To mark his recent announcement to retire from professional football, David Beckham and adidas have produced a unique pair of boots celebrating his illustrious playing career.
The David Beckham has been the face of the Predator range for most of his career and his last colourway will feature on the latest incarnation, the Predator LZ II.
Beckham’s last pair of boot were customized using www.miadidas.com – the second pair of custom boots Beckham has worn that will not be an official colourway. Beckham has been wearing the synonymous range of adidas footwear since 1996 when he scored his famous goal against Wimbledon from the half way line.
Emboldened by the red, white & blue colours and the union flag of Great Britain, Beckham’s love for his country is the main inspiration for the design.
Every aspect of the boot has David’s personal touch. As with all his boots the love for his family is ever present, featuring the initials of his wife Victoria and the names of his four children: Brooklyn; Romeo; Cruz and Harper. The boot also includes the shirts numbers from David’s playing career: 7, 23 and 32.
Commenting on his boots, David Beckham said: “This is truly a special moment for me and I’m happy that my longest serving partner, adidas was able to work with me to commemorate the moment. What I really wanted to come across was the passion I had playing for my country and the pride that gave me.”
Beckham will wear the specially customised boots for PSG when he takes to the field in his last game ever against Brest this evening.
Adidas’ new Predator LZ has already shot to prominence in the boot would despite having only made their official on-field debut last weekend. Whenever it comes to Predators there is always one man in particular that gets a little extra attention – David Beckham.
Adidas’ eagerness to have Beckham involved in the Team GB Olympic team has not been hard to see. Now with the release of Beckham’s first bespoke signature Predator LZ White/Olympic Pink/Black colourway, that desire is even more apparent. Adidas haven’t been scared to use pink the past and have given the official Olympic ball – The Albert – a bit of pink paint. Pink ball, meet pink boots.
The LZ weighs just 225 grams and is the most technologically advanced, unique looking and innovative Predator to ever be released thanks to the five distinctive ‘lethal zones’ which aim to deliver greater ball control, touch, accuracy and power.
The ‘First Touch’ zone acts as a cushioning platform on the synthetic upper to give immediate ball contact. The inside vamp of the boot features the ‘Drive’ zone which follows the natural shape of the instep to create a rebound effect for greater distance and power. The ‘Sweet Spot’ zone on the medial side of the boot generates greater spin and pace. While the instep of the boots feature a ‘Pass’ zone with memory foam on the medial side of the boot to ensure consistency of passing. The ‘Dribble’ zone is a continuation of the SL rubber from the forefoot, to provide optimum grip on the ball for controlled dribbling.
Beckham has traditionally worn a synthetic upper rather the leather previous Predators have provided but that isn’t an issue with the new LZ. A newly engineered Hybridtouch upper combines the benefits of leather and synthetic – comfort, stability, reduced water uptake and the highest quality feel in all weather conditions. A Sprintframe construction uses geometrical learnings and offers the perfect balance between lightweight and stability. The Sprintframe outsole provides the Predator Lethal Zones with maximum grip and optimum pressure distribution on a firm or soft ground. The Predator Lethal Zones is also the first miCoach enabled Predator boot.
Beckham gave his new colourway the perfect debut over the weekend when he scored from a trademark free-kick to earn the LA Galaxy a draw against Montreal Impact. As usual DB’s boots feature a few personalization’s with the names of his four children and number 23 stitched onto the upper as well as the Beckham icon on the sock-liner.
Yesterday was the start of the 2011 MLS Playoffs and although there was some great action, the most eye-catching thing on the field was undoubtedly David Beckham’s new Prime Ink Blue/White/Electricity Adidas AdiPower Predators.
As usual the new Beckham (or DB) colourway features a synthetic upper rather than the standard Taurus calf leather due to Beckham’s animal rights beliefs. One noticeable change on the new DB boots is the inclusion of Beckham’s new logo. His previous ‘free kick’ logo has featured on his previous signature colourways but this is the first time his new logo – which is his name with a soccer ball shaped cutout – has featured.
Beckham’s personal pair feature his usual array personalizations such as the name of his four children, his squad number 23, a custom insole as well as the English and American flags on the heels above his new logo.
Beckham showed off his new boots on his Facebook page last Thursday but debuted his new flashy colourway, which replaces his comparatively understated previous Gold/Red colourway, for LA Galaxy as they beat New York Red Bulls 1-0 at the Red Bull Arena yesterday.
