Nike is once again ready with a new colourway, and It’s time for the Always Forward Pack, which is going to help you through the cold and hard winter season. The new Always Forward Pack contains new striking colour for the 4 main silos. Let’s see what Nike has in store for us with this awesome winter pack, which the pro players are going to use!
Nike Always Forward
The is only one way and it’s Always Forward. Your game has no boundaries, so strike your opponents with speed or choose to control the game with precision, the choice is yours. There is not time to hesitate on the pitch or to give up, it’s now you have to give all that you have, never stop, move the game, Always Forward.
The main theme colour for the Always Forward Pack is blue and black. The colour combination is something that suits the dark and cold winter months, when it’s getting biting cold and darker days. The PhantomVSN is made in a predominantly blue colour, with black branding and a silver control zone on the inside of the boot. This boot will surely make you fell calm on the pitch, while you control and pick off your opponents one by one, just as Coutinho and Kevin De Bruyne is going to do. You will be the main cause to moving the game forward, when being the Phantom of the game, with your PhantomVSN on your feet.
It’s also been a long time since we last time saw new colours for the Hypervenom and Tiempo, and the waiting is over. If you are looking for a subtle and comfortable boot, then the Tiempo Legend is also updated with a blue and black colourway. The Legend seems even more royal with this stylish royal blue coloruway and black branding on the side. Comfort and control are the keywords for the Tiempo, and you will see Sergio Ramos and Pique control the defense in their battle to keep the attackers from scoring.
The Hypervenom is made for the most lethal attackers in the game, and at the moment we see several unstoppable attackers dominating the game. But when looking at this new colourway one attacker pops up in my mind, and it’s the lethal Inter Attacker Mauro Icardi, who is scoring his name into people’s mind with his performance. Personally, I can’t wait to see the blue and black Hypervenom combined with the Inter 2018/19 Home Shirt and seeing Icardi finishing off the opponents with his lethal strike.
If blue isn’t your colour, then you’re in for a treat. The most eye catching colour of the Always Forward pack is without a doubt the Mercurial boots. The Mercurial silo is made in a striking volt colourway, so you can play with fury on the pitch, while creating chaos on the opponent’s half. No one is going to stop Hazard, Ronaldo and Mbappé move forward, while they are in the zone with their new Mercurial boots. There are no speed limits, just blaze past your opponents with your speed.
The winter season also means the start of the indoor and futsal season. You can now also get your favourite Nike Always Forward boot as in indoor boots, so you can dominate the indoor and futsal courts with the latest technologies and colourways. The boots come with the same technologies in the upper, while Nike has replaced the studs with indoor optimised soles, so you don’t slip on the courts, and lose important momentum, so you Always move Forward.
The Spectral Mode took colourways for football boots to the next level last week, and now adidas has given us a brand-new Predator Tango 18+ sneaker, which is made in the same eye-catching pink colourway, as the Predator 18+ boot.
Spectral Mode Predator Tango 18+ Boost
It’s getting darker and colder outside, and many of us might already run around and say, ‘Winter is coming’. But adidas is of course here to help us all from the darker days, which some brand-new sneakers, that surely is going to put some colour into the autumn streets.
The Spectral Mode Pack gave us a pink Predator 18+ boots. To complete the Spectral Mode look, adidas has also launched their popular Predator Tango 18+ Limited Edition. It’s precisely the same as the boots, just made with a more visible Boost sole, which is incorporated in the sneaker. The boost technology will surely take comfort into a new dimension, while it also makes you comfortable when walking down the streets in your totally new Predator sneakers.
Spectral Mode on and off the pitch
If you are a Predator maniac, and just can’t get enough of the Predator collection, then this launch is just your cup of tea. The Predator Tango 18+ will surely let you complete your Predator look, after you have been out on the pitch getting the win in your new Spectral Mode Predator 18+ boots.
