adidas today unveiled a live 3D infographic at Stamford Bridge which brought to life each of Frank Lampard’s 203 club record goals tally.
Research undertaken by adidas allowed each of the 203 goals which Lampard scored in adidas boots, to be plotted on a virtual 3D axis, allowing each goal to be pinpoint placed and showcase exactly where each goal was scored from.
Lampard today walked through his top 10 all-time goals, calling out classic moments such as his first Premier League goal for Chelsea at home to Bolton in 2001 and his record-breaking goal in last weekend’s game against Aston Villa amongst the stand out goal scoring moments in his career.
The adidas installation is dedicated to Lampard goals and outstanding contribution to the club over the past 12 seasons, a truly iconic celebration of one of the best goalscorers in the world who has gone all in for his club and country over the past decade.
On Friday 17th May, a short video feature on the making of the installation and Lampard’s own guide to his top ten goals will be released via adidas’ YouTube channel.
To see exclusive content from today’s event and to join the conversation around Lampard’s greatest ever goals follow @adidasUK #superfrank
The Western Union Company a leader in global payment services and Global Partner of the UEFA Europa League, and the Western Union Foundation, today announced they will collaborate with UNICEF, the world’s leading international children’s organization. Western Union’s PASS Initiative turns every successful pass in the UEFA Europa League competition into funding that supports education for young people around the world.
The PASS initiative is fronted by former international football star Patrick Vieira. It started during the Group Stage of the UEFA Europa League Season 2012/13, which kicked off on September 20, 2012. The season concludes May 15, 2013 with the UEFA Europa League Final 2013 between Chelsea FC and SL Benfica at the Amsterdam ArenA.
The PASS initiative is expected to run for the three years of Western Union’s sponsorship of the UEFA Europa League until 2015. Through the program, Western Union is committed to supporting education in select countries around the world.
The collaboration with UNICEF will initially focus on education programs in Nigeria, Jamaica and Turkey. Funding will support UNICEF projects including teacher training and curriculum development; financial literacy, vocational and life skills training for adolescents; school improvements; and more. The Western Union Foundation’s grant will enable UNICEF to scale these interventions, aiming to provide access to one million days of education for children.
On the evening of the UEFA Europa League Final 2013, Chelsea FC and Nigeria striker Victor Moses, who’s so far contributed 161 passes, said: “Western Union’s PASS initiative has done a great job in helping bring education to even the most under privileged countries, and I’ve been honored to be a part of such a fantastic campaign. The UEFA Europa League is a massive tournament and we’re all looking forward to what should be a great final”
“We are grateful for Western Union’s continued support of UNICEF. This expanded commitment to education will help UNICEF invest in training teachers, and provide vocational and life skills guidance to improve young people’s chances of completing school and successfully transition into the workplace as adults,” said Tim Hunter, International Fundraising Director at UNICEF. “We are proud to work with Western Union to help more children access a quality education and transform their lives.”
“Moving money for better is at the heart of what we do, and education is one of the main reasons our customers send money,” said Diane Scott, Executive Vice President, Chief Product and Marketing Officer, Western Union, and a member of the Western Union Foundation Board of Directors. “PASS harnesses the power of football to raise awareness of unmet educational needs, and with UNICEF we can impact the lives of secondary school students around the world.”
“Where I come from, opportunities for a quality education are rare,” explained Vieira the former AS Cannes, AC Milan, Arsenal FC, Juventus FC, FC Internazionale Milano, Manchester City FC and French international player. Vieira is currently football development executive at Manchester City FC. “Football was my ticket to success, but for the vast majority of young people, education is the key that allows them to become whatever they want to be. That’s why I support this campaign. It will benefit students, teachers and schools in places like Senegal where I was born and lived until moving to France at the age of eight.”
In support of PASS, Western Union has been carrying out a marketing and communications program for its customers and UEFA Europa League fans from around the world. Fans can learn more at www.wu-pass.org or join the conversation on Twitter @wu_pass.
Ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final 2nd Leg Matches, Dutch Legend Patrick Kluivert speaks Chelsea, Basel being a wolf in sheep’s skin and what the Amsterdam Arena has in store.
Home advantage in the second leg will be key in the eyes of the former Ajax, Barcelona, Milan and Newcastle striker but who has caught his eye in the competitions, who is he tipping for the title and what kind of atmosphere can the finalists expect at the Amsterdam Arena, a stadium he was one of the first to play in.
The all-time leading goal scorer for the Dutch national team also explains why he is supporting the Western Union PASS initiative, which see the UEFA Europa League Global Partner turning every successful pass in the competition into funding to support one day’s education for young people around the world. The fund aims to reach one million days of school over the next three seasons.
Every successful pass made by the four clubs Chelsea Basel, Benfica & Fenerbahce, competing in tonight’s UEFA Europa League Semi-Finals will contribute further to a new education initiative being run by the Global Partner of the UEFA Europa League Western Union.
Called PASS, the initiative is turning every pass in this season’s competition into funding to support one day’s education for young people around the world. So far, 174,495 days of funding have been raised since the start of the Group Stage.
“Moving money for better is at the heart of what we do, and education is one of the main reasons our customers send money” explains Marc Audrit, VP Global Brand Director at Western Union, who aim to reach one million school days over the next three seasons to build on the work the leader in global payment services has already done to support education globally.
“According to UNESCO, 71 million bright, hardworking students globally are not enrolled in secondary or vocational education. It’s a tremendous loss of economic and human potential, since each extra year of school can increase an individual’s potential economic opportunity. Through PASS, we intend to harness the power of football to build awareness of this challenge as well as deliver on-the-ground support that will make a difference to young people and their communities.”
Fronted by former international football star Patrick Vieira, the initiative has already attracted enthusiastic support from both former and current players.
“Football was my ticket to success, but for the vast majority of young people education is the key that allows them to become whatever they want to be,” explained Vieira the former AS Cannes, AC Milan, Arsenal FC, Juventus, FC Internazionale Milano, Manchester City FC and French international player, who was born in Senegal before moving to France at the age of eight and is currently football development executive at Manchester City FC.
Commenting on the initiative ahead of his side’s semi-final UEL tie, Chelsea’s striker Fernando Torres said: ‘Well, I bet they would like to have Xavi and Iniesta in the Europa League, to get more passes… But yes, it’s nice. I think just to play football I think that you can motivate many many kids to do what they like to do, and that’s playing football. You can enjoy doing what you like to do, and if you can help anyone, especially the kids, it’s brilliant. Hopefully we can keep doing that and we can keep playing good games, passes, and helping them until the final. Sometimes you don’t realise how important it is what we do until you know things like that. So it’s brilliant’.
PASS will provide teacher training and student scholarships through nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), with an initial focus on eleven countries – Brazil, China, Colombia, Jamaica, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Romania, Russia and Turkey.
Leading Passing Teams
1. Tottenham Hotspur FC (6,241)
2. FC Rubin Kazan (6,056)
3. FC Basel 1893 (5,903)
4. Fenerbache (5,507)
5. Newcastle United (5,317)
Leading Passing Players
1. Pablo Orbaiz, FC Rubin Kazan (805)
2. Bebras Natcho, FC Rubin Kazan (747)
3. Aleksandar Dragovic, FC Basel 1893 (659)
4. Alexandru Bourceanu, FC Steaua Bucuresti (649)
5. Fabian Schar, FC Basel 1893 (636)
The PASS initiative will convert each successful pass completed during each match played from the Group Stage to the final of the 2012/13 UEFA Europa League into funds to cover one full day of school for one student, to be allocated and distributed based on the educational needs and costs of each identified market. This initiative will run for the three years of Western Union’s sponsorship of the UEFA Europa League until 2015. For further information visit www.wu-pass.org
Mathematical algorithm proves existence of ‘The Engine’
For the last two years adidas have been working behind the scenes to identify a new specific type of football player called ‘The Engine’ and today they are proud to reveal a partnership with leading sports data provider, Opta, who can confirm the existence of this player type through an algorithm summarised by the mathematical equation below:
‘The Engine Equation’
‘The Engine’ is the archetypical box-to-box footballer who covers every blade of grass, seeks goal scoring chances, tracks down his opponent and displays relentless energy from the first minute to the final whistle. Identifying these players is Adidas’ first step deciding which players will wear their upcoming fourth silo boots – which we get a glimpse at the ‘x-ray’ imagery.
