The best picks from Week 1.
Week 1 of the World Cup has seen some amazing matches (Portugal v Spain) mixed with some shockers (Mexico v Germany). The carnival of matches have also turned up some fine boots on show. While most players are sporting the Nike “Just Do It” pack and the Adidas “Energy Mode” pack, we look to include a variety of boots which doesn’t just include the usuals from the big two. Here are the highlights from Week 1.
Taisir Al Jassim, Saudi Arabia – Adidas Copa 18.1 Skystalker Pack
A rarity on the pitches, the Copa hasn’t been given the limelight as much as their more marketable brothers from Adidas. The boot is made for comfort though there was nothing comfortable seeing the Saudis get mauled 5-0 by hosts Russia.
Aleksandr Golovin, Russia – Nike Mercurial Vapor 11 Fire and Ice Pack
The Russians were hailed as one of the worst ever but Golovin shook off the negativity to score a peach of a goal towards the end of the game. He’s still keeping on the Vapor 11’s which is said to be superior to the 12’s by many a player.
Edison Flores, Peru – Umbro Medusae 2
The Peruvians looked lively through the game with speedy runs and counter-attacks against the Danes. Spotted here was another rarity, an Umbro Medusae.
Jerome Boateng, Germany – Nike Tiempo Legend 7 Just Do It Pack
Boateng had a tough time marshaling the high line against a speedy Mexican attack but he seemed to have had an easier time imposing a stylish look with a switch of his laces – adding some colour to his black and white kit.
Marco Reus, Germany – Puma Future 2 Illumination Pack
The attacking midfielder came on as a sub to change Germany’s fortunes but could not force a goal for the reigning champs. We’ve been seeing Reus wearing a laceless version of the Puma Future 2 which leave the boot makers a little peeved considering that the Future’s biggest feature is its customizable lacing system.
Neymar Jr., Brazil – Nike Mercurial Vapor 12 (AG studs)
As predicted in our “boots to watch” article, Neymar has kept on his AG boots for the match against the Swiss. He did not seem to have issues with traction on the natural soft pitch which has made us wonder if AG studs offer the perfect balance between traction and comfort for your joints. If only AG boots can help him stay on his feet more often.
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