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adidas has today revealed a boot made heel to toe from their revolutionary Primeknit material. The adidas Primeknit 2.0 is the latest update of the original Primeknit boot, launched and worn on pitch last year by Luis Suarez.

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The all-new Primeknit 2.0 model brings together two key adidas innovation projects – the original Samba Primeknit boot, and the Primeknit FS (Footy Sock) prototype; which was a “concept” boot presented by adidas in 2014.

Based on the construction insights gained from the Primeknit FS, the Primeknit 2.0 comes enhanced with “compression fit” technology. An all-new compression tongue includes Lycra yarns designed to wrap around the midfoot area and create a maximum lockdown effect. The boot also features a new anatomical heel shape and design, following the natural shape of the back of the foot to provide optimum support.

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The forefoot contains a knit structure specifically designed to aid control. The control knit structure offers 3D texture that combines ultimate ball control with unrivalled manoeuvrability and traction by way of the f50 adizero outsole.

The “outer shell” of the Primeknit 2.0 comprises of a zoned knitted upper with a lightweight vacuum coated skin to protect the yarns and retain a soft surface, meaning the boot is at home in any weather, on any pitch.

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Following on from the recent release of the adizero 99g, the lightest boot of all time available for purchase, the Primeknit 2.0 is the latest product to be launched as part of the new adidas Football “Limited Collection”. Footwear items to be included in the “Limited Collection” range will be those released in super-limited quantities, which also showcase the best in adidas Football innovation and / or collaboration.

With just 10,000 pairs available globally, the boots will be the hottest property on the field of play when a selection of the world’s best players debut the boots during UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Second Leg matches later this week.

The limited edition adidas Primeknit 2.0 boot is available to purchase from Wednesday 22nd April in adidas own-retail outlets as well as specialist retailers worldwide. For further information please visit adidas.com/football or go to facebook.com/adidasfootball or follow @adidasfootball #LimitedCollection #Primeknit on twitter or instagram to join the conversation.

PUMA today introduced the latest evoPOWER 1.2 football boot with a blazing new make-over. The high risk red and sea pine coloured boot will be exclusively launched on pitch by Cesc Fàbregas, who will wear it when his team Chelsea FC have to face Manchester United this Saturday night. After the weekend, the boot will also be worn by Olivier Giroud, Mario Balotelli, Dante and many other international football players.

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The evoPOWER 1.2 with all its innovative technologies is made for power and accuracy when kicking the ball. Taking its inspiration from the movement of a barefoot, the boot provides maximum flexibility, which has an increased impact on the shooting power. The boot’s lightweight and super soft upper material stretches in a longitudinal not lateral direction allowing a freedom of movement while maintaining support. Accuracy is further improved with the GripTex print that runs across the full length of the upper, providing enhanced ball control in all weather conditions.

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Added precision is created through the lightweight AccuFoam lining that provides a clean kicking surface.

The colours of the new evoPOWER 1.2 take its inspiration from the Japanese dragon, a traditional symbol for speed, power, wisdom and agility. The sea pine heel counter features a dragon skin graphic print, whilst the white formstripe create a striking contrast on the high risk red upper.

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Speaking about the boot, Cesc Fàbregas said, “The new evoPOWER boot absolutely matches my taste, and as a Spaniard I can’t resist a red boot. It looks really striking and the heel with the dragon skin graphic gives it a special look. When I was told I will be the first player to wear it this weekend when we play Manchester United I naturally thought it was a real honour. It is an important match, and Manchester will be hard to beat as every point counts so close to the end of the season.”

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The new colourway of the evoPOWER 1.2 boot will be available in-store and on puma.com from 1 May 2015. A full colour aligned collection including training apparel and accessories, shin pads and balls will also be available to purchase from that day.

You’ll be able to get them from the good folk at Pro Direct here.

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Everyone has owned one of those knackered balls in the past. Torn up by the courts they were played on, there was usually very little left by the time you got a new one.

Equally, if you had the ball, you brought the rule. How many of us can remember the ‘not my ball mate’ follow up response when a fresh player wanted to join a game?

Naturally, there has been a technical product evolution in the world of football. Most brilliantly for us though, the relationship between football and design has been flourishing.

The stunning ‘Neo Pro’ from Umbro is testament to this.

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Made up of various panels it takes the striking pink double diamond and puts it in the prime space of cool.

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Eye catching whether static or spinning, this ball is beautiful from whatever angle you look at it.

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Putting design along side performance, its aesthetics are as impressive. On the pitch, on court or in your studio – it is football appreciated.