The second adidas on-pitch boot collection of the 2018/19 season is imminent as the brand’s leading players begin to switch into their next colourways. Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller providing an early glimpse at the upcoming X 18 design.
The new pack is set to launch ahead of the Champions League group stage kick off next week, but you can probably expect a few players to make an early appearance in their weekend domestic fixtures after training in the soft pastel colourways since returning from international duty.
We’ve already seen Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil in the soft pink adidas Predator 18+ design and now his former German international teammate Muller joins him in the cleanest of all-white colourways. It’s an update that will no doubt be popular as it offers a fresh take on the latest lightweight speed option, following on from the “Energy Blue”, “Solar Yellow” and “Triple Black” editions.
The new pack will replace the “Team Mode” colourway which have been worn by all leading adidas athletes since the beginning of the 2018/19 season. Stay tuned for a first look at the full collection when it drops in the coming days.
Before the new season gets rudely interrupted by a late summer international break we’re taking a look back at the past seven days of action to pick out who was wearing what. From the customs, to the limited editions. It’s Monday, it’s Boot Spotting.
Crystal Palace midfielder Jason Puncheon was back in his limited edition adidas Predator Accelerator Electricity boots last week. Puncheon slipped into the boot that was re-released in July for his side’s League Cup tie against Swansea.
Fernando Torres (Sagan Tosu) Mizuno Morelia Neo II
Fernando Torres’ days as an adidas player look to be over as he slowly changed out of the Three Stripes in the past few weeks. The former Liverpool striker was wearing the Predator 18 but recently reverted back into the X 15.1 boots. Last weekend he moved away from adidas entirely by wearing a white/black edition of the Mizuno Morelia Neo, removing the logo for an unbranded look.
Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) Under Armour Spotlight Pro
The latest “Radio Red” colourway of the Under Armour Spotlight Pro boot has began the new season as the brand’s on-pitch option. Grant Xhaka was sporting the update as Arsenal beat Cardiff 3-2 in Wales. Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold is also wearing the colourway.
Paul Scholes (Royton Town) adidas X 16.1
Paul Scholes was lured out of retirement at the weekend when Royton Town turned up at Stockport Georgians a player short. The former United legend’s son plays for the Manchester Premier Division side and he stepped in to make up the numbers wearing the adidas X 16.1 boots. A Nike player throughout his professional days, chances are he just borrowed whatever was knocking around.
Oleksandr Zinchenko (Man City) Nike CTR360 Maestri III
Oleksandr Zinchenko took things back to 2012 in training this week by lacing up in the third generation Nike CTR360 Maestri football boots. The CTR is arguably the most popular Nike control boot of all time, but it was replaced by the Magista in 2014. Zinchenko’s “Fresh Mint” colourway was a smart match-up with the City training kit.
A drop from the Nike Mercurial Superfly 360 “Heritage Collection” was on show this week as Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang wore the 2006 inspired design in training. The yellow and green colourway was worn throughout Italy’s successful 2006 World Cup campaign in Germany.
Bastian Schweinsteiger (Chicago Fire) adidas X 15.1
Bastian Schweinsteiger said goodbye to Bayern Munich last week as the Chicago Fire midfielder played for both sides in his testimonial match. The German World Cup winner was wearing the “White/Semi Solar Slime” colourway of the adidas X 15.1. A boot that launched the X series in 2015.
Virat Kohli (India) PUMA Future 2.1
India cricket captain Virat Kohli takes his side’s pre-training football match seriously enough to bring his own boots. Kohli is a PUMA sponsored player and has managed to get the brand to throw a pair of Future 2.1 boots in with his cricket gear.
Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur) Nike Tiempo Legend 7
Hugo Lloris indicated that his current contract with Nike may have expired last week by wearing a blacked out edition of the Tiempo 7 in Tottenham’s 3-0 win at Old Trafford. The Spurs keeper is presumably in negotiations about renewing his contract and isn’t keen on playing for free so to speak.
