David Beckham in White Out Adidas adiPower

After recently showing a few images of relatively unknown players wearing black out Adidas adiPower football boots, a global superstar is now in the white out versions of the power boots.

After recently coming back from his brief training stint at Tottenham Hotspur, David Beckham was seen spotted wearing white out versions of unreleased football boots on his first training with the LA Galaxy in 2011. Credit goes to SER viewer Preds7 for sending us the images, courtesy of the Daily Mail.

It seems like Adidas have had more players testing the unreleased adiPower than any other football boots ever, with players from all around the globe, varying in fan recognition to position being asked to test the boots prior to their release. Becks is the latest player to test the boots out, but the first one we’ve seen to have his boots whited out as opposed to the regular black out treatment.

You can clearly see in the image of Golden Balls falling the trademark Predator zone for the adiPower that has featured so often on our site in the recent past. You can also see the new stitching and heel counter in all of the images.

In Profile: Cesc Fàbregas

Idolized by thousands and watched by millions, Cesc Fàbregas is the ultimate footballer. He captivates the world with his every touch and possesses the unique ability to control the game from anywhere on the field, but there was once a time when Cesc aspired to be nothing more than a construction worker.

Cesc Fabregas For Spain

He was born into a working class family in Arenys de Mar, a place not known to produce great talent very often. One of the the greatest players in the last few years, Cesc was once just another boy aiming to join his father’s construction business. In fact, had his dad not been a player himself, Cesc Fabregas would probably be cementing bricks somewhere in Spain right now.

Every year, Cesc would ask for nothing but football equipment. From new balls to shoes, the latest Barcelona kit, or simply a new football magazine, the boy would settle for nothing else. Since the moment he was born, he lived and breathed the sport.

Young Cesc Fabregas

He began with his school team in Arenys, playing in small tournaments against other students. Fabregas had enormous potential, and, while playing with another small team, Barcelona developed an interest in the starlet.

Cesc Fabregas was soon invited for a trial at Camp Nou, which he passed with flying colours, and immediately began to impress his new coaches.

He eventually teamed up with Lionel Messi, and the two boys proved to be the perfect pair. The duo played beautifully, continuously setting each other up for goal after goal.

However, winning 20-0 every week wasn’t what Fabregas wanted. Cesc was eager for a change in scenery when Arsenal first spoke to him about a possible move abroad. According to him, it was the ‘chance of a lifetime’, and the Spaniard was keen to play in the Premier League.

Young Cesc Fabregas For Arsenal

Cesc was eventually made captain of the U-16 team at Barcelona and looked sure to commit his future with the Spanish giants, but Arsene Wenger moved in before the 16 year old could make any decisions regarding his future in Spain. Fàbregas finalized the deal with Arsenal on September 11, 2003 at just 16 years old.

Barely a few weeks passed, and already Cesc Fàbregas was playing for the Arsenal reserves with players much older and far more experienced than him, yet he still managed to outshine his new teammates. Wenger clearly liked what he saw in the player, as he threw him into his first professional match when Cesc was just 16 years and 177 days old, making him the Gunners’ youngest ever player.

Cesc Fabregas Against Juventus

If his performance then didn’t prove his worth to the world, his next one definitely did. Fàbregas was given the opportunity to start only his second match for Arsenal, and the young starlet made the most of this rare chance. The 16 year old played a sensational match against Wolves that day, setting yet another Arsenal record, this time for youngest goal scorer.

The next few years transformed Cesc Fàbregas into a superstar for both club and country. Cesc became Arsenal’s new number 4 in 2005, even though he didn’t play a single league match the year before, proving Wenger still saw potential in the Spaniard.

He started every game in the 2006-2007 season, and, despite the fact that the Gunners failed to win any silverware, Fabregas had a great season. By the end of 2007, he had established himself as a fantastic leader and a brilliant player, and more importantly, a fan favourite.

Cesc Fabregas Arsenal Captain

The next year brought even less success for Arsenal, but it marked a huge turning point in the Spanish midfielder’s career. Former Arsenal captain William Gallas left the club that year and Cesc Fàbregas was named his successor.

Arsenal faced a tough start to the season, and the fans looked to Fàbregas for salvation. The young captain came through and almost single-handedly lead his club to the Champions League quarter-finals a and second place finish in the league. He was crowned FA Young Player of the Year and nominated for PFA Young Player of the Year after the 2008-2009 campaign.

Cesc Fabregas Scores

Despite circulating rumors that he was homesick and wanted to return to his boyhood club, Barcelona, Arsenal wouldn’t release their prize asset to the Blaugrana and he stayed put at the Emirates. He then exploded to his best season ever in the 2009-2010 season, notching 19 assists and goals apiece in 36 appearances.

While he suffered from injuries early on in the 2010-11 campaign, the skipper has led by example in the latter half of this season, grabbing a respectable 9 goals and 13 assists in 26 appearances. He spurred his team onto victory over arguably the best side ever, Barcelona, in the first leg of their Champions League tie, and Arsene Wenger will be hoping his play maker can stay fit for the return leg at the Camp Nou.

Cesc Fabregas Shoots Against Barcelona

His accurate passing and brilliant vision on the pitch makes him an invaluable asset to whatever team he plays for. As long as Arsenal have Fabregas at their helm, the Gunners will be a force to be reckoned with for years to come.

