A thrilling weekend of domestic action followed last week’s equally entertaining European fixtures. Here’s the best of what we spotted:
Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) – Nike Hypervenom Phantom II
— Premier League (@premierleague) September 19, 2015
Bournemouth’s Matt Ritchie scored a very, very strong (albeit early) contender for goal of the season with an absolutely insane volley from outside the box. Ritchie’s goal was Bournemouth’s second during their win over Sunderland, leaving the Black Cats rooted at the bottom of the Premier League table. As will become something of a pattern this week, Ritchie was in the Nike Hypervenom Phantom II – a perfect choice considering the goal.
Francesco Totti (AS Roma) – Nike Tiempo Legend V
Francesco Totti added another achievement to his already illustrious career with his 300th career goal for AS Roma. The 38 year-old has played more than 800 games for the club and is, by all definition, a legend. Despite Nike officially getting rid of the once iconic fold over tongue on the Tiempo a while ago, Totti has refused the change, instead wearing customised versions of the boot with the tongue included ever since. Nike acknowledged this last season by including a fold-over tongue in the Tiempo Legend V Premium – Totti’s signature boot.
Andreas Ivanschitz (Seattle Sounders) – adidas ACE15
— Seattle Sounders FC (@SoundersFC) September 20, 2015
Who exactly calls him the “Austrian David Beckham” we’re not too sure, but Andreas Ivanschitz showed his quality during Seattle’s Cascadia Cup victory over Vancouver. The 3-0 win secured Seattle the trophy for the first time since 2011 and, in the wider scheme of things, put pressure on those above them in the Western Conference. Ivanschitz was in the adidas ACE15 for the match the boot that, fitting with the nickname, we imagine David Beckham would have been wearing had he still been playing.
Fernando Torres (Atletico Madrid) – adidas X15
— Atleti English (@atletienglish) September 19, 2015
Fernando Torres seems to have settled nicely at Atletico and has started this season strong with two goals. Torres scored his well-taken second during Atleti’s win over Eibar. Unlike the vast majority of X15 players, Torres is one of a select few who has been wearing the solar blue colorway that was released back in July. It’s been a while since we’ve seen a major new colourway for either of adidas’ boots (at least one worn by their stars), but we have a feeling that the next couple of weeks could see an end to that.
Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) – Nike Hypervenom Phantom II
Riyad Mahrez retained his spot at the top of the Premier League goal scoring charts with a crucial goal in Leicester’s 2-2 fight back against Stoke. Mahrez has scored five goals this season alone and an equally impressive seven goals and three assists in his last nine Premier League appearances. Like Matt Ritchie, Mahrez is a Hypervenom Phantom man and was wearing the release colourway for the occasion. On a side note, it’s interesting to see that most Hypervenom players have stuck to the release colourway over the more recent Lightning Storm edition.
Memphis Depay (Manchester United) – Under Armour Speedform
Memphis Depay has now scored 3 goals in 3 Champions League games for Man Utd. It had to be him. pic.twitter.com/jXHIdCKflD
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) September 15, 2015
Memphis Depay may have had a less than ideal return to PSV, but United’s new number 7 did score a goal on his return to Eindhoven. Also of note was Depay’s boots. After having worn a black and white version of the Under Armour Speedform last week against Liverpool, Depay finally switched into the boots new camouflage colourway. Released a couple of weeks back, its a bold new colourway that’ll make Depay stand out even more on pitch.