Based on the adidas insight, Opta have helped to reveal the fundamental character of ‘The Engine’ by finding out how to measure and quantify his performances. They have produced a mathematical algorithm which defines the perfect ‘Engine’ player and will be used to track this player’s performance from today onwards. Some of the players believed to fit ‘The Engine’ stereotype are Bayern Munich’s Javi Martinez, FC Barcelona’s Dani Alves, AS Roma’s Daniele De Rossi & Paris Saint Germain’s Ezequiel Lavezzi.
With the help of Opta and their database of statistics and insights, the algorithm will be used to pinpoint ‘The Engine’ performances week in, week out. Certain indicators such as work rate, pitch coverage, and on / off ball statistics will be measured and players will be scored out of 100. adidas & Opta will analyse data from key matches from the UEFA Champions League and the Confederations Cup and highlight ‘The Engine’ players via an index entitled ‘The Engine Scale’ – results will be announced to media and fans through a series of info graphics and other statistic-based imagery as they become available on twitter @adidasfootball #TheEngine.
The algorithm has already focused on several of the world’s top players and has unearthed some stats proving how vital ‘The Engine’ has been during these campaigns. For example, Bayern Munich midfielder Javi Martinez is renowned for his committed style of play and has won on average 2.6 aerial duels per game in the UEFA Champions League this season, more than any other Bayern Munich player.
Claus-Peter Mayer, adidas Vice President Global Sports Marketing Football, said: “Working with Opta has confirmed that adidas have found ‘The Engine’ footballer. ‘The Engine’ is a player we have been focusing on in recent years in terms of our footwear development and player recruitment, so for the world’s leading data provider to prove this insight through their scientific analysis is a fantastic and exciting development.”
Aidan Cooney, CEO, Opta commented: “We are delighted to be working with adidas on confirming the existence of ‘The Engine’ player. Modern football fans are passionate about comparing, contrasting and analysing their favourite players’ performances. By incorporating Opta’s uniquely detailed data, The Engine Scale can help to contribute to this debate before, during and after the match”.
Electronic Arts Inc. today unveiled innovations to the greatest sports game on the planet that will enable fans to experience the emotion of scoring great goals when playing EA SPORTS FIFA 14 on the PlayStation3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360 videogame and entertainment system and PC.
Innovations to the franchise’s award-winning gameplay will make FIFA 14 the complete matchday experience, introducing features that inspire fans to build play through midfield, dictate the tempo of a match and create rewarding opportunities. Great football matches are achieved through measured build up and incredible finishing. A new feature in FIFA 14 called Pure Shot and a brand-new ball physics system will transform shooting, making every shot attempt feel real, and when players connect with the perfect strike, feel exhilarating.
“FIFA 14 will play the way great football matches are contested with build up through midfield, tension throughout the match as chances are created, and incredible finishing,” said David Rutter, Executive Producer for FIFA 14. “Opportunities in FIFA 14 will be rewarding and great goals will look stunning.”
Finishing has been transformed with Pure Shot so players have the intelligence to adjust their stride and approach angle to find the best position for hitting the back of the net. Well-hit balls feel more exhilarating and rewarding. New shot types include pure strikes, as well as off-balance and rushed shots. Plus, Real Ball Physics now determines the trajectories of balls, enabling players to kick the ball with force from distance, drill low rising shots with accuracy, and blast dipping or turbulent shots, just like real footballers.