David Beckham was one of the original boot customizers when he began adding numbers and names to his boots. These days the names of his boys Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz have been stitched on the instep of his boots. That list however now includes their baby sister Harper Seven.
To celebrate the birth of their new daughter David Beckham turned out for LA Galaxy against his former club Real Madrid in a pair of bespoke White/Pink/Electricity Adidas AdiPower Predator boots.Beckham and the Galaxy were hosting Real Madrid in the opening game of the Herbalife World Football Challenge at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum yesterday (Real Madrid won 4-1).
We are used to Beckham wearing unique boots as the ex-Manchester United and Real Madrid star has is own line of Adidas Predator boots we know as the ‘DB’ range but as far as we know this is a once off boot colourway and will not be available for purchase.
If you think they look familiar you are probably right. Beckham’s special boots look a lot like the recently released Ladies White/Pink/Black AdiPower Predator Adidas launched for the Women’s World Cup.
Last night we were given a early glimpse of David Beckham’s new signature AdiPower Predator colourway and now TRW gives you a closer look at the new Gold/Red/Black DB AdiPower Predator colourway.
Beckham is the ultimate symbol of Adidas football and has been a Predator icon for years. Beckham maybe heading towards the end of his career but there is no doubt his image is still worth plenty and it is no surprise that Adidas have added a DB colourway to new AdiPower Predator range.
Beckham’s new boots are an interesting Gold/Red/Black colourway and were seen for the first time when the ex-Manchester United star returned to Old Trafford to take part in fellow club legend Gary Neville’s testimonial match at Old Trafford. This is not Beckham’s first pair of gold Predators as the LA Galaxy midfielder was presented with a limited edition pair of Predator PowerSwerve boots to mark his 100th cap for England. However this is the first time they are released as an official retail colouraway.
The new AdiPower Predator features a Taurus calf leather but Beckam;s boots will have a synthetic Predator’s due to animal rights beliefs and are therefore 10g lighter than the standard leather adiPower, weighing just 225g.
Adidas’ well know SprintFrame (which we know from the AdiZero) features a redesigned Predator PowerSpine from the Predator X, to allow additional energy transfer directly from the foot into the ball by preventing the foot from over bending while still allowing for comfortable running movements thanks to the flex grooves which keep the element highly flexible in the right direction.
The new re-engineered silicon rubber Predator Element is split into two zones. The first zone is an aggressive, structured surface which integrates the Adidas stripes is the ‘Power Zone’. The 3D fins give rebound upon ball impact, generating additional striking power from the boot. The second ‘Swerve Zone’ features a hexagonal pattern. The even and soft surface provides a longer contact time with the ball, resulting in higher friction and ultimately higher swerve.
The new Gold/Red/Black DB AdiPower Predators are due for release from in mid July
Manchester United legend Gary Neville bid farewell to football last night in a testimonial game against Juventus. The Class of ’92 got together to honor the United right back but it was Neville’s old teammate David Beckham who stole the limelight. Not only were United fans around the world excited to see Beckham pull on a Red Devils jersey once again but eyes were also drawn to his Adidas football boots.
The new Adidas Predator AdiPower boots are set for release soon and it seems that Golden Balls will be getting his own signature colourway – Gold/Red. We have heard rumors of a new DB boot from Adidas but Neville’s testimonial at the Theatre of Dreams certainly wasn’t the place we expected to see them first!
Adidas must have known the kind of hype Beckham would create appearing for United and figured it was the perfect time to give us a taste of his new signature colourway. Beckham’s boots featured his flag/number personlisation along with his bespoke ‘free-kick’ logo on the heel.
Stay tuned to TRW for more on Beckham’s new Gold/Red DB adiPower Predator football boots.
David Beckham arrived at Tottenham Hotspur’s training ground yesterday with question marks still hanging over whether the England star will pull on a Spurs shirt or not. At present Beckham will only train with Spurs – until the 10th of February.
Negotiations between Tottenham and Beckham’s club, Los Angeles Galaxy, are still on going, with Spurs – and especially Harry Redknapp – hoping that a deal can be reached. The two stumbling blocks seem to be his wages and the date he must return to America. Spur won’t feel that it is worth their while to sign Beckham if he has to be back in the USA earlier in February.
Beckham trained with the first team squad today and seemed to be enjoying him self as he participated in all the drills and exercises with the squad including fellow England teammates Peter Crouch, Jermain Defoe and understudy Aaron Lennon. Talking about fellow Englishmen… Spurs fans would have been pleased to see Beckham’s former Real Madrid teammate Jonathan Woodgate in training (far left). The England centre back has struggled with a groin injury and hasn’t played for over a year.
