The weekend gave us another round of top football from the Confederations Cup, where both the Brazilian hosts and the reigning Europe- and World Champions from Spain were in action. We have, as always, been on the lookout to check out which boots the stars brought out over the weekend, and we are seeing a general tendency to put on the nice summery colours. Come along and check it all out.
Abel Hernandez (Uruguay) Nike Mercurial Vapor IX Volt/Black - Bright Citrus There is nothing more beautiful in football than goals, and it is also hard to find anything that promotes a boot better. So we are guessing that Nike are well satisfied with Abel Hernandez as he found the back of the net no less than four times when Uruguay beat Tahiti 8-0, wearing his Nike Mercurial Vapor IX in the fresh Volt/Black - Bright Citrus colourway, which we think suits the season perfect.
Fernando Torres (Spain) Adidas Predator LZ Ray Green/Electricity/Black Fernando Torres didn't manage to show much colour while he was on contract with Nike, and whether is was summer or winter and if the temperature was 5 or 25 degrees Celsius, he would always be wearing white boots. He now seems to look at things differently, and as he scored the 2-0 goal against Nigeria he was wearing the very colourful Adidas Predator LZ in the Ray Green/Electricity/Black colourway. Torres has already promoted the Preadator quite well, and he will once again have the opportunity do do the same as Spain take on Italy in the semi finals.
Mario Balotelli (Italy) Nike CTR 360 Maestri III Current Blue/Black/Volt
This specific Italian footballer is always able to put himself in the spotlight, and he also managed to do so as Italy lost 4-2 against Brazil. Super Mario showed off with a cheeky heel pass, which went on to help deliver a goal, and he did so wearing a Nike CTR360 Maestri III. Balotelli was actually announced as a Hypervenom player, but the AC Milan star seems to feel more comfortable in his Maestri III.
Neymar Jr. (Brazil) Nike Hypervenom Black/Bright Citrus
Brazilian Neymar, on the other hand, seems to be more than comfortable with his new Nike Hypervenom. The newly crowned Barcelona star displays fine confidence, and he also managed to produce a wonder of a free-kick, that we still haven't gotten tired of watching over again. Neymar has, during this years Confederations Cup, proved that he can score under all sorts of different conditions, and we can only as: is there anything this Brazilian cannot do with a football? We don't see it.
Ian Wright (Arsenal Legends) Adidas Predator Mania Red/Black/White
While Brazilian Neymar is on everybody's lips these days, so was the English Arsenal striker Ian Wright back in the 90's. The speedy and dangerous striker is a legend in Arsenal, and over the weekend he had once again found his football boots and brought them out in connection with a charity game, where he wore the very classic and iconic Adidas Predator Mania. One may ask if Ian Wright has ever changed his boots since he stopped his active career. Anyway, it is not hard to get all nostalgic when seeing this.
Dante (Brazil) Puma King SL White/Red
Brazilian Dante has truly managed to put his name out there during this season. With Bayern he has been rocksolid in the central defense, and can take great credit for the success of his club. Bit the strong central defender can more than defend, which he proved in the game against Italy where he opened the party with a goal while wearing his white and red Puma King.
Fred (Brazil) - Adidas F50 Adizero Infrared/Black/Running White If the Confederations Cup is just a taste of what is to come next year, when it is time for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, then we are in for a treat, especially if you are rooting for the hosts. The Brazilian football engine is in full swing and an important part of the machinery is Fred, who proved his worth, when he ensured Brazilian victory against Italy, with two ice cool finishes. He did so in the sweet Adidas F50 Adizero Infrared/Black/Running White, which he has enjoyed great success in, since changing from a blackouted Mizuno.
Julio Cesar (Brazil) - Nike Maestri III Current Blue/Black-Volt The Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar has also previously performed in a blackouted Mizuno and the QPR keeper was all smiles in the weekends game against Italy, while wearing the Nike CTR360 Maestri III Current Blue/Black-Volt. Whether the smile was because of the Brazilian victory, or the new boot, is unknown, but a combination could be the answer.
John Obi Mikel (Nigeria) Nike Maestri III Current Blue/Black-Volt Chelsea's John Obi Mikel was also in the Nike CTR360 Maestri III Current Blue/Black-Volt, which split opinions, when the colourway was unveiled. But after this Confederation Cup we are convinced, the boot is sharp as a tack and has been a pleasure to follow around Brazil. For John Obi Mikel the boot unfortunately couldn't help him to victory against the reigning European- and World Champions from Spain.
Andrés Iniesta (Spain) Nike CTR360 Maestri III Current Blue/Black-Volt The Spanish midfield profile has been a big part of the inspiration leading to the development of this control boot and it is therefore quite funny that Andrés Iniesta has had a pair of CTR360 specially made, with the stud-configuration from the Nike Tiempo Legend IV. This leads us to think that the tricky little Spaniard is more comfortable in slightly larger studs and judging from his play, this seems to be a wise decision.
Manuel Neur (Bayern Munich) Adidas Nitrocharge 1.0 Blue Beauty/Running White/Electricity The German national goalkeeper is used to being one of the big boys on the football pitch, standing 193 cm, but in this weekends friendly he was thoroughly outmatched by basketball player, Dirk Nowitzki, who can boast no less than 213 cm. What boot Dirk is wearing is hard to spot, but one thing is for sure we are talking around a European size 50 at least. Manuel Neur was instead wearing a more modest sized Adidas Nitrocharge 1.0, which the German seems pleased with.
Roberto Soldado (Spain) Adidas F50 Adizero Infrared/Black/Running White The red hot Valencia striker Roberto Soldado made a rare start for the national team, as Spain beat Nigeria. He played a more direct striker role for Spain, who are trying to switch back to this, since adopting the fake 9-role, which has previously led them to great success. Soldado could have and should have scored with his Adidas F50 Adizero Infrared/Black/Running White, but still managed to leave a good impression when leaving the pitch.
It was a weekend full of goals, with plenty of good football at the Confederations Cup, as well as load of cool boots in action too. What did you think of this weekends boot spots? Is there something you have spotted, which we are missing? As always we would love to hear your thoughts in the comment-section below, or on Facebook and Twitter.