In the midweek, we were treated to a platter of excellent international fixtures, and we have taken a close look at the biggest games. International games are always a good opportunity for the big stars to try out some new boots, and this also looked to be the case here.
Elliot Marvin (Jamaica) Adidas Predator LZ Black/Green We are not shy to show our adoration for blackouted colourways, and when Adidas launched this Predator LZ, it was met with great enthusiasm from us. It also seems to have caught the attention of Elliot Marvin, who has probably been out and bought a pair himself. The blackouted Predator LZ has also been spotted at the feet of Jonjo Shelvey from Liverpool, and it doesn't seem to matter who wears it, it still looks amazing.
Aristide Bance (Burkina Faso) and Isaac Vorsah (Ghana) Puma v1.11 Turquoise/Lime Africa Cup of Nations is drawing to an end and from a boot spotters point of view this is a great shame. We had a good look at these two gentlemen, who come from completely different African countries, but this hasn't stopped them from matching their hairdos and squad number. Maybe they were twins separated at birth? You never know. On top of that Isaac Vorsah also deserves plaudits for his choice of boots, with the Puma v1.11 Turquoise/Lime, that really jumps at you.
Craig Bellamy (Wales) Warrior Sports Skreamer Pro S-lite Whiteout The former Liverpool, Celtic, Manchester City, West Ham, Cardiff, Blackburn, Newcastle never mind he's been everywhere! He marked himself as the first signing for the new American brand Warrior Sports, but it does not look like the partnership has been smooth sailing. It took a couple of weeks, before the Welshman switched out of his Adidas F50 Adizero, and now it would seem he has got some beef with the colourway, as he has whiteouted his Skreamer Pro S-lite Blue/Orange.
Giorgios Karagounis (Greece) Nike CTR360 Maestri III ACC White/Volt/Court Green Fulhams summer acquisition has, in the first half of the season, built a reputation for delivering good boot spots, and now he is at it again. He has worked his way through Adidas Predator LZ, Nike Mercurial Vapor VIII and Nike GS2, but now it seems, that the choice has fallen on the Nike CTR360 Maestri III ACC White/Volt/Court Green, that if anything probably fits his role in the middle of midfield best.
Mladen Petric (Croatia) Adidas Predator LZ MiAdidas White/Black The latest member of the Predator-family has come out in what seems like an endless number of colourways, and if you are looking for the more classic black/white look, you would struggle to find an LZ that fits the bill, maybe bar the Black/Gold/White. You could also do what Mladen Petric has done, and take things into your own hands, and design a personal pair on MiAdidas. The result is a pair of Adidas Predator LZ White/Black, and we can only applaud the decision.
Niko Kranjcar (Croatia) Adidas Adipure 11Pro SL White/Black/Gold They are not bad, when it comes to picking boots in Croatia. One of our personal favourites was shown off by the former Tottenham player Niko Kranjcar, who played in a pair of Adidas Adipure 11Pro SL White/Black/Gold. Unlike the regular 11Pro the upper is kangaroos leather and then it weighs less than the notorious 200 grams What's not to like?
Robin van Persie (Holland) Adidas F50 Adizero Yellow/Black One of the more remarkable boot changes in recent history, comes from the Dutch Premier League top goal scorer, who finally gave his Adidas Adipower Predator Slime/Blue a well earned break. Where most would be expecting a switch to the new Predator LZ, Van Persie took us all by surprise and went for a pair of Adidas F50 Adizero, and it would seem, that the Manchester United-player has a soft spot for leather. What do you think?
Ashley Cole (England) Nike Tiempo Legend IV ACC Black/Electric Green There were plenty of big games Wednesday evening, but the all eclipsing game still has to be the game between England, and Brazil at Wembley. It would be a game, that celebrated quite a couple of centurions, one of those being Ashley Cole. He played his hundredth game for the three lions, and unsurprisingly did so in his Nike Tiempo Legend IV ACC Black/Electric Green, but it was a special pair, that Nike had embroidered with 100 caps to commemorate his impressive achievement. - As a bonus piece of information, he has started in everyone of those 100 games.
Ronaldinho (Brazil) Nike Tiempo Legend IV ACC Black/Electric Green The Brazilian fan favourite also played his game number 100 for the national side, but he will probably not remember it as fondly as formerly mentioned Cole. Not only did Brazil lose the game, Ronaldinho also missed a penalty. This should however not blemish the memory of this living legend, who hopefully will be using his Nike Tiempo Legend IV ACC Black/Electric Green for years to come.
Joe Hart (England) Umbro Speciali Pro IV Pearlized White/Black/Silver The English keeper got to show off his new boots on the national scene and astonishingly he had changed out of the Geometra-collection. This means we probably have to start getting accustomed to watching Joe Hart in the Speciali-collection and to be more precise the Umbro Speciali Pro IV Pearlized White/Black/Silver. The new Geometra is yet to be given a notable début, but there's still time.
Neymar (Brazil) Nike Mercurial Vapor IX ACC Sunset/Volt/Total Crimson The Brazilian wonderkid did not seem to be getting much end product out of his efforts at Wembley and seemed somewhat shocked at the physical prowess of the English. It was still worth noting, that Neymar had changed out of the Vapor IX Fireberry/Electric Green/Red Plum and into the Sunset colourway, that was originally made for him. It is definitely a decision that will be met with much fondness from Nike and we likewise think, that it really suits him with the youthful colourway at his feet.
There was plenty of excellent spots and we also spotted Juan Mata in a pair of Predator LZ we have however not been able to dig up a photo of him. What do you say to this round of boot spots? Have we missed something? Share your comments in the box down below.