Puma have unveiled Uruguay’s home shirt for the upcoming Confederations Cup hosted by Brazil and to be held in the summer of 2013. The design of the shirt pays tribute to the legendary Uruguay side that won gold at the 1924 Olympic games in Paris, which at the time was the pinnacle of international football.
The shirt certainly looks unique with the striking optical lacing featured on the neck. Puma as always produce high quality products and this is no different as it includes enhanced moisture management through materials which provides a superior level of comfort and performance. The new kit remains in the classic colours of light blue and white to match the Uruguayan flag, with additional details being the embroidered AUF crest on the right hand side of the chest and PUMA branding on the opposite side of the chest as well as the cuffs.
The replica version of the shirt is environmentally friendly and is made from 100% recycled polyester, which is a new technical achievement and represents a further step in the brands sustainability strategy.
Read More about the 2013 Uruguay Kit after the break!
I personally prefer heritage styled football boots, but they are getting harder and harder to find. You only have to look at the new Puma King (one of the most iconic boots ever made) being launched in bright yellow as an example of how the industry is changing.
I am your average amateur football player, usually deployed as a defensive midfielder or at right back. I don’t stand out on the football pitch due to the role that i play therefore I don’t like to stand out with my choice of footwear. There are no tricks or flicks in my game and if I was to wear a pair of fireberry mercurials I would look ridiculous.
This is all about preference, and the wide range of colours and styles available is certainly a good thing. I just hope there is always room on the shelves for black, no nonsense boots for conservative players like myself. I will now go on to list my 5 favourites currently on the market, remember this is based purely on looks and style and not performance. I will also try and stick to current and available boots.
#5: Warrior Skreamer K-Lite (Black/Spicy Orange)
Coming in at number 5 is the Warrior Skreamer K-lite in black/spicy orange. These are a great looking boot, and look even better in person, the spicy orange really stands out and the design of the blades, which makes them look like claws, is pretty cool. Most of Warriors high profile players seem to be wearing the k-lite’s but disguised in the hideous s-lite launch colour way. Warrior are wanting to stand out and draw attention but surely these would attract more players in my opinion.
See what other boots made the list after the break!(more…)
Puma and the Italian national team have unveiled their latest home shirt that is to be worn at the 2013 Confederations Cup in Brasil. With the slogan “Bred in Italy and Made for Brasil” the kit has been specially designed to cope with the heat in Brasil. The shirt has a more modern design than past kits and features flourecent blue piping and also “tricolore” cuffs in the colour of the national flag.
The shirt is made from 100% recycled polyester and Cocona (activated carbon made from coconut shells). The materials used helps with moisture management and make the shirt breathable in hot conditions. Gli Azzurri are certainly hoping for success as the design of the neck and sleeves are to allow natural movements of the arms to help embrace teammates and lift trophies alike.Puma and Italy have been working together since 2003 and this is another stylish design, so props to Puma and Italy.
I especially like the green and red trim on the sleeves and the fluorescent blue piping. My only gripe is the low cut v-neck, I liked the collar on the previous shirt, but that is just personal preference, all in all it is another very nice kit from Puma. The replica shirt will be available from April 1st 2013 and is made from 100% recycled polyester.
Being an amateur football player in Scotland means playing in some pretty tough conditions, and also against some tough players. This article is going to cover which football boots I choose to play in, how to care for your boots, the state of Scottish football and also the most popular choices amongst players.
Scottish football is at an all time low, the national team haven’t qualified for a major tournament since 1998, one of the two biggest clubs in the country (Glasgow Rangers) were liquidated, formed as a new company and are now playing in the bottom division, and the general quality of football from professional right through to amateur is at a very poor level. What doesn’t help the game here is that during the summer all of the goals are taken down at local parks, forcing kids and adults alike to play through the winter in some horrendous conditions. The high winds and boggy pitches force teams to play the long ball game which is having a detrimental effect on the quality of football.
Due to the diverse conditions we play in it is definitely advisable to invest in both firm ground and soft ground boots. Heavy rain causes the pitches to get extremely soft and on the other side of the scale the freezing conditions can cause the grass to be very hard. Traction is very important in football, and choosing the right footwear is vital. This season the two pairs of boots I currently play in are Umbro Speciali 3 pro HG, and Puma King pro SG.
Read more about what players are wearing in Scotland and how Kevin keeps them looking good after the break!
Sometimes I feel more at comfortable in a jersey than I do anything else. Having said that I have enough jerseys so that I can wear a different one for each day of the week and still have some left over. Whenever I get a chance to snag a new jersey for a bargain I take it. As it happens I’ve found that I enjoy some of $20-$40 jerseys as much as my very few $80 ones. However not every jersey is created equal and some designs and materials are better. Here are my top 5 jerseys for under $40.
#5: Diadora Rigore
Starting off classy with the Diadora Rigore. As with most jerseys that aren’t for a big club, it is a simple design. The reason why this jersey made the list is simply because I like the collar. It adds some pop to the jersey, and I feel like I could get away with sporting it when out and about with friends. Tech wise Diadora implement their Diadry moisture management system.
As we are approaching indoor season where there will be more games on turf and court I’ve gone out and gotten two pairs of boots to test out for turf specific play. I know a lot of players opt for their firm ground cleats when playing on turf but the risk of injury is much higher for those who choose to do so. Companies have been getting better at including artificial grass or turf models when they come out with new boots so there are plenty of options out there.
I present to you the Nike Bomba Pro in the Jetstream/Black/Challenge Red colorway and the Puma Liga Finale i HG in the White/Black/Gold colorway. Both are mid-tier boots that are very reasonably priced and feature leather uppers. That is pretty much where the similarities end. I already know what to expect from both boots having already reviewed the top-tier Nike Bomba Finaleand the FG version of the Puma Liga Finale i.
Both Boots are available for purchase on Wegotsoccer.com, the Bomba Pro for $49.99 and the Puma Liga Finale i for $40.00
Read about how both boots compare to their counterparts (Pro to Finale and HG Liga to FG Liga) as well as first impression after the break!
We mentioned last week that there was a chance to meet Thierry Henry in New York last weekend and get up close and personal with the new Puma evoSPEED. The event turned out to be a real success, with plenty of people showing up to check out the presentation of the new boots. Below are some images from the event!
PUMA is touring an oversized soccer boot and running shoe from the brand’s new evoSPEED Collection across the country in celebration of its launch.
For the tour’s kickoff in New York’s Meatpacking District (Gansevoort Plaza, 9th Avenue and Gansevoort Street), PUMA has invited soccer icon and local player Thierry Henry and Olympic hopeful, steeplechaser Delilah DiCrescenzo to take part in the festivities. Henry, who’ll be wearing PUMA’s King boot in a coordinating red, white, and blue colorway this summer, will be signing autographs and checking out the skills of local players on PUMA’s mini pop-up soccer pitch.
Puma are offering a pretty sweet deal as we head into the holiday season – an exclusive 40% off Friends and Family sale! The deal runs from Dec 2nd through 5th and allows fans a chance to take an additional 40% off any purchase – it is that simple! To get the offer, simply add promo code PUMADEC40 at checkout.
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