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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.

In short… create a crew and get involved.

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.

MLS promo

Ever the fan of the work done by stateside legends and fellow appreciators of design, World F.C. it gives me great pleasure to help showcase the ‘Americana Collection’ – celebrating the kick off of the fresh MLS season, this 8 piece collection is made up of a smart range of designs.

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You can see the full range here.

Complimenting the 8 designs is another number, released in collaboration with our bros over at 8by8.

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Mighty fine, damn awesoming, awesomeness.

See the full collection 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.