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In this week’s episode three-time UEFA Champions League winner Leo Messi believes that his team’s attacking line-up will give them the firepower for another successful campaign in the competition.

 

In an exclusive behind-the-scenes interview for adidas Gamedayplus, the adidas Champions League show, Messi talks about playing in the UEFA Champions League with and against the best players in the world, his childhood in Rosario, Argentina, and scoring five goals in a UEFA Champions League match.

The latest episode of adidas Gamedayplus also gets up close with Chelsea’s Andre Schürrle, who talks about the influence of friend and former team-mate Michael Ballack, also once of Chelsea, and gives fans the chance to win a pair of signed boots through adidas Gamedayplus.

As well as that, the stunning Yohji Yamamoto adizero f50 & Real Madrid third kit will be worn on pitch tomorrow during the Ludogrets vs Real Madrid UCL game.

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If you’re not familiar with Gamedayplus – It is a YouTube show available on the Monday of every UEFA Champions League week, featuring exclusive interviews, behind-the-scenes access and the biggest names in European football. It’s a pretty good round up – always beautifully shot and one for all lovers of the game. Gotta love a Champions League week!

Subscribe to the adidas YouTube channel to ensure you don’t miss out.

So as you may well be aware, the NFL returned to London this weekend.

In celebration of the event, Nike launched ‘Suit up for Sunday’ – a short film that went behind the scenes with Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden and the Everton & US record-breaking goalkeeper Tim Howard.

The film reveals the intense dedication that McFadden and Howard invest in their physical training and mental preparation to perform at the highest-level of their respective sports, as well as the steps they take every day to make that a reality. Ultimately, the hours they put in off the field help make them world-class athletes on the field.

McFadden, who will take on the Miami Dolphins at Wembley Stadium this Sunday said: “When it comes to training for football, you’re only going to get out of it what you put in it, so you have to put 110% effort in every time you’re out there.”

Howard adds: “When you’re winning and you play well you feel like a king, you’re on top of the world – even if it just lasts for a day. You have to live it, you have to eat right, you have to sleep right, you have to look after yourself and, of course, when you get on the field or in the gym you have to push yourself to the limits.”

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Tim Howard Football Meets Football - Nike.

Tim Howard Football Meets Football - Nike.

Tim Howard Football Meets Football - Nike.

Beautifully shot – photographic genius. Tim Howard is arguably the coolest player in the Premier League (in our opinion – that beard.)

Both athletes were followed in the gym, through their locker rooms and on the training ground. As much as training is about physical strength, when it comes to optimum performance, the mental preparations are just as important.

“In the game, you’re at the rest of the team’s mercy. There are no excuses in the gym, so if I fail, it’s up to me” said Howard.

“It’s those last few reps where you get stronger, that’s where you win. The first couple are easy – they look good. It’s the last few that you have to mentally push yourself through, to get through a season, to get through a game, to get through a tough period in a game you have to be mentally strong.”

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Tim Howard Football Meets Football - Nike.

Pretty awesomely done isn’t it?

‘Courage is a word that should hang above your bed if you want to be a professional footballer’ – those are tremendous words of one Bill Shankly.

This collection of quotations from legendary players, managers and trainers paints an inspirational portrait of the highs and lows of the beautiful game.

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It’s a perfect book to dip in and out of – always on the hunt for inspiration, you’ve only got to open a random page to enjoy a marvellously inspiring comment from one of footballs biggest names.

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Rory Callan is the author of several football books, including biographies of Steven Gerrard, Rio Ferdinand, Wayne Rooney and Theo Walcott. He’s done a tremendous job with this book, the words are beautiful along with the pages.

A must for a design loving football fan.

Enjoy it and get yours here.

To celebrate the recent launch of the adidas Predator Instinct boot, football legend (and god of cool) Zinedine Zidane has appeared in a video which shows the exact moment when “Instinct Takes Over” for one of the greatest players of all time. This is a must watch:

 

The design patterns of the Predator Instinct range are inspired by the predatory animals that use their instinct to hunt. The new boot enables players to unlock their predatory potential, and the visual representation of this can be seen on film as Zidane’s face and body morph to expose a side of the player that has never been seen before.

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The film was captured recently as Zidane hosted a football tournament in his native France. The tournament, staged in the historical Arles Roman Amphitheatre located in the south of the country, required players to show their true Predator skills and use their anticipation, touch and vision to control the game.

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On the amphitheatre’s sandy surface, the best teams from around the country competed against each other – with Zizou also joining in with the matches themselves. The tournament marked the first time football has ever been played in the UNESCO World Heritage site.

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The latest incarnation of the iconic Predator football boot has been timed to coincide with the 20th anniversary of its original release. The Predator, made famous by players including David Beckham and Zinedine Zidane, has been re-imagined in a design that celebrates the heritage of the boot alongside the animalistic instincts of the players that wear it. The ‘Predator Instinct’ boot launches the range with a return to the classic red, white and black colourway.

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The new technological features of Predator Instinct mean the boot remains all about control. The biggest innovation comes in the form of a revolutionary control frame, which extends around the boot and down onto the forefoot, ensuring ultimate levels of grip, touch and control of the ball – ideal for quick dribbling and change of direction. Precision engineered materials including a new gel pad and hybridtouch material provide optimum control and comfort, while the new TPU outsole ensures greater flexibility of movement.

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In its 20th anniversary year and to celebrate the previous 14 generations of Predator, adidas is releasing 14 new versions of the Predator Instinct during 2014. This includes Revenge Instinct, a heritage set of three Predators based on the original designs of the 1994 Predator, the 1998 Accelerator and the 2002 Mania.

You can also see how Pro Direct Soccer celebrated the anniversary with adidas, with this rather splendid imagery.

You can get your hands on a pair of adidas Predator Instinct boots here. Little tip too, sign up to their newsletter and you’ll get 15% off your first order. Worth doing plus your inbox will look that little nicer along with the bank balance.