We think Beckham looked pretty good in the Spurs training gear. His bespoke White/Uniform Blue/Silver Adidas Predator X boots would look great with the Spurs kit. Beckham, who trained in the number 77 kit, was well know for wearing number 7 for Manchester United and England but had to change when he arrived at Real Madrid. He was given 23 which he took to the LA Galaxy. It will be interesting to see what number he wore if a loan deal can be agreed. I wont be 7 nor 23 as Aaron Lennon and Carlo Cudicini already have those squad numbers.
“It is great to have him here. Everybody has worked hard to get him here and we were hoping that he could come and play, obviously.” Said Harry Redknapp. “He is a fit lad and looks like he’s in a great condition and looks after himself. He is a model professional.”
Adidas have released their newest colourway offerings just in time for you to start planning your holiday purchases. With the release of the new Electricity/Poppy/Black and Black/White/Electricity Predator X boots comes the new White/Uniform Blue DB colourway.
Beckham is an icon in Predator circles – an achievement not to be laughed off, as the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Patrick Vieira, Raul, Michael Ballack, Xavi and Steven Gerrard have all been avid Predator wearers as well. Beckham has worn a handful of bespoke colourways and Adidas have now given him this new White/Uniform Blue colourway. They replace his previous Red/White colourway which were supposed to make their debut during the World Cup. This new White/Uniform Blue combination will compliment his LA Galaxy kit much better than the red DBs.
Unfortunately the White/Uniform Blue DB Predator X colourway will not be available in South Africa.
This weekend saw David Beckham make his long awaited return to competitive football since the Achilles tendon injury he picked up while on loan for AC Milan. The injury put him on the sidelines for six months – the longest injury-induced absence in his 17-year career.
Beckham played the last 20 minutes of LA Galaxy’s clash with Columbus Crew at the Home Depot Centre after coming on for Juninho. The 35 year old looked eager to impress – maybe a little too eager as he was booked just 4 minutes after coming on for a foul on Emmanuel Ekpo.
The ex-England skipper’s desire to impress is fueled by his keenness to return to the England fold. “I’d like to be available to play for England. If I’m fit then I’m sure the manager will consider me,” said Beckham, “As positive a person as I am when I did the injury, doubts go through your mind, ‘Am I ever going to play again?’. Being back out there and being fit again makes it sweet.” Beckham knows he still has a lot of work ahead of him before he can expect a call from Capello. “It’s been a quick recovery and I’m happy with that but I’ve never been out of the game for such a long time and after being out there 10 minutes, I was dying. I finished strong, though, and I’m happy to come through it.”
The other exciting part about Beckham’s return was the fact that we got to see him for the first time in a competitive match wearing his bespoke Adidas Predator X DB boots. The England star was seen in a pair in South Africa but Saturday marked the first time he wore them in a match situation and we must say that they looked great on the pitch!
Beckham’s boots are truly unique. The Collegiate Red/White Predators were designed specifically for him but the customization doesn’t stop there. Beckham can’t seem to move on from the PowerSwerve sole-plate which was well disguised by Adidas who re-configured the studs and ‘coloured in’ the PowerServe chamber on his boots.
Beckham and Adidas have a long history and it was also the first time Beckham wore a new Adidas Tech-Fit designed jersey. Adidas are the contracted kit supplier to all the MLS teams. This is their offering to LA Galaxy for the 2010 season:
During the World Cup, David Beckham was spotted training in a pair of red Predator X boots. Well Adidas have now launched the new Adidas Predator X Beckham Football Boots – Collegiate Red/White.
These boots would have looked amazing with the England kit (as they would with his old Manchester United kit…) and it is a pity we didn’t get to see him wear them in South Africa.
Taurus leather combines a natural look, light weight, high abrasion and weatherproof features. Its specially designed weatherproof tanning and new nanotechnology in the finishing process ensures lower water absorption and superior resistance, guaranteeing a lightweight shoe throughout the game in any weather conditions.
Engineered PREDATOR® element integrated in the boot’s swerve zone that increases the contact time with the ball and provides a higher friction rate on a greater contact area, ensuring even more swerve, control and accuracy. The element’s new compound is thinner, softer and more flexible, giving the player a more natural feel and improved ball contact when shooting.