Fans will be able to create rewarding build up to opportunities and have the tools to dictate the tempo of a match through four new features. Protect The Ball will enable players to fend-off and block defenders from the ball while dribbling at any speed, or out-muscle opponents for position before receiving the pass, then turn defenders to carve out opportunities. Teammate Intelligence has been improved on both sides of the ball. New decision-making logic delivers tighter, smarter marking and improved run tracking where defenders recognize opportunities to provide support and win back possession, while attacking players have new ways to outsmart their opponents by creating space for themselves, running along the backline and checking their pace. Major changes to ball control add new tools to win the midfield battles. Sprint Dribble Turns enable players to turn in every direction at sprint speed while preserving momentum, delivering the control and confidence to take on defenders one-on-one. Variable Dribble Touches introduces variety on touches when sprinting. Skilled players will have better touch and more control when sprinting with the ball.
In addition to innovations to gameplay, FIFA 14 is introducing a game-changing new way to play Career Mode. The Global Scouting Network brings the world of professional scouting to life. Players now develop and refine a scouting network and search for talent year-round. Scouts can evaluate footballers all over the world to uncover the attributes and traits of every player in the game, in preparation for the transfer windows. Plus, a new hub delivers easy navigation, fewer interruptions and live scouting reports.
FIFA 14 will deliver engaging online features and live services that connect fans to the heartbeat of the sport—and to each other—through EA SPORTS Football Club, making FIFA 14 football’s social network, where fans connect, compete and share with millions of others around the world. The game will also feature:
- Changes to the wildly popular FIFA Ultimate Team
- A new online Mode that will encourage social competition
- Multiple new features and benefits to EA SPORTS Football Club, the live service that is the heartbeat of FIFA
- Complete authenticity with more than 500 officially licensed clubs.
FIFA 14 is in development at EA Canada and will be available in stores world-wide this fall. You can join the EA SPORTS football community at http://www.facebook.com/easportsfifa or follow them on Twitter @easportsfifa and use the hash tag #FIFA14.
adidas yesterday unveiled the ‘Messi Gallery’, a new pop-up exhibition in Barcelona dedicated to the world’s best footballer, Leo Messi. Messi himself was present to launch the gallery in central Barcelona, which will be open to the public for one month.
It marks the latest stage in the adidas ‘Team Messi’ campaign, which recognises the extraordinary skill, style and achievement of Messi. It sees the launch of the first signature adizero f50 Messi boot and the creation of Messi’s own signature range by adidas. It is a rare accolade, with Messi joining a very small group of iconic adidas athletes to have ever received this honour. The best football player in the world is now coupled with his own branding portfolio of products.
The gallery features a host of iconic memorabilia and exhibits representing Leo Messi’s entire career, including his four successive FIFA Ballon d’Or trophies from 2009 to 2012. Kit and official match balls from landmark games and tournaments are also displayed in the unique space, including the balls from the 2008 Summer Olympics, 2005 FIFA U-20 World Cup and UEFA Champions League finals in 2009 and 2011, all competitions Messi won with Argentina and Barcelona.
The gallery houses historical adidas boots which Messi has worn throughout his career. This includes the adizero f50 boot worn when Messi scored twice against Real Betis to break Gerd Muller’s 1972 record of 85 goals in a calendar year and the adidas TUNiT boot from the 2009 UEFA Champions League Final in Rome, which Messi famously kissed upon scoring.
Speaking at the launch, Messi said; “I feel honoured to be here at the launch of this gallery featuring so many memories of my career so far. It is amazing to see everything brought together in one place and I hope my fans come and enjoy the exhibition. I want to thank the fans for their daily support and adidas for helping me perform to my highest level.”
Other exhibits look at the adidas campaigns that Messi has previously starred in and launched. These include the 2011 launch of miCoach f50, the world’s first football ‘boot with a brain’, the 2012 miadidas campaign where fans of Leo Messi were given the unique opportunity to design a pair of adidas football boots for him to wear, as well as the latest 2013 launch of ‘Team Messi’ and the Messi Collection range of boots and apparel.
