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Football News > Global Football Boots Spotting - 14/01/13

With latest Mercurial launch on the horizon, a small number of players have taken it upon themselves to give the boots an early taste of competitive action. Elswhere across Europe the headlines were writing themselves in what was a blockbuster weekend. We've picked out the best boots to be amongst the action.

Martin Caceres (Juventus) Nike Mercurial Vapor IX 

Juventus defender Martín Cáceres became one of the first European based players to wear the Nike Mercurial Vapor IX in competitive action. Juventus were back in Serie A action at the weekend taking on Parma. The Uruguyan wasted no time in getting his new boots onto the field as Juventus were held to a 1-1 draw.


Patrick Gerhardt (Melbourne Heart) adidas RS7 II Pro

It's something we see every now and then. The adidas adizero RS7 boots might be built for rugby, but as Melbourne Heart defender Partick Gerhardt demonstrated at the weekend, they look right at home on a football pitch! It's not the first time we've seen Gerhardt in the RS7 II Pro - the defender likes to switch between these and the first generation adizero miCoach.


Archie Thompson (Melbourne Victory) Nike GS II

Staying in the A League, Melbourne Victory striker Archie Thompson was spotted wearing his Nike GS II football boots as his side took on the Central Coast Mariners. Thompson has been wearing the superlight Nike boots for a number of weeks now. As you can see from the close up image, he obviously wasn't too keen on the safari print applied to the ACC logo – nothing a bit of black marker treatment can't take care of.


Leandro Castan (Roma) Nike Mercurial Vapor IX

Whenever we approach the official launch of a new Mercurial boot, it's never a surprise to see some lesser Nike names wear the boots a little prematurely. Europe's biggest Vapor names will have to wait a little longer before Nike give them the go-ahead, but Roma defender Leandro Castán had other ideas this past weekend. The Brazilian wore his Vapor IX boots as his side took on Catania.


John Terry (Chelsea) Nike Tiempo Legend IV Elite

John Terry put in his first competitive performance as a Nike player this past weekend as Chelsea took on Stoke City. The former England captain has called time on his career-long relationship with Umbro, switching to the Nike Tiempo Legend IV. Terry was spotted in the Elite edition of the Clash colourway, fitted with a carbon-fibre and flywire.


Andrea Pirlo (Juventus) Nike Tiempo Legend IV Elite

Top-class footballers have certain requirements when it comes to their football boots, they know what works best for them to perform. The upper aside, football is full of customized sole-plates requested by pro players, and one such player is Andrea Pirlo. Pirlo has requested the elite carbon fibre outsole on his new Tiempo Legends, an intriguing choice, even more so when you consider he was playing in wet conditions.


Eden Hazard (Chelsea) Nike GS II

Eden Hazard was amongst a clutch of talented young players selected by Nike to wear their GS II football boots, and Hazard has duly repaid Nike's high-profile marketing by wearing the boots - unlike the rest of the GS II squad! But this could be one of the last times we see Hazard in the limited release, as the launch of the Mercurial Vapor IX is on the horizon.


Emiliano Armenteros (Osasuna) Joma Fit 100 SL

In the modern era, you can look around the pitch at a high-profile game and count the number of Nike, adidas and PUMA football boots on show. It's refreshing therefore to see a player bucking the trend. Osasuna's Armenteros was spotted wearing the Joma Fit 100 SL football boots against Real Madrid, a boot which we have to admit bears quite an uncanny resemblance to the last generation adizero.


Mark Milligan (Melbourne Victory) Nike Tiempo Legend IV

If ever there was a boot and kit combination destined to be matched up, then Mark Milligan has taken the initiative. Milligan has got himself a pair of the new Nike Tiempo's to wear with the Victory's away kit. Not completely outrageous, but the look stands-out on pitch with the outsole, tongue and socks a great combination.


Paul Pogba (Juventus) Nike CTR360 Maestri III

Has Paul Pogba been poached by Nike? The French midfielder has worn adidas football boots throughout his developing football career, but this weekend surprised us all by wearing the Nike CTR360 Maestri boots again after he'd seemingly returned to adidas. An all-action midfielder the CTR's certainly suit his game, but maybe it's a statement Pogba isn't keen on the direction the Predator is heading? Either way adidas will be loathed to lose an up-and-coming talent.


If there are any players & boots that you've spotted and think we should feature, mail us at: putting 'Boot Spotting' in the subject field.



