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Unveiled at Anfield, in proud fashion, New Balance and Liverpool team up for the fresh and tasty 2015/16 home kit.

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Themed under the campaign of ‘Hold Nothing Back’the core feature of the new shirt is a chequerboard jacquard, which draws inspiration from the LFC fans in one of the most iconic stands in world football – The Kop.

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Hold nothing back, they certainly haven’t. This was a big deal for the brand as much as the club – both delivering in fine fashion. The attention to detail on the kit is brilliant. In every essence, this is a football kit.

The flags and scarves fans hold aloft on match day create a visually captivating red and white mosaic, which is hinted at through the shirt. The design is linked to New Balance’s new LFC campaign, #HoldNothingBack, a reflection on the team and fans’ attitude towards the club. The kit is the first to be released by New Balance and will be available to buy from 14th May 2015.

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The kit has a sleek and sophisticated style, and celebrates some of the classic moments of LFC’s history. It is reminiscent of shirts that club legends like Kenny Dalglish wore as part of the dominant side in the 1980s. The simplicity of the design honours the clubs illustrious heritage. The shirt is engineered to offer the players the latest in performance innovation, kit technology and garment optimisation.

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General Manager of New Balance Football Richard Wright commented on the first New Balance designed shirt the LFC players will wear, “As we enter into a new era between New Balance and Liverpool Football Club, we want to celebrate the sacred bond between the club, the fans and the players. We have worked closely with LFC throughout the design process and I believe the product team has captured this bond in the shirt textile design. At New Balance we pride ourselves in being at the forefront of technical innovation and this shirt sets the benchmark for football performance wear.”

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Vice-Captain Jordan Henderson added, “The kit feels great and I’m pleased the New Balance team considered what the players need from a kit when it was designed. The material is very comfortable and the players are delighted with the result.”

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Billy Hogan, Chief Commercial Officer, Liverpool FC, said: “We are very excited to be launching our first kit in partnership with New Balance, which is one of the world’s leading sportswear brands.

“Like LFC, New Balance has over 100 years of heritage and it’s fitting that the first kit launched as part of this record-breaking partnership celebrates the Club’s illustrious history and worldwide fan base.”

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The kit incorporates NB Dry, technology that helps keep the body cool and dry whilst being active. The moisture wicking fabric releases moisture away from the body, making it fast drying, and it is anatomically fitted to form around the player’s body shape for ease of movement. Finished with mesh panelling under the arms, the design aims to help airflow around the body. Twin needle stitching runs around the circumference of the shirts hem and twin heat transfer tipping to the cuff gives a seam-free finish and to prevent abrasion. The unmistakable Liverpool red with the front panel jacquard is finished with an integrated collar.

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The New Balance 2015/16 LFC Home Kit is available to pre-order now at here. Hats off to ’em – it’s a belter.

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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.

adidas launches its latest campaign for the new spring/summer 2015 Climachill product range, featuring international football star Gareth Bale. Climachill is adidas’ most advanced cooling technology ever, promising to keep the wearer up to 36% cooler than previous adidas clothing.

As the sun starts to rear its beautiful and much-needed self, this is a welcome addition to handle performance and training as the heat rises.

The SS15 colourway is a departure from the norm, offering a sleek, all-black look that still keeps the wearer cooler than ever – even in the height of summer.

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Thanks to its cutting edge instant cool sensation, advanced breathability and supreme heat and moisture transfer capabilities, the range keeps body temperatures under control even in the hottest conditions. The technology enables athletes of all levels to train harder, run longer and stay focused, enhancing performance whether in training or in the intensity of competition.

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The adidas Climachill range has been revolutionary in active cooling technology due to its uniquely engineered design profile: industry-first 3D aluminum-cooling spheres are strategically located on the back and neck to correspond with the warmest area of the body, and provide an instant cooling sensation on contact.

A micro fibre fabric allows the garment to act like mesh and transports excess moisture away from your skin. The revolutionary SubZero flat yarn contains titanium and maximises surface contact with skin, transferring more heat away from the body.

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Real Madrid FC, Champions League winning footballer Gareth Bale commented on the new member of the Climachill range:

‘Moving from England to Spain meant getting used to a different country, culture, language and of course playing in warmer weather. adidas’ cooling technology regulates my temperature and releases excess moisture from my body, enabling me to perform at my best even in hot conditions.

The new black training t-shirt is the perfect example of sports apparel that looks cool and keeps you cool.’

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Dr Maarten Hupperets, Director of Future Sport Science at adidas explained why it is important to consider body temperature during working out:

‘Activity in high ambient temperatures offers a particular challenge to the human thermoregulatory system. Humans strive to maintain a stable body core temperature of about 37°C. In response to exercise, as metabolic demand and heat production increases, the body core temperature can increase up to 3°C in warm ambient conditions.

To maintain a stable body core temperature, the human body will make efforts to lose excess heat. Climachill has been rigorously tested in our state-of-the-art Clima chamber as high as 122°F/50 degree Celsius exactly to find the best possible answer to facilitate body cooling. We are confident that our innovation and coolest t-shirt ever helps athletes of every level keep at their peak optimum temperature to perform at their best in any conditions’.

Overall, it’s a smart range – high in quality, championing elite performance. Style wise, it’s minimalist on the surface which is very much a good thing – I’m enjoying the bigger adidas performance logos that are appearing on more products. Big, bold, assertive.

The new range includes tees, tanks and shorts, designed for training, running, football, tennis and cycling. It is available now from a pretty affordable £18 at http://www.adidas.co.uk and in selected retailers nationwide.

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.