Last week saw the launch of Team Messi, marked by the release of an iconic video and ‘Messi Mantra’, capturing the guiding philosophy of how Messi plays football. It highlights the attributes, behaviour and values that make Leo the most admired and inspiring footballer in the world.
Team Messi will bring fans together via an online hub on Facebook. After joining, fans will receive exclusive insight into the world of Messi, providing a unique connection to Leo himself. Throughout the campaign adidas will enable fans to get closer than ever before to Messi.
Messi fans can also celebrate their hero and ‘play the Messi way’ through the Messi Collection range of boots and apparel, including a signature adizero f50 Messi boot.
How aware were you of the significance of the number 7 shirt when Sir Alex Ferguson allocated to you at the beginning of the season?
Yes, it means a lot. When I arrived at United I was already aware of exactly what the number 7 shirt stood for here, because we all know that many legendary players have passed through the club and worn that shirt, players who were almost larger than life. So I was pretty clued up about it and it’s a shirt that’s really made a huge impact at this club.
What makes it so special?
You can almost say that it’s different to the other shirts worn by the other players. It’s a shirt that needs to be worn by a player who is maybe that little bit different, individuals if you like. That’s how I see it anyway. I’d say it has to be someone special who wears that shirt because it is a little different.
Does it have to belong to a player with a particular style or character?
I think so, definitely. You can see that pretty much all of the players who have worn the shirt have gone on to become legends at this club. I’m just hoping that I can do something similar!
What is it that unites the great number 7s?
You could say it’s the winning mentality, the mentality of a champion, always wanting to win and having that hunger for trophies. Take David Beckham, he wore that shirt for what, eight to ten seasons and won five or six titles in that time, that’s something you look at and see why the shirt means so much at this club.
Then you have the individuality of someone like Cantona…
Yes, Cantona, Cristiano, Beckham, they really were all one-off players and it’s the word individual that most accurately describes them and they’ve certainly made that shirt even more iconic here.
Does the history of the shirt and the number of legendary players who have worn it bring extra pressure?
Yes to be honest, you could say it does because those guys have all sweat blood and earned so much respect for the shirt that the moment comes when you are on the field and you say to yourself, wow, I’ve got the seven on my back and I have to deliver and I have to make it even bigger.
What number 7 has had the most impact at Manchester United in your opinion?
It’s a tough one that when you consider the players we are talking about, people like Beckham, Cantona, and a few others, but I think that the player who has made the biggest mark in this shirt would be Cristiano, both for the trophies he won and the goals he scored.
What about George Best?
Even growing up in Ecuador I was aware of Best’s place amongst the great players – I only wish he had played a few years later and I could have seen more of him.
Did Sir Alex Ferguson say anything to you about the significance of the shirt before it was announced that you’d be wearing it?
No not at all. The manager just said would you like to wear it and I said yes, of course, no problem at all.
You were very confident?
When did you first wear the number seven?
In South Africa, on the tour.
What’s your style like off the pitch?
As simple and as straightforward as possible!
Do you think you’ve brought your own style of play to the no. 7 shirt?
Not so far, but I would certainly like to leave my mark in the future.
You don’t think you have yet?
No, not yet!
How does being at Manchester United compare to playing for Wigan? Was it a big step up for you?
There’s a huge difference because we all know United’s history compared with Wigan’s. Manchester United is a team used to winning trophies like the Champions League and the Premier League and unfortunately Wigan haven’t won things on that scale, so yes, history tells us that United are a bigger club than Wigan.
So it was a big step?
The big step was arriving at Wigan – it was always in my mind to see if I could progress and earn a move to a big club, and it turned out to be United.
What’s it like stepping out at Old Trafford in front of the home fans?
