Pop Art, historical qualifications, bitter rivalries and a charity game. Let’s take a look of what the international break left for our eyes and Cleat Spotting.
Cesc Fàbregas (Spain) – Puma evoPOWER 1.2 Pop Art
— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) November 14, 2015
Spain hosted England in an exciting match up where elite players would clash in search of victory and bragging rights. Cesc Fàbregas, sporting the new Spanish Home Kit and the stunning Pop Art evoPOWER cleats, was one of the best men on the field, being directly responsible of the opening goal by assisting Mario Gaspar’s wonderful strike that paved the way for England’s first defeat in 16 games. Maybe this can help him gain some confidence in the English Premier League, we’d love to see more assists and goals with those eye-catching cleats.
Tamás Priskin (Hungary) – Nike Mercurial Vapor X
— UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) November 15, 2015
Hungary beat Norway to earn a place in the Euro 2016 to be played in France next summer, their first participation in a major tournament in 30 years. The played the second leg at home after winning 0-1 on the road, and an early goal would be ideal to play calm against a formidable Norway. Tamás Priskin, a 29-year-old who plays for ŠK Slovan Bratislava, was the one who stroke first in the second game, a goal that will be long remembered by Hungarian fans.
Arda Turan (Turkey) – Nike Tiempo Legend V
— FC Barcelona Fl (@FCBarcelonaFl) November 13, 2015
Arda Turan may not be playing for Barcelona (due to a FIFA ban to the club), but that doesn’t mean his form has depleted during the past few months. Turkey had to face an international friendly against Qatar, who gained an early and rather shocking lead. Turan showed what he’s got by taking the team on his shoulders and leading them to victory with one goal and an assist. No wonder why Barcelona fans are so anxious to see him debut with the blaugrana jersey.
Joe Ledley (Wales) – New Balance Visaro
— Crystal Palace FC (@CPFC) November 13, 2015
Wales, with a secured place in the UEFA Euro 2016, played the now-eliminated Netherlands in Cardiff. The final result was a 2-3 defeat that isn’t that bad considering that Wales where missing crucial players such as Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey. Crystal Palace’s Joe Ledley shone on his New Balance Visaro cleats and scored the first of Wales’ two goals.
Ezequiel Lavezzi (Argentina) – Adidas X 15
— TDN (@tdn_twit) November 14, 2015
If there’s an intense rivalry at the international level that you should be aware of, that one is Brazil versus Argentina. They both hold a legendary status among national teams, and hold a constant struggle to determine who is better and most successful. The latest edition of their eternal battle took place last Friday in Buenos Aires, finishing with a 1-1 draw that left none of them entirely happy. Argentina was kinda diminished due to the absence of influential men like Lionel Messi, Sergio Agüero and Carlos Tevez, but Ezequiel Lavezzi stepped up to score for La Albiceleste before Brazil’s equalizer.
David Beckham (Unicef charity match) – Adidas Ace 15
— BBC Get Inspired (@bbcgetinspired) November 16, 2015
There could not be a better way to close this week’s post but with a charity game. This particular one took place in Old Trafford, gathering the famous David Beckham and other UK figures managed by Sir Alex Ferguson himself against a Rest of the World XI. Beckham showed bits of his magic with the shinning silver and white Ace 16 released a couple of months ago. He made way in the second half for his son Brooklyn in a heartwarming moment that was celebrated with a standing ovation from the Theater of Dreams.
This is it for this week’s recap! Be sure to come next Monday to see what else have we spotted during the course of this week!