Todd Cantwell (Norwich City ) PUMA Future 18.1
Norwich City’s Todd Cantwell was sporting the limited edition launch colourway of the PUMA Future 18.1 in the League Cup last week. The black and yellow design launched ahead of first on pitch colourway to build momentum for the first generation boot.
Time to see who made the cut this week as we pick out the best of the Boot Spotting action from the past seven days. Custom designs, to limited edition game, to the latest new season drops. All aboard…
Dani Ceballos (Real Madrid) Nike PhantomVSN
Nike supplied the latest “Rising Fire” colourway to a handful of their young stars this week. The majority of Swoosh players remained in the “Raised on Concrete” pack, but Dani Ceballos was sporting the dark red version of the Nike PhantomVSN boots.
Luis Suarez (Barcelona) PUMA Future 2.1
Luis Suarez became a PUMA player last week by officially signing for the brand after leaving adidas. The Uruguayan gave a winning start to life with the Big Cat as he wore the “Uprising Pack” Future 2.1 as Barcelona beat Alaves 3-0 at the Camp Nou.
Adama Traore (Wolves) Nike Mercurial Superfly V
Adama Traore made his Wolves debut on Saturday afternoon as his new club went down 2-0 at Leicester. The former Boro man has a huge collection of custom Mercurials and will no doubt use the Premier League stage to showcase them throughout the season.
Adama Traore (Goztepe) adidas Predator LZ
You wait all year for an Adama Traore, and then two come along at once. This one is of Turkish Super Lig fame with Goztepe, and he wore the adidas Predator LZ launch colourway from 2012 during his side’s defeat to Galatasaray on Sunday.
Kylian Mbappe (PSG) Nike Mercurial Superfly 360
Kylian Mbappe was Nike’s go-to man to front the new “Rising Fire” pack. The World Cup winner switched into the new Mercurial Superfly 360 colourway as he came off the bench to score twice in PSG’s 3-0 win over Guingamp.
Yassin Ayoub (Feyenoord) adidas X 18.1
Feyenoord recorded their first win of the new season with a 3-0 victory over Excelsior on Sunday. Amongst all of the latest bright colourways on pitch was Yassin Ayoub wearing the recent all black “Shadow Mode” edition of the adidas X 18.1.
Leeds United continued their impressive start to the season by beating Yorkshire rivals Rotherham 2-0 at Elland Road. Kemar Roofe got the second goal wearing the Nike Mercurial Vapor 360 Heritage Collection, released ahead of the 2018 World Cup and inspired by the design worn by R9 in 1998.
Jack Wilshere (West Ham United) adidas Predator 18.1
Jack Wilshere made a surprise boot switch at the weekend. The West Ham midfielder has worn Nike throughout his entire career, but ditched the Swoosh to lace up in the adidas Predator 18.1 on Saturday to indicate that he may well have, or is about to, sign officially with the Three Stripes.
Thomas Meunier (PSG) adidas COPA Gloro 17
With the likes of Neymar and Mbappe acting as their brand’s poster boys in the latest eccentric boots, PSG teammate Thomas Meunier has gone low key in the blackout edition of the adidas COPA Gloro 17. Safe.
Feng Boyuan (China) Nike Mercurial Superfly 360
Another colourway from the Nike Mercurial Superfly 360 “Heritage Collection” was on show this week as China’s Feng Boyuan wore the 2006 inspired design. The yellow and green drop was worn throughout Italy’s successful 2006 World Cup campaign in Germany.
Not wasting any time – Nike Football has released an all new boot silo, PhantomVSN.
In order to create something unique and different to the rest of the pack, Nike designer Phil Woodman began to think of how he could built a boot from the inside out.
Resulting in a new proprietary construction that will debut in football with the PhantomVSN, it will also soon roll out into other variations of Nike footwear.
Down to tech specs – The new PhantomVSN boasts an internal ‘Quadfit’ mesh bootie that conforms to the foot, providing a player with support in every direction. Remarkably, through this process, the boot is able to keep its shape and not overstretch.