It’s really great. I wasn’t used to playing in front of 75,000 people every Saturday, Sunday
or Wednesday but I’m more accustomed to it now. I think that the first impression was,
‘wow, it’s really happening and I’d better perform well here!’
What did winning the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year Award last season mean to you?
It was really incredible, very moving, but it also was a great source of motivation at the same time. For me it was special to receive such a big award as Player of the Year, and since it was voted for by my team mates I think it was just unbelievable. But as well as the player’s award, there were the ones from the fans too, so all the trophies were really special. The third one was for best goal.
How are the goal celebrations coming along?
They’re not! I’m not off the mark for the season yet!
How do you feel this season has gone for you personally thus far?
Quite well. I think I made a good start to the season, but then I suffered an injury to my instep, followed by a back injury which left me on the sidelines, the back problem taking longer, for almost a whole month. But I’m fit again now and I’ve managed to play four games on the run. But now I think I have to get back to my best form and push myself even harder because there is stiff competition for places in the team and wait my turn to feature again.
You mentioned not scoring, have you set yourself a goal scoring target, a figure?
The ‘figure’ would be firstly to start playing regularly and playing well, and then the goals and the assists will gradually start to come along.
How many did you get last season?
No pressure then. I thought you had scored you know, maybe you’ve been celebrating your team mates goals more!
Sir Alex Ferguson rotates his midfield a lot. Is there any friendly rivalry in training between yourself and the other wingers?
Like I said before, there is quite a lot of competition for places which I think makes for some hard fought training sessions because everyone wants to be playing in the first team. It’s healthy rivalry and competition, with no ill feeling at all from any of the players. Everyone just wants to play and perform well for the good of the team.
Is everyone supportive, is it in good spirit and is there some joking around too?
Yes there is always some joking around in training but we’re all team mates and so challenges are always fair and never dirty.
Who’s the toughest full-back you’ve come up against?
Honestly, I would say Patrice Evra. I face him every day in training and it is never, ever easy – he’s very quick, physically strong and reads me very well. He’s a brilliant defender but also has the ability to put you on the back foot when he comes forward.
The team have a decent lead in the Premier League at the moment. Does that change your approach to matches at all?
Yes, it’s very different because of what happened last season, I don’t know if it was about the total disbelief that we could miss out on the league on goal difference, but when you lose the title like that it’s a really bitter blow to suffer. So now in every game and every training session everyone is even more focused and fully concentrated on playing well and applying ourselves to the task of regaining the league title and even better the Champions League.
Does the quality of Manchester United’s strikeforce make it easier for you as a winger?
They are all magnificent players and so as a midfielder you always have to be very aware of their movement which can be so rapid that if you are not concentrating, they can end up getting caught offside. So all of us in the middle of the park need to read the game so well because we are playing behind such an incredible group of front men.
How hard do you work on the training ground to develop the kind of understanding that you and Wayne Rooney enjoy?
It all happens quite naturally and spontaneously on the field during games. We all know about Rooney’s quality, he is so quick and bright, we could be here all day talking about how good he is!
So have you worked on anything to develop this understanding?
We’ve worked a little bit on crosses – they really need to be accurate because if they aren’t you might miss a chance on goal or an attack might break down. So we’ve paid a lot of attention to that.
Have you spoken about it?
No, not at all, just practised.
Robin van Persie recently praised the strength of the team spirit and collective effort at Manchester United. How do you think the management creates this sense of togetherness?
I think that this attitude, concentration and mental strength are down to the manager and every day that he’s there. Win or lose, you are in the next day, and you train every day and you want to win every day. If you lose a game one day, the next day you can’t afford to mope around because there’s another game in a couple of days. I think that’s the mindset of the team and of everything that Manchester United does.
What is the secret of United’s long run of success?
First and foremost it would be the manager, and his 26 years in the job. In addition it’s the day to day work that goes on constantly within the club to make Manchester United what it is.
How impressed have you been with Tottenham and Everton this season? Are they threats to the traditional top 4?
