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It is not unusual to see brands releasing a new colourway across all their silos and having seen Nike and Adidas unveil their range ahead of Euro 2012, Puma have now completed their EC12 line-up with the release of the White/Red/Limoges King Finale SL.
The King SL is a relatively new boot with this being the third colourway of the King Finale’s lighter cousin. The SL weighs just 218g and features a thin premium K-Leather upper which shapes perfectly to the foot for a glove-like fit and superb ball feel.
Worn by the likes of Thierry Henry and Mikel Arteta, the Puma King Finale SL features the patented AptoLast, which allows the shoe to conform to the natural shape of the foot for great support and a snug fit. A TPU injected outsole complete with conical stud configuration, providing optimum stability and traction on dry and firm ground surfaces. An EVA insole provides cushioning and superb underfoot comfort. A synthetic suede ankle lining grants maximum in boot comfort and durability
The King Finale SL doesn’t feature the famed fold-over tongue to save weight while the heel counter has also been stripped of excessive materials.
Puma have had a strong end to the season releasing some truly competitive boots and adding some star names to their roster. Now with the likes of Fabregas and Gomez set to take the stage at Euro 2012, Puma also have a great looking bunch of boots.
There is no shortage of lightweight boots available on the market at the moment and now Adidas have added another one. Having just seen Puma release an SL version of their ‘power’ boot the PowerCat1.12, Adidas have released an SL version of their Predator LZ.
The Predator LZ is already astonishingly light but now you can get an even lighter LZ with the release of the 205 gram Predator LZ SL – and you have two eye-catching colourways to choose from! The first LZ SL colourway is this Infrared/Black/Core Energy colourway.
The new LZ hasn’t even been released for retail yet but they are already one of the most sought after and highly rated boots around. This is thanks mainly to the five innovative Lethal Zones which enable accurate passing, responsive receiving, finesse first touch, precision striking and controlled dribbling.
So where have Adidas saved weight then? First of all the main difference between the LZ and SL version is the upper. The LZ features a newly engineered Hybridtouch upper which gives the wearer the benefit of both a synthetic and leather upper. The SL on the other hand features an Adidas SprintSkin similar to the AdiZero.
The five lethal zones have also changed a little with the dribble, sweet spot and pass zones all suffering from weight loss. The drive and first touch zones however have remained largely untouched.
The Predator LZ SL is made for players who want a bit extra from the LZ and will undoubtedly look to turn heads. This being the case we are sure this Electricity/Black/Lab Lime colourway will prove to be a bit hit.
With so many light weight options (and with the LZ weighing such a little anyway) it is no surprise that Adidas will not give these boots any on field support. Despite this, we are sure that these boots will be spotted on professional pitches sooner rather than later.
This weekend saw the 4th instalment of Soccer Aid. Robbie Williams and Jonathan Wilkes’ brainchild is a charity football match between teams made up of celebrities and World Cup legends, to raise money for the UNICEF foundation. As usual it was England vs. The Rest of the World with some big names featuring this year. The game was played at Old Trafford in front of 67,000 fans and saw some familiar faces return to the Theatre of Dreams as ex-United star such as Edwin van der Sar, Roy Keane, Jaap Stam and Teddy Sheringham made appearances. Here is a look at some of the boots that featured.
The standout performer for the Rest of the World , despite a host of star players such as Fredrik Ljungberg and Clarence Seedorf alongside him, was Kasabian guitarist Sergio Pizzorno. Pizzorno showed his Italian flair wearing a pair of Pearl Pantofola d’Oro Lazzarini boots. He also scored the goal of the game with a deft chip over David Seaman.
The Rest of the World relied on some star Hollywood power. Gerard Butler wore one of our favourite boots – Adidas’ White/Blue/Black AdiPower Predator colourway. The ‘300’ star spent most of the evening on the right wing locked in a tough battle with comedian Paddy McGuinness.
We were really hoping to see funny man Will Ferrell hit the back of the net so that we could see his celebration – which he said would get him immediately deported. Ferrell’s evening came to end when he limped off with a leg injury but still found the time to sign a few autographs on the his way down the tunnel. Ferrell wore the St George collection Umbro Speciali III.