“Players have long been acustomed to the rigors of breaking in their boots,” explains designer Phil Woodman, “but the PhantomVSN is match-ready right out of the box.”
Adding to the revolutionary features, Nike have included the new ‘Ghost Lace System.’ In order to make traditional lacing systems better, the new Ghost Lacing setup has minimal touch points and provides a one-pull construction implemented for equal tension all the way down the boot.
“We’ve done tremendous amounts of research, talking with players and analysing data in the lab,” says Woodman.
“The results are unanimously in favour of lacing to provide that customised fit every player desires.”
We’ll see players such as Philippe Couthino, Mallory Pugh, Kevin De Bruyne and Leon Goretzka lace up in Nike’s new PhantomVSN.
In addition to the tech specs listed above, the new boot silo features NikeReact cushioning, a Flyknit upper, a new traction pattern and so much more.
Either you love or hate artificial grass, but one thing is certain and that’s that it’s becoming a new standard in football. The increased amount of artificial grass pitches means that there’s a larger need for AG boots, but don’t worry!
We are seeing an increased amount of artificial grass pitches in the Scandinavian countries such as Sweden and Norway. You might not find that many teams that still plays on firm grass, due to the colder temperatures in the countries. Therefore, it is also important to get AG boots, so you can get the job done the best possible way.
We would always recommend you to get AG boots for artificial grass, due to the boots are designed specifically for this purpose. The AG boots are made with shorter, hollow studs for more even grip with less strain on the joints and knees.
Artificial grass is made from plastic and with rubber granulates. Furthermore, the pitches are also made with a harder surface than firm grass pitches. If you play with regular FG boots on artificial grass, then you would experience that you get hard shocks through your joints, which could lead to bad injuries. That’s why AG boots are equipped with the latest and most innovative technologies, making the trip to the artificial pitches more comfortable.
Nike AG boots
Nike is known for making some of the best AG boots for artificial grass, due to you get the best possible tool for the job. There are a lot of other brands who also make AG boots, but many of them make hybrid solepaltes which makes the boots FG/AG, so they could be used for both firm grass and artificial grass. This also means that you don’t get the pure AG boot and all it’s cool features. We would always recommend you to get AG boots for artificial grounds if you mainly play on AG pitches, and have few games on FG pitches.
If you are looking for some new AG boots, then why not take a look at the Nike Raised on Concrete Pack, which includes more than 20 different AG boots, all from Elite price points to Academy price points.
Have you ever wondered how the top class midfielders make the game look so easy? For me, it’s the little things that often go unnoticed, that set the great midfielders apart from the truly special ones. We recently posted a video where Ilkay Gündogan gave us some tips on how to be a better midfielder, which inspired me to expand on that, and give you my top 4 tips for becoming a better midfielder.
I’m aware that ‘The Lion King’ was released 24 years ago, however one line in that film always stayed with me on the football pitch – “I’m surrounded by idiots”. If you’re also a central midfielder, I guess you can understand where I’m coming from? They say that a football match is mostly won in midfield, and in this blog I’m going to try to give you some tips to help you make the game look a little easier, and also win your midfield battle. Sound good? Keep reading to find out!
Step 1 – Technical ability (Control, First Touch and Passing)
My manager used to tell us that losing the ball is the worst thing you can do on a football pitch. “Treat it like you love it, look after it and it will look after you.” Admittedly, this was a weird thing to say to an 8 year old who just wanted to run around and kick a ball, but it makes total sense. The best way to not lose the ball, is to improve your technical ability. Do drills designed to improve your first touch and passing. Your first touch should always put the ball about a yard away from you, and not near the other player. This will give you the time to look up, and pick out a pass to your team mate.
