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The Nike Football App enables you to challenge others from the palm of your hand to the pitch with your feet.

This video, which quite frankly is utterly sublime shows how you can do that. Though, this is set in Mexico City and looks the bees. Players clad in the new MercurialX too, which I might add, is another beautiful addition to the X family from Nike.

 

So good.

The curtain call on this seasons European football is imminent and a whole bunch of finale’s are on the horizon. Champions League, FA Cup, Europa League, The Premier League, Football League, La Liga, Serie A and so many more up and down the land will reach their conclusion.

Winners will be championed and losers will lamented. The most intense part of the season is upon us.

It’s only fitting that Nike release their ‘Intense Heat Pack’, matching those pressures with warm hues and striking colourways that symbolise the intensity and high pressure of this critical juncture in the season.

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All four of the bright uppers are united by the same color-shifting Swoosh. The lenticular effect on the Swoosh creates depth and variance in its color, which will appear prominently purple on the pitch. The cool tones of the Swoosh offset the warm shades of the upper for a stunning contrast in this colorful pack.

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Introdcing the Bright Crimson Mercurial Superfly // Total Orange Magista // Laser Orange Tiempo and the Volt Hypervenom. Unreal.

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Damn hot boots.

Professional players will begin wearing the new colorways this week and the boots will be available on nike.com March 27.

Thanks goes out to one like-minded gent and appreciator of the creative side of the game – Eric Beard for introducing Kendall and myself.

Kendall is a designer based out in the US who was fortunate enough to work with Nike, producing a series of Newspaper headline inspired prints that were used as part of the back drop for a Nike product shoot.

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Showcasing the limited edition Neymar JR Golden Hypervenom that he wore in the latter stages of the World Cup, each print uses elements of the Brazilian national team – charting the career path that Neymar has been on.

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Beautifully done, I’ve got so much time for these. If the boots were not beautiful enough, then the associating art work tips it to another level. See more of Kendall’s work here.

He’s been a much talked after, wonderkid and is now Real Madrid player – Martin Ødegaard has jumped to the fore as Nike launches its first ever home and away kits for the Norwegian National Football Team – equipped with a unique national crest that celebrates national pride, both are tasty additions to the international scene.

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Honoring Norway’s footballing heritage while incorporating the latest in technical innovation for maximum performance – The Norwegian side will debut their new away kit on-pitch against Croatia on March 28.

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The new Norway kits are designed with the athlete in mind, offering zero distractions from elite performance. They feature a new, specially designed national crest symbolizing the team’s distinctive ability to rally the collective spirit of the country.

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The home shirt is in Norway’s traditional red, with a gradient dark blue sash on the front panel. The full home kit includes white shorts and blue socks to create a timeless, crisp look.

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“The kits feel great, look modern and yet are very classic designs,” said Martin Ødegaard, Norway’s youngest-ever senior international. “I wear Norway’s colors with great pride and I look forward to getting onto the pitch in the new kits.”

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The away kit is white with a V-neck collar, and the lightweight fabric features a subtle checkered pattern. The white away shorts and socks complete the kit’s clean aesthetic.

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Nike Dri-FIT technology and engineered mesh material construction help players stay dry and cool on the pitch, increasing breathability and air flow where athletes need it most to help them perform at the highest level.

“The new Norwegian national team kits combine Nike’s design and innovation expertise and our ambition for football in this country,” said Kjetil Siem, Football Association of Norway General Secretary. “This is the first kit that carries the new crest that represents pride, solidarity and strength – common values we share as a football family and as a nation as we look to the future.”

The new Norway home and away kits are available in stores from March 21.

Harry Kane gets his first call up and England announce their squads to play v Lithuania and Italy in upcoming fixtures.

Great to see how The FA and England are pitching the ties – nice bit of artwork to boot!



Here’s the full squad:

Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster (Southampton), Joe Hart (Manchester City)

Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton), Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur)

Midfielders: Ross Barkley (Everton), Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Fabian Delph (Aston Villa), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), James Milner (Manchester City), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur), Theo Walcott (Arsenal)

Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal)

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In the second of our defining play by style features, the next instalment comes from the ferociously cool Portugal National Football Team.
Unveiling their fresh away kit for 2015/16, they’ll be taking the pitch in a new away kit adorned with national symbols and colors inspired by the team’s playing style. The team is renowned for their trickery and skill, attitude and flair.

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The kit marks a return to a predominantly black, bold design. The shirt features a unique new chest band: a speed graphic consisting of electric green and vivid red light ray flashes, reflecting the team’s fast-paced style of football.

The green and red flashes draw inspiration from the Portuguese national flag and give the effect of having been painted on the black canvas of the away shirt. The two colors move in different directions, the red from the right and the green from the left.

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The rest of the away shirt is black, a popular color previously worn by Portugal, with a new Nike-specific streamlined, clean and modern V–neck collar in black with a red ribbed band at the back.

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Inside the back of the neck, a pennant tab features an armillary sphere, an ancient navigational device, to represent Portugal’s seafaring history. Celebrated Portuguese explorers used armillary spheres to travel around the globe. The tool has been a national symbol for more than 500 years and rests behind the Portuguese shield on the national flag.

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The old typefaces used on traditional Portuguese signage inspired the creation of a unique font for the names and numbers on the back of Portugal’s new away shirt. The numbers and letters are both modern and Art Deco in style, possessing a distinct fluidity and sense of movement.

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The away shorts are black, while the away socks are also black with a wide tonal stripe of chevrons on the calf.

While the new kit features Nike’s signature style and passion, it has also been designed to offer players the very latest in performance innovation, kit technology and environmental sustainability.

The new away kit will be available in stores and at nike.com starting March 21.