With Umbro being the kit supplier to the two teams most of the celebrities wore St George collection boots. Rest of the World captain and ‘The Damned United’ star Michael Sheen opted for the GT II Pro along with JLS member Aston Merrygold.
Woody Harrelson was the unlikely hero for the Rest of the World in 2010 when he slotted home his penalty to give the ROW their first Soccer Aid victory during the penalty shoot-out. Harrelson won it for his side in Umbro Stealth Pro boots but couldn’t help his side this team wearing GT II Pro boots.
Robbie Williams almost missed playing due to a back injury but the England skipper played through the pain and came off the bench to inspire his team to victory. Williams looked good at left back whipping in a few dangerous crosses wearing Speciali III boots.
It was a return to Old Trafford for Edwin van der Sar. The Dutch legend only retired at the end of the 2011 season so it was no surprise that he looked sharp and kept a clean sheet. Van der sar wore Adidas AdiPower boots and gloves while playing for Manchester United and returned in the Black/Warning colourway.
Teddy Sheringham was another ex-United player on the pitch. Sheringham showed good fitness leading England’s attack. Sheringham, wear Nike Tiempo Legend III boots did clatter into Gordan Ramsey which resulted in the celebrity chef being taken off in a stretcher.
A few players didn’t make it through the whole game with one of the first to fall being pop star Olly Murs. Murs had the better of Gordan Ramsey, beating him for pace a few times, before pulling up with a hamstring injury. Olly went for a rather unflashy pair of Adidas Copa Mundial boots.
England ran out 3-1 winners on the night despite going down 0-1 early on. It isn’t the European Championship trophy but it is a piece of silverware. Perhaps Roy Hodgson needs to add a bit of pop power to his England squad if he wants to be successful in Poland and Ukraine.
Having just released their ‘fastest boot’ Puma have now added to their catalogue of summer football boots their lightest PowerCat with the launch of the PUMA PowerCat 1.12 SL. Set to be worn by the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Phil Jones, Nigel De Jong, Marco Reus and Gianluigi Buffon at the European Championships.
Along with the new White/Red/Limoges PowerCat 1.12 colourway update, Puma have released an SL verison to make the PowerCat even more desirable.
Puma have only made a few subtle changes to the PowerCat 1.12 to make the boot lighter however. The SL still features a lot of original technology such as the 3D DUO Power Shooting Technology. A redesigned perforated tongue and a softer, lighter leather help bring the weight down while the original TPU injected stud configuration is replaced by a Pebax injected stud confirguration to reduce weight.
In a world that seems to demand light weight boots, the new Powercat 1.12 should be a real contender. Puma have stuck with what has made the boot such a success while trimming off a few grams. The new White/Red/Limoges PowerCat 1.12 SL is certainly another great edition to Puma’s Euro 2012 collection.
The Puma PowerCat 1.12 have been a huge success since their launch and have been rated as one of the best boots on the market by many. Now the PowerCat has received their latest colourway update – one which will run throughout PUMA’s silos for the European Championships – White/Red/Limoges.
This colourway was first seen earlier this week with the launch of the unique multisport evoSPEED collection and has now found its onto the Powercat 1.12.
The PowerCat 1.12’s standout feature is the innovative 3D DUO Power Shooting Technology situated towards the front of the soft K-Leather upper . Thermoplastic material with two different degrees of hardness has both high responsive and extremely high rebound properties.
A lightweight microfiber material in the lateral quarter supports the midfoot while the PUMA PowerLast follows the foot’s natural contours, providing a glove like fit allowing the upper to mould to players fit. Coupled with the stable yet flexible outsole, the PowerCat 1.12 gives the best possible comfort. Optimal support, stability and protection are provided by the asymmetrical external TPU-injected heel counter.
Paul Gascoigne, one of the finest footballing talents this country has ever produced, was in London today on the eve of England’s first Euro 2012 warm-up match to show his support to the team’s tournament hopes.
Gazza, capped 57 times, last appeared in an England shirt against Belgium in 1998 and now he wears the Three Lions once more as England gears up for Europe’s biggest football tournament. One of his most memorable performances for England was scoring a spectacular volley in a 2-0 win against Scotland at Wembley in Euro 96.