Step 2 – Mentality
This is becoming a theme in my blogs, but that’s because it’s so important. Preparing well mentally for a game will allow you to step onto the pitch with nothing on your mind except what YOU are going to do. Your job is to dominate the middle of the pitch and you are going to be up for a fight if necessary. Coming up against a player that has a higher technical ability than you can be demoralising, but as I’ve said before – “Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn’t work hard”.
Step 3 – Awareness
In my opinion one of the most important skills you can possess as a midfielder is awareness of what is happening around you, and awareness of where all of your teammates are. The best players are the quickest thinkers, and what better way to demonstrate this by knowing exactly what you’re going to do with the ball, before you even receive the pass? Look all around you at all times, even when you have the ball. Paul Scholes was a master of this art, and made it look simple.
Step 4 – Create Space
All the best players seem to be always standing in space – why outmuscle your opponent when you can out-think them? There is space that can be exploited in-between the defensive and midfield lines, all you need to do is find it, and go there. This means a lot of movement to place yourself between opposition players to create a clear passing line as an outlet for your team when under pressure. When the pass is released, you can move towards the ball and use your body to shield the ball. You can then use the skills I mentioned above to control the ball, shield it from your opponent, be aware of where your teammates are, and pass the ball. This will keep the attack moving into the final third of the pitch. I personally think Kevin De Bruyne is a great example of a midfielder who finds space well and exploits it.
So that was 4 steps on how to become a better midfielder. I hope you can use some of the ideas I mentioned to help you step-up your game!
Nike drop one last Mercurial Superfly 360 colourway of the summer as the Swoosh go deep into pre-season stoppage time. Landing as one half of the “Rising Fire” pack along with the PhantomVSN, it’s a design that reps in red.
For now, the Rising Fire pack is only available in the United States, with the Swoosh set to make the duo of boots available in Europe before the end of the month. It’s worth pointing out that the Hypervenom and Tiempo aren’t part of this new pack – the Hypervenom’s days look to be numbered in the Nike line-up, and the Tiempo would’ve been a bit of a third wheel here.
The “Team Red” colourway wraps around the Nike Mercurial Superfly and Vapor 360 for a familiar feel, and one that will be adopted well across all levels. For Nike’s professional players, they’ll remain in the new “Raised on Concrete” collection to kick off their respective domestic campaigns this month.
After making a debut on full display during the 2018 World Cup in Russia we’re slipping on the next generation Nemeziz 18+ to see where adidas have taken the silo. Another laceless boot. We seriously need to start thinking about re-naming this series…
The Nemeziz landed on the scene as one of the most intriguing releases that we’ve seen from adidas for some time. A mishmash of medical bandages wrapped around Primeknit and a collar that looked like nothing we had seen before… it split opinion. Now, we get the second iteration of the Nemeziz, with a revamped collar, a few tweaks to the upper, and perhaps more of an idea on what purpose it serves on the market.
The Nemeziz is loud and isn’t shy about being one of the most unique boots on the market. The back and forth arrow design will be fun to see moving forward, and the two tone colour combo is strong. However, until you hit the heel and forefoot, we could totally believe that this was just a colour update of the 2017 Nemeziz. At a glance, not much has changed.
The medial section of the boot is still covered in the stretch Agility Bandages, but now adidas has heightened the collar and stepped away from the bumpy AgilityKnit on the forefoot to the smoother feel of AgilityWeave. The most noticeable difference is the Dual Lock collar that, while it starts of with the deep v-shaped cut of the original Nemeziz, now has a raised portion on the instep side of the boot.
One of the impressive aspects of all of the adidas laceless boots is that, despite needing a boot tailored to a perfect fit without laces, they’ve been able to consistently deliver comfort. The Nemeziz 18+ is no different.
The comfort for the Nemeziz 18+ is taken straight from the soft nature of the materials used to craft the boot. The Agility Bandages that make up most of the upper are incredibly soft, and they couple together with a comfortable padding for an immediate harnessed feel when you slip them on.
