With the eagerly anticipated new Serie A season, SoccerBible asks the question - what do you think will be the top scoring football boots during the 2009/10 season?
Exclusive SoccerBible statistics generate boot stats throughout the Serie A season, to show how the different football boots are performing. There was only ever going top be one winner and that was Nike Mercurial Vapor football boots! Showing their dominance on the divison, the Vapor boots notched 36 more goals than the second placed adidas Predator:
However, with the departure of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Kaka traded for the arrival of last season's La Liga top scorer Samuel Eto'o, these goal stats could look very different come the end of season. Will we see more of the likes of Asics, who gate-crashed the party last year? A hugely respectable 97 Serie A goals across their boot series making them the third highest scoring football boot brand in 2008/09's Serie A. Of course, we're also eager to see how the new football boots like the adidas F50i and Nike Superfly perform with a full season to expoit...
Here's the SoccerBible's pick of the main contenders for the
"d'oro di avvio"...
NIKE MERCURIAL VAPOR V FOOTBALL BOOTS
2008/09 Serie A Goals: 152
2008/09 Top Vapor Scorer: Ibrahimovic (25 goals)
Designed for speed, the Nike Mercurial Vapor V football boots have a sleek aerodynamic design and are lightweight at just 230g.The advancement Nike have made with the Vapor V football boots has been the introduction of their Flywire technology acting like the cables of a suspension bridge to support the feet and add additional strength to the material.
ADIDAS PREDATOR PS FOOTBALL BOOTS
2008/09 Serie A Goals: 116
2008/09 Top Predator Scorer: Di Vaio (24 goals)
The adidas Predator football boots have been evolving for over ten years, with a design brief to deliver more power, more swerve and more control. The current Predator football boots incorporate SmartFoam vamps and a PowerPulse chamber, to give additional power and accuracy to every pass and shot.
ASICS LETHAL DS FOOTBALL BOOTS
2008/09 Serie A Goals: 66
2008/09 Top Lethal DS Scorer:
Pellissier (13 goals)
A surprise inclusion at number 3? Well, perhaps to some, but it just goes to show how its not all about flashy gimmicks and crazy colours. The Japanese brand commands a huge selection of players in Serie A, including 4 of last season's Top 20 scorers. Perhaps the unrivalled comfort, fit and build quality of the Lethal DS are more than enough to make it a serious contender once again for the top scoring crown...
NIKE TIEMPO LEGEND III FOOTBALL BOOTS
2008/09 Serie A Goals: 66
2008/09 Top Legend Scorer: Cassano (12 goals)
Nike Legend III football boots were born out of the Nike Tiempo range, which has been striving to deliver the ultimate in ball touch for over 25 years. The upper is made from a soft kangaroo leather combined with unique stitching to hold the leathers shape.
ADIDAS ADIPURE II FOOTBALL BOOTS
2008/09 Serie A Goals: 60
2008/09 Top adiPure Scorer: Kaka (13 goals)
Kaka may be gone, but the new adidas adiPure II football boots will continue to set pitches alight in Serie A this season, thanks to their superb comfort and fit and much loved heritage feel. It may be a big ask to topple the Vapor from its perch, but the non-nonsense adiPure II is certain to have an impact during the next 10 months!
NIKE T90 LASER II FOOTBALL BOOTS
2008/09 Serie A Goals: 58
2008/09 Top adiPure Scorer: Gilardino (17 goals)
The Nike T90 Laser football boots have been designed for attacking players, as Nike have engineered the innovative ShotShield technology over the striking area of the boots. Made from a dense material to generate more power when the the ball is struck, the ribbed surface and precision rings emanating from the 'sweet spot' increase accuracy through the unique boot-to-ball contact.
ADIDAS F50i TUNiT FOOTBALL BOOTS
2008/09 Serie A Goals: 49
2008/09 Top F50 Scorer: Mascara (12 goals)
Launched back in May, the adidas F50i TUNiT football boots continue the evolution of adidas' speed component series with arguably the most complete edition to date. Utilising the inter-changeable stud and chassis system, the new F50i series boasts a choice of synthetic, climacool and leather uppers.
Honourable mentions must also go to the Puma v1.08, Asics Testimonial and Lotto Zhero series of football boots that posed a threat in last season's goal scoring charts - can this new campaign inspire one of these boots to break the Nike and adidas dominance?
So now you've seen the contenders, the SoccerBible asks WHICH PLAYERS AND FOOTBALL BOOTS DO YOU THINK WILL IMPRESS DURING THE 2009/10 SERIE A SEASON?