Today Gazza, who celebrates his 45th birthday on Sunday [27th May], unveiled a giant 13m x 10m image of himself which plays up to the famous ‘tongue out’ pose from his playing days.
The image of Gazza is the first in a series of ‘Faces of England’ from official England kit suppliers Umbro which celebrates icons of England. Over the coming months, other famous figures that represent English culture will appear on the billboard on Old Street, London.
Gazza is pictured proudly wearing the current England Home shirt, tailored by Umbro, which will be worn by the England squad in Poland and the Ukraine.
The England home shirt is inspired by the red and white of the St George’s flag and the striping detail under the collar is a nod to the Umbro jacket worn by England manager Sir Alf Ramsey during England’s 1966 World Cup winning campaign.
Gazza said: “It brings a lump to my throat when I think about how proud I am to have played for my country. There’s nothing better than representing England – the buzz of the crowd and feeling the support of the whole country. Wearing the shirt again has brought back many happy memories and seeing myself on display in the capital, being celebrated as an icon of England is truly an honour.”
Gazza also joked: “I bumped into Colin Hendry recently and it [the game against Scotland] felt like only yesterday that I left him on the turf at Wembley. We delivered in style that day and I wish the current squad all the best this summer and hope they wear the shirt with pride.”
Trevor Cairns, Global Chief Marketing Officer for Umbro, said: “‘Faces of England’ will celebrate icons of English culture and in Gazza we’ve chosen one of the most entertaining and passionate players this country has ever seen.
“The pride which Paul displays when talking about playing for England proves he was the perfect choice. He has quite literally given blood, sweat and tears in the Three Lions shirt and if you’re an England fan, you can ask for nothing more.”
Images of Gazza in the England home shirt will also appear on fly postering sites across England.
Visit www.umbro.com/facesofengland to watch Gazza’s thoughts on playing for England as well as the Euros.
Umbro’s 30 second TV ad featuring Gazza will debut at 7.35pm on Saturday 26th May before Norway vs England.
Adidas have unveiled their latest AdiZero MiCoach colourway which will be worn exclusively by Leo Messi in Spain. Messi hasn’t been given his very own boot like we have seen with David Beckham, however the Barcelona star frequently gets exclusive wearing right of a particular colourway and that is the case with these White/Lime/Onix boots. This colourway will have very little (if any at all) game time during the Euros will no players set to officially wear the colourway. However we can expect to see a few players in them later on.
The adiZero F50 boot includes a built in cavity within the outsole which houses the revolutionary miCoach Sensor (Data Capture Chip). The miCoach Sensor captures 360 degrees movement and measures key performance metrics including speed, average speed (recorded every second), maximum speed (recorded every five seconds), number of sprints, distance covered, distance at high intensity levels as well as steps and stride rates. The on-board memory stores up to seven hours of all measurements during your game or training and then wirelessly transmits the on pitch performance data to your tablet, PC or MAC.
The adiZero F50 miCoach features technologies such as Adidas’ Sprintweb which provides stability during high speed movements. The lightweight Sprintskin upper is a revolutionary single layer synthetic which provides incredible ball-feeling and reduced weight. Adidas groundbreaking Sprintframe uses geometrics and new stud construction to offer the perfect balance between lightweight and stability.
Adidas were set to put Messi in the new White/Lime/Onix colourway had Barcelona made the UEFA Champions League Final. That wasn’t to be however so we will have to wait a little longer to see them in action. They will however be available to pre-order ahead of hitting stores on the 1st of June.
Barcelona’s new home and away kits fuse together club tradition with a modern and creative expression to give the team an exciting new look for the 2012 – 13 season. Combining performance innovation with low environmental impact each kit (shirt and shorts) is made using up to thirteen recycled plastic water bottles.
Barcelona’s new home kit sees the famous blue and red stripes fused together to give the shirt a bold new look.
For years the club has taken the best of its homegrown talent (the cantera) and fused those young stars with the world’s finest players, giving the team a mixture of youthfulness, tradition and creativity – all qualities that inspire the new kit.
The red crew neck collar gives the shirt a classic but modern feel, whilst the graphic on the outer neck is the Catalan Senyera flag. The inner neck reads, ‘MÉs Que Un Club’ (More than a club). The blue on the shirt is a darker blue than seasons gone by. And the font used on the Kit is inspired by Catalan architecture.
