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Global Boot Spotting

It’s Monday, which means it’s time for some Boot Spotting. From new releases to throwback classics, with a sprinkling of special editions, we’ve scoured all corners of the globe to find the pick on offer. Let’s see who made the cut…

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Maya Yoshida (Sampdoria) Mizuno Rebula 3

Maya Yoshida left Southampton for Sampdoria on transfer deadline day, but prior to his departure he gave us a glimpse at the latest colourway for the Mizuno Rebula 3, which he wore during training. It launched alongside the Morelia Neo II and Morelia II in the 'Victory Gold' pack, Mizuno's first on-pitch pack of 2020.

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Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona) adidas Predator 20+ Mutator Lo-cut

The Predator 20+ Mutator launched amongst a wave of hype last week, but amongst the various options there was no sign of the highly anticipated lo-cut variation, which has been see on the feet of several pros already. The latest player to show them off was Pred-afficiando Ivan Rakitic in Barca's 2-1 win over Levante. Got to be seeing this one on shelves anytime now...

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Joe Willock (Arsenal) adidas Predator Mania

In the build up to the return of the Predator, adidas dropped the Mania in that iconic red colourway, and Joe Willock wore them for Arsenal's 0-0 with Burnley. Ready to feel old? Willock would've only been two when the OG red Mania came out back in 2002. Scary.

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Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) Under Armour Magnetico Control Pro

Arsenal's game with Burnley wasn't packed with highlights, but alongside Willock in his Manias was Granit Xhaka in an upcoming Under Armour Magnetico Control Pro colourway. The new look sees orange accents popping on a white base, and this one will likely be available sometime in the near future.

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Allan Saint-Maximin (Newcastle) PUMA Future 5.1

On the list as much for his choice of headdress as he is for his boots, Alan Saint-Maximin matched his new Balmain head band with the yellow colourings of the 'Spark Pack' PUMA Future 5.1, however the flair move was not enough to help Newcastle as they came up blank against Norwich.

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Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea) Nike Tiempo Legend VII

Toni Rudiger was Chelsea's saviour on the weekend, as the defender netted twice to salvage a 2-2 draw with Leicester, and he did so in the 'Fast AF' colourway of the Tiempo Legend VII. But the Swoosh had been blacked out on the boots, possibly suggesting that the German's contract with Nike could be up.

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Andre Gomes (Everton) Nike Magista Obra II

Great to see Andre Gomes back in training so soon after that horrific injury he sustained back in November, and it was even better as he rocked up in the 'Lock In, Let Loose' Magista Obra II, originally released in 2017.

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Etienne Capoue (Watford) Nike Mercurial Vapor IX

Another Premier League player showing off a bit of throwback flair, this time on-pitch and against Everton, was Watford's Etienne Capoue. The midfielder wore the bold "Purple/Volt" Nike Mercurial Vapor IX from 2013 as his side agonisingly lost 3-2 to the ten-men toffees.

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Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona) PUMA evoSPEED Fresh 2.0

The second colourway of the evoSPEED Fresh 2.0 was released in 2017, and Antoine Griezmann dusted off a pair for training this week. Designed to keep feet cool when playing in hot conditions, the Fresh looks somewhat out of place when paired up with that hat, but they do look good alongside Barca's latest Vaporknit training kit.

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Bobby Adekanye (Lazio) Nike Hypervenom Phantom II

Bobby Adekanye scored his first goal for Lazio in a 5-1 mauling of SPAL, and he did so wearing a blackout version of the Nike Hypervenom Phantom II.

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Seb Ohlsson (FC St. Pauli) Nike Mercurial Superfly IV

Bit of an odd one this: FC St Pauli's Seb Ohlsson wore two different Mercurial Superfly IVs in his side's match with VFB Stuttgart. The game ended 1-1, and Ohlsson's choice was definitely one of the highlights.

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