With more incredible goals than we normally see in a month, some cracking matches and, not to mention, some great cleats on show this week was the perfect reminder of why we all love football. Here’s the best of what we spotted.
Charlie Adam – Nike Magista Opus
Charlie Adam scored a simply ridiculous goal this weekend, beating none other than Thibaut Courtois from behind the halfway line. Adam was one of a whole plethora of players giving Nike’s “Intense Heat” pack its debut, wearing the brand new total orange/persian violet Magista. A brilliant start to life with this new Magista colourway and we wouldn’t be surprised if Adam sticks with it well beyond its official life-span.
Wayne Rooney – Nike Hypervenom Phantom
Elsewhere in the Premier League, and somewhat overshadowed by the hype caused by Adam’s goal, Wayne Rooney scored a goal that was truly brilliant in its own right against Aston Villa. Like Adam, Rooney was debuting an “Intense Heat” colourway in the form of the Volt Hypervenom. The whole Intense Heat pack is meant to symbolise the intensity of this critical juncture in the season, and as such we can’t imagine a better weekend for them to have debuted.
Mario Balotelli – Puma EvoAccuracy MB45
While Mario Balotelli allegedly “withdrew himself” from Liverpool’s crunch tie against Arsenal at the weekend, delaying the imminent official debut of the new EvoAccuracy, we nonetheless caught our first glimpse of them as he trained a couple of days before. The evoAccuracy was released somewhat out of the blue a couple of weeks back and is set to be worn exclusively by Mario Balotelli. How permanent of a boot they will be in Puma’s line up is about as certain as Mario’s future at Liverpool, only time will tell.
Carlos Tevez – Nike Tiempo Legend
Shifting our gaze back to the “Intense Heat” pack, over in Italy the ever present Carlos Tevez was the main man wearing the new Tiempo Legend colourway. Tevez and Juventus have been immense all season and, as a result, the Argentinian has quickly become one of Nike’s main men.
Vincent Kompany – Warrior Skreamer Pro
A bit of a strange one from last week’s international action. Despite being at the forefront of New Balance’s future plans, Vincent Kompany switched out of the mysterious NB protoype and into his old Warrior Skreamer Pro for international duty with Belgium. We can’t for our life figure out why Kompany would switch out of the NB boots – perhaps he just forgot them in Manchester?
Mauricio Pinilla – Umbro Velocita
While a majority of players were flaunting their new Nike boots, Atalanta’s Chilean striker Mauricio Pinilla was (by our reckoning) a lone wolf representing Umbro and its latest Velocita colourway. Released alongside four other new colourways, this new Velocita is seemingly yet another indication of Umbro’s attempt to break back into the mainstream of football boots.
Eden Hazard – Nike Mercurial
Debuting the last of Nike’s “Intense Heat” colourways was the indomitable Eden Hazard. The Chelsea man has continued his growth into one of the world’s best this season and in turn has become a huge asset for Nike. Interestingly enough, Nike’s other big Mercurial man in the Premier League, Alexis Sanchez, stuck with the ‘old’ Highlight Pack colourway during his side’s big win over Liverpool.
Gregory Van Der Wiel – Nike Mercurial Superfly
Each week we like ending our boot spottings with something a little bit different and Gregory Van Der Wiel has provided us with exactly that. The Dutchman had, up until now, been a fully fledged Nike man and had worn the Tiempo line. This weekend however, Van Der Wiel debuted a super sleek blacked out pair of the Mercurial Superfly that features a segment of dark red on the laces and dynamic fit collar. We love it.