The blue shorts have a red stripe on the side and ‘Barca’ on the back waistband. The blue socks have Barça in yellow in the same font as the shirt. The socks also offer a new and innovative design featuring an updated cotton footbed offering additional support and comfort.
The new away kit is an explosion of bright colour to celebrate the club’s effervescent style of play.
The new shirt fuses orange into yellow on the body paying homage to the city’s mixture of culture, art, style and architecture. The shirt has a classic orange crew neck ribbed collar with the famous Blaugrana detail on the back of the neck and orange sleeves.
The outer back detail on the shirt is Catalan’s Senyera flag, whilst the inner neck graphic reads, ‘Més que un club’ (More than a club). The font used on the kit is inspired by Catalan architecture.
The yellow shorts have the Blaugrana detail along the side seam and ‘Barca’ on the back of the waistband. The yellow socks also have the Blaugrana detail on the top and the ‘Barca’ detail on the back.
Whilst the kits combine modern sport and youth style to give the club an iconic new look, Nike’s innovation provides our most technologically advanced kits to aid athlete comfort and performance.
The kits are made from Nike’s ground-breaking recycled polyester, making them Nike’s most environmentally friendly kit ever produced. An innovative manufacturing process reduces energy consumption by up to 30% compared to manufacturing traditional polyester. Since 2010 Nike has used an estimated 115 million recycled plastic bottles to create its high performance kits.
The kits are made out of 23% lighter fabric with 20% stronger knit structure than Nike’s previous kits and feature Nike Dri-FIT technology to wick moisture away from athletes to help keep them cool and dry on-pitch.
Kits have bonded re-enforced t-bar junctions that support critical seams on the shirt and shorts and inner welded seams with a flat finish construction to improve comfort and performance. Temperature regulation is helped by ventilation zones, consisting of a series of tiny laser cut holes from the under arms to the waistband, allowing air to circulate to keep players comfortable.
Nike Pro Combat base-layers are used by athletes to compliment playing kits to further improve comfort and increased protection in contact situations. Fans and players can also enjoy Nike’s Barcelona Sportswear collection off the pitch, inspired by the club’s heritage.
PUMA have introduce the evoSPEED, the groundbreaking performance collection that for the first time in the Sportlifestyle brand’s history, features product offerings for all PUMA sport categories. Inspired by the Usain Bolt – the World’s Fastest Man, the collection answers every athlete’s need for speed by taking performance technology and innovations and incorporating them in footwear and apparel developed for running, football, motorsport, golf, cricket and indoor sports. evoSPEED will be available from 1 June 2012.
Designed under the criteria of “light, flex, and fit”, all evoSPEED footwear features lightweight materials, increased flexibility and an optimized fit that enables a greater freedom of movement without compromising support, to enhance speed. For the first time in PUMA’s history, the classic Formstripe has been changed and a new lightening version, a signature graphic that emphasizes speed and harkens back to Usain Bolt, will be featured on the complete evoSPEED footwear collection.
The evoSPEED 1 will be worn by a host of PUMA’s key football athletes such as Sergio Aguero and Mario Gomez – who will wear them in the European Championships.
Obviously at TRW we are most interested in the new White/Limoges/Red football boots that form for part of the collection –the evoSPEED 1 FG – which will be worn by PUMA’s top football players including Sergio Aguero, Radamel Falcao and Mario Gomez. The next generation in PUMA’s Speed silo, the evoSPEED 1 FG is one of the lightest boots in the market and is designed to help players achieve top speed.
The upper features a soft and ultrathin microfiber material whilst stability is provided by the internal EverFit cage. The anatomically engineered lightweight one-piece outsole provides stability and support, utilising high-tech materials to minimize weight and to maximize its flexibility and reactivity. The evoSPEED 1 FG features an external heel counter which secures an excellent heel fit and the new PUMA evoAptoLast which provides an industry leading fit.
Along with Aguero and football the evoSPEED styles will be worn by PUMA’s key athletes in running (e.g. Usain Bolt), motorsport (e.g. Fernando Alonso), golf (e.g. Rickie Fowler), cricket (e.g. Yuvraj Singh) and indoor sports (e.g. Luc Abalo) this summer and beyond.