The area under the tongue is a stretchy material that helps the boot keep its shape and allows you to get your foot into the boot, but it’s still soft. Every other part of the boot is lined with an incredibly plush liner… very similar to what we’ve seen adidas use on the original X PureSpeed and the first Nemeziz (albeit, a bit thicker this time around). Add in a soft liner in the heel, and you’ve got a boot that’s ready for takeoff as soon as you take it out of the box.
Somehow, the Nemeziz 18+ is able to provide an immediate fit and a comfort that most boots don’t possess until they’ve been broken in for quite some time. The best part is that the forefoot of the boot will only soften up as the outer synthetic softens. Out of all of the adidas boots on the market (that aren’t made of kangaroo leather), the Nemeziz currently sets the bar for comfort… whether you’re looking for boots with laces or boots without.
The original Nemeziz was an impressive marvel that caught us off guard with an intriguing concept. The idea of wrapping bandages made sense, but the execution spelled it out. However, we would have loved a better construction around the connection of the bandage strips and some better lockdown…
The beauty of the Nemeziz has always been time on the ball. While the forefoot is a little bit stiff on the ball at first, it softens up, factors in with the padding and Agility Bandages to provide an incredible feel on the ball. Something that adidas has done with their laceless boots is found a way to give an incredibly soft touch with materials that, in order to keep your foot in place without laces, should be rigid and thick.
The Nemeziz 18+ continues that, and it shows while you’re running at pace or trying to skip between defenders. The ball never feels dampened against your foot, and there’s always a great feel on the ball. Don’t come swimming in the Nemeziz waters if you’re looking for an extremely thin and barefoot feel. The AgilityWeave on the forefoot and the Agility Bandages on both sides flow seamlessly in terms of feel, and while the Agilityweave is a bit thicker than the PrimeKnit used on the last Nemeziz, it’s so small of a change that it doesn’t make the feel on the ball any less impressive.
The area where the tongue would sit on a typical boot feels fantastic when you strike through a shot or cross-field ball. Despite the nice bit of padding that’s present throughout the boot, you still get the nice warm sensation that every player craves when they put their foot through a proper strike. You’re going to feel this whenever you receive a pass, make a pass, or address the ball in any way across the entirety of the boot.
One of the biggest issues that all of the laceless adidas boots face is lockdown. Being secure when you plant and attempt to make quick turns, which always feels like something that a boot without laces can’t achieve. The newest Nemeziz faces the same struggle, and, while it’s the best attempt we’ve seen at solving this issue from adidas, it still doesn’t give the amount of response and lockdown you get from a well-laced boot.
Perhaps there will be a moment when we finally see a laceless boot that can truly compete against laced options in this regard, but only the X 18+ has come close to this so far. Don’t expect to come out of your boot when executing a quick pivot or rolling your ankle every time that you cut, but there’s still a bit of ever-so-slight movement that keeps the Nemeziz 18+ from being perfect.
The stud pattern and build under the Nemeziz remains unchanged from the last model. Crescent shaped studs help allow you to cut into the ground quickly and push off without feeling stuck down in the muck. While adidas aren’t formally calling this an AG/FG set-up, the length and shape of the studs left us enjoying the traction whether we were playing on firm ground pitches or delving into a surface that was of a high standard of artificial.
To be totally honest, there isn’t much difference between the Nemeziz 18 and Nemeziz 17. There still isn’t a perfect solution for ultimate lockdown on the Nemeziz when you’ve tossed the laces to the side. The collar is also going to divide opinion, but we rather enjoyed the unique feel that this boot provides. We’re not giving our pair away anytime soon, but we’d be lying if we didn’t say that this boot still has a bit of room to improve before perfection.
There’s also still a bit of confusion around who this boot suits. We’d answer that by saying it’s a more comfortable, more agile alternative to the X series. Still fast, but with a leather interior rather than the racing seats. The upper does provide a better feel on the ball than the previous generation, the boot has improved its lockdown, but they’re all minor upgrades that are barely noticeable. Still, improvement sip progression.