Yet another international break brought with it the usual concoction of goals, upsets and general excitement. Here’s the best of what we spotted this week.
Paul Aguilar (Mexico) – Nike Mercurial Superfly
— Univision Deportes (@UnivisionSports) octubre 11, 2015
All eyes in North/Central America were on the hotly anticipated clash between the United States and Mexico on Saturday night. Fighting for a berth in the 2017 Confederations Cup, it was Mexico who came out the winners thanks to a 118 minute goal from Paul Aguilar. Aguilar, wearing the recently released Electro Flare Mercurial Superfly, capitalised on an iffy US clearance to score a well-taken volley. Mexico’s win capped off an already great day for them, having qualified for the 2016 Olympics earlier in the day. Gareth Bale (Wales) – adidas X15
— FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) October 11, 2015
Wales reached their first major tournament since 1958 on Saturday, despite losing 2-0 to Bosnia and Herzegovina. Though Bale failed to get off the mark during Saturday’s match, the Real Madrid man has nonetheless been hugely influential for Wales, scoring 6 in 9 qualifiers. Dubbing the match as “the best defeat of his life”, Bale interestingly opted for the regular adidas X15 over the recently released X15+ Primeknit.
Santi Cazorla (Spain) – Puma evoSPEED SL
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) October 9, 2015
Spain ensured that they’d be able to challenge for an unprecedented third European Championships by securing qualification with a 4-0 win over Luxembourg. Though not the most surprising of results, key to Spain’s win was Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla who scored two of Spain’s four. Cazorla was in the Puma evoSPEED SL Electric Blue that was released just last week. Coming in at 103 grams, the evoSPEED SL is one of the strangest boots that we’ve seen released in a while, namely because Puma have designed the boot expecting it to last for up to ten games. Bizarre, but then again they worked for Cazorla. Raheem Sterling – Nike Mercurial Vapor
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) October 9, 2015
Serial under performers England maintained their 100% record in European Qualification with a comfortable 2-0 win over Estonia. On a night where the future of English football shined, it was no surprise that Raheem Sterling had a role to play, scoring the second of England’s goals in the 85th minute. Wearing the Electro Flare Mercurial Vapor, Sterling scored what was essentially a tap in after Jamie Vardy played him through on goal. England play Lithuania tonight in their final game.
Robert Lewandowski (Poland) – Nike Hypervenom Phantom
— Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) October 8, 2015
Make that 15 goals in six games. Robert Lewandowski scored the second in Poland’s 2-1 win over Ireland, a win that secured qualification for the Poles. The goal was also significant in that it brought Lewandowski’s tally up to 15 goals in six games – a ridiculous and somewhat unprecedented record. Emphasizing his standing as probably the best striker around right now based on form, Lewandowski was wearing his custom Nike Hypervenom Phantom II. Designed based off of Lewandowski’s fighting spirit, its a fitting tribute to a great player. Stephan El Shaarawy – Nike Mercurial Superfly
— Stephan El Shaarawy (@OfficialEl92) October 11, 2015
Way more impressive than England’s unbeaten streak in qualification is Italy unprecedented 49 consecutive games without a loss. Italy made in 49 with a 3-1 win over Azerbaijan, securing qualification for the Euros in the process. It’s a record that stretches back to 2006, when Italy were beaten 3-1 by France during qualification for the 2008 Euros. Monaco’s Stephan El Shaarawy scored Italy’s second goal, though interestingly he was in an old Mercurial Superfly released as part of the Intense Heat Pack.
Make sure to make your way back next week to see what the top players wear around the world!