In the words of the brand:

A unique 14-panel design offers a clean strike zone and true, natural flight, with the Hexadimple outer casing designed in conjunction with Teijin offers superb elasticity and a softer touch.

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Often the last element to be looked at, it is the heart of the game – we can look at a thousand different boots but this is the thing we’re all trying to get in the back of the net. It is the game.

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Umbro have smashed this – it’s an exciting time for the brand and this ball is symbolic of that. You can find out more and get your hands on one here.

We’ve seen many clubs we re-imagined and re-branded by talented followers of the game. Designers worldwide, united by that passion to use their talents and apply them to the football world.

Thinking about it, there are few ways to make football manager better but designing your own team brand and kits could take it to a whole new level. Oh how I long for the addition, as a manager, to decide whether we re-brand in house or extend it to an external agency…I digress, clearly.

Luis Callegari is a talented chap, based in Argentina. He’s put together a brilliant variety of work relating to football that you can see on his behance page here.

Most recently, putting together a full suite of creative to support the J-League’s Yokohama Marinos. It’s brilliant. Personally, I’m a fan of all things nautical so a little sucker for this but it can most certainly be appreciated by all. A logo, Kits, scarves and more – he’s got it all covered in a superb fashion.

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See more of his work, including more football design stuffs here.

Massive fan.

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A million stories to be told and countless people doing them. That’s one of the greatest things about football in my opinion. Clubs, players, fans and staff – all have countless stories and memories – fresh ones created each week.

Documenting these, and in brilliant fashion too, is something that many are doing. Today’s emphasis is on Nottingham Forest – a club of clout – winners at the highest level.

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This is the clubs matchday programme. It’s packed with a variety of content and presented in well balanced fashion, the delivery is of high quality and rich in value.

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Championing art, the club take a genuine interest in the art of the game. As you can see in these we share the appreciation and they have collaborated with many artists and designer who we have championed too – simply awesome!

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Like-minded appreciators, the club clearly are. Brilliant photography, a smart layout and overall attention to detail clearly goes into their design work. It’s a big year for the club as they look to celebrate their 150th anniversary which I’m sure will be celebrated in a similarly well crafted way.

This is how they are presenting their 2015/16 season ticket campaign.

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Smart.

PUMA today revealed their latest limited edition football boot evoACCURACY. Being a part of the evoPOWER family, the new special edition boot is engineered to maximise precision and accuracy when shooting and passing the ball. The fluorescent yellow and green, peacoat and white boot will exclusively be worn by Mario Balotelli from today.

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Through the ultra-lightweight Pebax foam lining underneath the upper material, the new evoACCURACY presents an extra clean kicking surface which enhances the player’s accuracy. The fluorescent green coloured Griptex print on the medial sides of the boots provides additional grip and control with the ball, and further adds to an accurate and precise style of play in all weather conditions.

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Like the evoPOWER, evoACCURACY features a lightweight and super soft microfiber AdaptLite upper material that stretches in a longitudinal not lateral direction allowing a freedom of movement while maintaining support. Combined with the Gradual Stability Frame (GSF) outsole technology, the foot bends with a kinetic motion similar to a barefoot.

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evoACCURACY has a special design featuring a colour fading effect from the florescent yellow forefront to the white heel. The boot has a peacoat coloured PUMA formstripe on the lateral side, with a PUMA cat logo placed on the medial side. Finishing touch for this special edition boot is the ‘MB45’ logo that is located on the heel.

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Mario Balotelli said about his new special edition boots:

“Accuracy is very important in football. The boots feel really good, actually quite similar to the evoPOWER and I am very excited to play with them from now. It is always a big pleasure to receive a special edition football boot, and this one has an especially nice design that I really like.”

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The limited edition evoACCURACY football boot is now available. You can get them from the good folks at Pro Direct here.

Smart.

The work of Hana Asano is something I keep falling in love with. Her eye for grabbing natural yet emotive football imagery is damn right awesome.

Most recently, teaming up with LA Galaxy for the launch of their second shirt – it gave us a more organic and genuine taste of football. A kit launch of modesty, let the shirt compliment the beautiful surroundings and shoot it with a strong eye for composition.

Following on from that – Hana brought boots to the fore, following those that belong to Omar Gonzalez over the course of a tough day of pre-season training.

‘A Day in the life of Omar Gonzalez’s adidas Nitrocharge Boots’ is another stroke of genius. Again, beautiful products (the Nitrocharge are up there as some of the best of the year for me ), in an incredible setting, shot with a strong eye for composition… Nailed it.

Here are some of the photos.

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See the full collection here.

Images courtesy of Hana Asano/LA Galaxy.