GabrieL15ScullY said:

noice :D

January 14, 2013 12:54 PM

Sb94 said:

noice :D

January 14, 2013 12:59 PM

RedLege said:

pogba has been wearing nike for a while now, hes even wearing nike in fifa!

January 14, 2013 1:04 PM

Rodri910 said:

Paul Bogba is wearing Nike CTR360 Trequartista, not Maestri!!!!

January 14, 2013 1:21 PM

purejai said:

how did milners CTRs not get a spot?

January 14, 2013 1:31 PM

MomoShaker said:

Kompany wearing warrior?, and mystery black boots vs arsenal last weekend?  

January 14, 2013 2:12 PM

Xandai said:


January 14, 2013 3:05 PM

whoneedsbatmanwhenwehaveROBIN said:

@MomoShaker - Kompany was wearing black out Total 90, the red colour way. Check the soleplate

January 14, 2013 3:37 PM

whoneedsbatmanwhenwehaveROBIN said:

where are milners boots at?

January 14, 2013 3:37 PM

CIT96AdizeroVapor said:

You can see the CR7 lookalike CTRs that Milner was wearing in the Joma picture, Khedira is wearing them.

January 14, 2013 4:08 PM

tsl121 said:

@rodri910 Pogba is wearing the Maestri.  notice the small notch in the heel area under the nike swoosh.  This is only on the maestri, not the trequarista.

January 14, 2013 4:10 PM

mintwick said:

JT's elite tiempo is awesome! Milner's and Khedira's CTR spotting please?

January 14, 2013 4:13 PM

cannavaro5zidane said:

damn u nike !!! now jt switches ...makes me sick

January 14, 2013 4:17 PM

Arian said:

The clash elites are one of the best looking tiempos yet.

Also, was looking forward for a spot and a closer look of komapny's blackout boots vs. gunners.

January 14, 2013 4:45 PM

JoshAdams99 said:

Milner and khedira wearing the new ctr colourway,don't know wether I like them or not though

January 14, 2013 5:02 PM

Joe1999 said:

Nike is same owner as Umbro

January 14, 2013 6:33 PM

Joe1999 said:

Kompany was wearing blackout

Warrior ??

January 14, 2013 6:34 PM

doornekamp14 said:

CIT96AdizeroVapor yeah i have those for futsal but i didnt know they made them for outdoor

January 14, 2013 8:12 PM

tomasurbancic said:

These are Milner's and Khedira's CTR. The colorway is called Black-Blue-Glow

January 14, 2013 9:00 PM

Cervantes7 said:

How long has Pepé Reína been in Predators?

I just noticed vs man u.

January 14, 2013 9:36 PM

dalong1 said:

milners boots arent here because they were included last week with busquets. also cabaye and larsson wore them too

January 14, 2013 10:38 PM

dalong1 said:

reina has been wearing preds for about 3 months now...started with the red ones and is now wearing the white yellow and blue ones

January 14, 2013 10:40 PM

ChangTrafford41226 said:

 The Melbourne Victory guy with the Tiempos looked boss!

January 14, 2013 11:10 PM

23_SS said:

Kompany's blackouts were T90's.

January 15, 2013 1:03 AM

gcrack said:

Pogba looks like hes sucking on a lollipop

January 15, 2013 5:02 AM

diegobarca10 said:

   John Terry is a legend

January 15, 2013 5:42 AM

Delmin said:

JT was dropped by Umbro when he ended up in court in the summer

January 15, 2013 5:59 AM

Getsuga04 said:


January 15, 2013 1:30 PM

NikeOverAdidas said:

I like Nike but it is abysmal how they bought Umbro, realised it wasn't worth it, sold it and took their best players.

January 15, 2013 2:38 PM

NikeOverAdidas said:

@Joe1999 Nike sold Umbro

January 15, 2013 2:38 PM

barc4b0y said:

Mark Milligan really know how to match

January 15, 2013 6:25 PM

onelovefutbol said:

a league!

January 16, 2013 9:27 AM

Delmin said:

@nikeoveradidas not to mention England and Man City kits. Basically took all their best assets. Ruthless.

January 17, 2013 12:27 AM

NikeOverAdidas said:

@Delmin, I loved the England and City kits recently too. There boot designs were also really nice, I loved the Euro 2012 red and white colour ways.

January 22, 2013 4:06 PM
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