent colorways and design details as the Mercurial Vapor boot. “Each pair features a dimpled synthetic upper with premium suede and mesh details. Instead of studs, a translucent outsole completes each pair.” We love these colors on soccer cleats but would you wear these vibrant designs in your day-to-day?