The Premier League is full of teams who can hurt you, not just Everton and Tottenham. They can make life difficult because even though they (Spurs and Everton) are quite a few points behind us but then there are plenty of other teams who make things tough for you. United might be top of the league but they can still play someone like Wigan or Reading who are near the bottom and either drop points or even lose. But I think that those two teams have done well so far, with around 40 points each and they are having very good seasons which shows they are heading in the right direction.
Do you see either of them grabbing a Champions League spot?
I think so, both Everton and Spurs have a good chance of getting in the Champions or Europa League, if they carry on in this form, they will go a long way.
Do you feel any pressure coming from your city rivals?
No way, no pressure at all. The only pressure we feel is the pressure we put on ourselves to keep winning.
How excited are you about playing Real Madrid? Is the team looking forward to taking on Cristiano Ronaldo?
We all know the quality that will be on display in that game and the whole world will be watching. Any player would want to be playing in a game like that, but between now and then we have the matter of the Premier League to fight for, and once the Champions League fixtures come around we’ll be concentrating on those games and of course trying to make sure the fans enjoy themselves.
Is the dressing room talking about Madrid and Cristiano?
They might be but I haven’t understood anything or haven’t been paying attention, but I haven’t heard anything being said about Madrid or Cristiano just yet.
Are the Spanish speaking players talking about the Madrid game?
We talk about Madrid and La Liga every week, but not specifically about when we play them.
Who would you have given the Ballon d’Or to?
It’s a tough question but I would have given it to Messi.
Favourite 7 players ever, current or retired?
Ryan Giggs, Scholesy, Iniesta, Messi, Patrice Evra, Lampard, Totti
Favourite player of all time?
What can you say about Albert Morgan? What words would you use?
He’s great, and works really hard. Maybe a bit crazy too.
Since their sale by Nike, Umbro faded from the spotlight. Now however, with release of the new White/Royal Blue Geometra Pro II boots, Umbro are grabbing the attention of the boot world again.
The premium kangaroo leather upper (something we are seeing less and less these days) offer unrivalled comfort and ball feel while control is enhanced thanks to the rubberized print detail. The detail helps increase traction and swerve on the ball in both wet and dry conditions.
Umbro’s famed ‘A Frame’ support provides an enhanced fit and comfort. As a control boot the standout feature of the new Geometra Pro II is the redesigned Medial pass pad with HF memory foam insert for greater control when receiving and disturbing the ball.
While the upper has a new look the new Geometra Pro II does have some similarities to its predecessor. The off centred lacing creates a larger strike zone on the medial side of the boot while the TPU soleplate features the same circular stud configuration for maximum traction and acceleration. The insole has a PU insock for comfort while the Phylon insole aids cushioning and fit.
Ashley Cole will become an England centurion tonight when the Three Lions face Brazil in an international friendly at Wembley Stadium. To mark the occasion Cole will be wearing a pair of personalised Nike Tiempo Legend IV boots which have been embroidered with St George’s cross, AC 3, “England vs Brazil” and “100th Cap”; all messages designed to celebrate his achievement. They were presented to him yesterday at St George’s Park in a specially designed presentation box.
After 12 years of pulling on the England shirt, the 32-year-old will become only the seventh player to join the illustrious 100 club, currently occupied by Peter Shilton, David Beckham, Bobby Moore, Bobby Charlton, Billy Wright and England captain Steven Gerrard. The remarkable achievement for Cole is that all 100 appearances have been as left full back.
While Nike have joined the celebrations by presenting the Chelsea left-back with a special pair of Tiempo boots, Most of his appearances were in either Adidas or Puma speed boots. Cole made the switch to Nike however 2010 and has worn Tiempo boots ever since.
Ahead of the game, Cole has been speaking to The FA about reaching the milestone. “It’s been a long time coming, 12 years of playing for England, so on Wednesday, if I play, it will be a proud moment for me and my family,” he said. “I don’t what to say that it’s just another game for me. It is good that it’s 100 caps, but I want to win the game as well.”