You never know what you’re going to get with an international break but thankfully this week’s was packed full of goals and great football. Here are the goalscorers and the cleats that caught our attention.
Didier Drogba (Montreal Impact) – Nike Mercurial Vapor X
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) September 6, 2015
Different shade of blue, same old Didier Drogba. Montreal’s big name signing got off to a blistering start with his new club, scoring a hat trick during the 4-3 win over DC United. Drogba joined Montreal in July after his second stint at Chelsea and has already bagged an MLS record, becoming the first play to score a hat trick within his opening two matches. As we’ve come to expect from Drogba, the Ivorian was in the Mercurial Vapor X, specifically the Silver Storm edition released back in June.
Wayne Rooney (England) – Nike Hypervenom Phantom
Wayne Rooney’s penalty against San Marino on Saturday was his 49th goal for the Three Lions and brought him joint top of England’s all time top scorer list. Rooney looks almost certain to surpass Bobby Charlton in the near future and in doing so will cement his position as one of England’s all time greats. Though Rooney is no longer the face of the Hypervenom Phantom (that title now belongs to Neymar), one imagines that Nike will bring out something special to mark his record breaking achievement as and when it happens.
Robert Lewandowski (Poland) – Nike Hypervenom Phanton
— FS1 (@FS1) September 4, 2015
Robert Lewandowski’s well taken goal was significant on a personal level, cementing his position as the top scorer in European Championship Qualifying, but wasn’t enough to prevent Germany overcoming Poland 3-1. Lewandowski is sitting at the top of the goal scoring charts with 7 goals, closely pursued by Gareth Bale, Danny Welbeck and Edin Dzeko on 6. Lewandowski was wearing the bright orange Hypervenom Phantom released back in July.
Hulk (Brazil) – Mizuno Morelia Neo
With World Cup Qualification just around the corner, Brazil will be delighted with Hulk’s goalscoring return. It was Hulk’s first start for Selecao since his lacklustre World Cup performance and it took him only ten minutes to make his mark. On his feet were the sharp orange/black Mizuno Morelia Neo, released in July for the 2015/16 season. Hulk, his Morelia Neo’s and the Brazil team face the United States on Tuesday.
Eden Hazard (Belgium) – Nike Mercurial Vapor X
That’s Eden Hazard’s 10th goal at international level. Relief for Belgium and now Wales are made to wait. pic.twitter.com/kAYnh2F0o0
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) September 6, 2015
Eden Hazard scored a crucial winning goal for Belgium against Cyprus but was heavily criticised by his manager who labelled him as the worst player on the pitch. The win was a major one for Belgium who remain within touching distance of Wales who were denied qualification as a result. Hazard was in trademark Nike Mercurial Vapor X, the boot with which he has become synonymous with.
One to watch…
Memphis Depay (Netherlands) – Under Armour Speedform
— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) September 7, 2015
It’s been nothing short of a disastrous qualifying campaign for the Dutch who now head to Kazakhstan on September 10th knowing that qualification is completely out of their hands. Winning against the Kazakhs will, however, do Netherlands a world of good and Memphis Depay will be hoping to contribute towards that. Amidst an otherwise depressing 3-0 defeat against Turkey, Depay and his patriotic gold/orange Under Armour Speedforms seems to be about all the Dutch have to smile about right now.
That’s all for this week. Let us know if you spot any great goals and cleats in the comments section below.