Orravan Designer Interview: Pierre Navarro

It isn’t easy to come up with the idea, nor is it easy to carry out producing a football boot literally covered in crystals, but Pierre Navarro and Orravan Design somehow managed it! In honor of Mamadou Sakho’s French national team debut, the design company came up with an audacious pair of boots, and the man who spearheaded the operation was Pierre Navarro. SER were lucky enough to get a few questions across to Navarro in regards to the boots and the details surrounding the footwear. However, if you want to know more about the boots themselves, head over to Jordon’s post.

How long did it takes to make the boots?
Well, it depends on the client size (12US for Mamadou Sakho), but it takes around 3 working days in total. Every crystal stone is placed one by one on the trainer, especially because of the mixing colors on the front and the synthetic leather. A material quite difficult to work on, compare to a classic leather. But it works! Even if this kind of trainers is not allowed on an official game and if it changes the “touch” & control of the ball a little, the players can wear it and shot the ball with.
Having created footwear for celebrities such as Didier Drogba and Tony Parker, what was so special about Mamadou Sakho?
Mamad’ is already a famous & gifted player with his team (Paris Saint Germain) but he’s a young player and a new member of the French Team (first selection in blue on nov 17th 2010). This game was his very first selection against the Big Brazil and also his first steps into the famous french arena the Stade De France. So it was two good reasons to celebrate it’s game with a special pair of trainers. And Mamadou is a Nike Athlete.
What was so special about the France-Brazil match; an international friendly?
Well, it was just an exhibition game in the sense of there was no incidence on the international classification. So it was just a remake of the 1998 World Cup final between those two teams who has been played also in the Stade De France. At the time 3-0 for France and our first World cup. So it was a good souvenir for French people and the occasion for Brazil to clean up it’s big defeat of 1998… But again it didn’t worked hehehe (1-0 for France). But the true special thing about the game is that it was the first match of the French National team in Nike jersey. It’s a little revolution here because France was in Adidas since more than 30 years. For the brand, that game was special and also perfect in the sense that Brazil is also a Nike National Team. So, like Mamadou Sakho, it was a good reason for them to celebrate it. That’s also why we’ve chosen to make it on the newest Nike Mercurial Vapor Elite.
We’d like to thank Pierre Navarro for taking the time to answer our questions. You can find out more about Ovarran Design by checking out their website.

European Bootspotting (22 February, 2010)

With some cracking matches to choose from around Europe, there were some great boot spots that SER picked up on.

Spurs vs Blackpool

Coming off the back of a memorable 1-0 victory over AC Milan last week, Spurs had the less daunting task of taking on Blackpool. A task which they failed as they crashed to a 3-1 loss.

Jermain Defoe

After wearing adiZero Primes against Sunderland, Defoe switched back into the originals in the form of the watermelon colourway.

Wilson Palacios

Palacios thought it best to stick with the original Umbro Stealth Pros that he was spotted wearing against AC Milan, over the ST IIs.

Chelsea vs FC Copenhagen

Chelsea haven’t had a season to remember and were hoping that their recent misfortunes in the FA Cup wouldn’t transfer over to the Champions League.

Fernando Torres

Torres was wearing his custom sole plate with his T90 Laser IIIs, and it must have helped him as he had a more lively game for his new club.

Nicolas Anelka

Anelka switched into the yellow adiZeros during Chelsea’s loss to Everton and kept with them for this match getting on the scoresheet twice in the process.

Zdenek Pospech

FC Copenhagens right back was spotted in the old T90 Laser IIs, a boot that he’s been wearing for quite a while.

Lyon vs Real Madrid

Real Madrid were hoping to win for the first time in six at Stade Gerland against Lyon, and were denied late on by Bafetimbi Gomis.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Despite wearing the Windchill Superflys in the La Liga, Ronaldo switched into the Safari colourway for this match, a rather surprising move. He might be looking to regain his glorious form of old in this ‘new’ colorway.

Emmanuel Adebayor

After creating waves in the boot spotting world by wearing unreleased adiZero IIs, Adebayor switched back into the black/white/electricity colourway. Why exactly, we’re not sure but he may have got himself in a spot of bother by wearing the unreleased boots.

Did you see any other interesting boots on show? If so, leave a comment in the section below and be sure to check back tomorrow for all the new boot spots from the remaining Champions League Games.

Two Players in Unreleased Adidas adiPower

We always love seeing black out boots as the mystery as to what they really are is intoxicating, so naturally we were excited when we saw these images of two players in the unreleased Adidas adiPower football boots.

Thanks to SER viewer Kai Lu for this boot spot of a Hong Kong player sporting the unreleased power boots. You can clearly see that he is wearing the adiPowers as the distinctive three stripes and instep identify the boots.

The second set of images we have show Mexican player, Angel Reyna, also wearing the unreleased boots.

While not as clear as the above images, you can still see him plying his trade in the Adidas football boots. Credit to Erick Rozales for these images.

Are these the Adidas adiPower SL, the regular adiPower, or just the recently released black out Predator X football boots? We’d love to hear what you think.

Adidas F50 adiZero White/Cyan/Radiant Pink Colorway

Emmanuel Adebayor gave us an exclusive preview of the new colorway, but now the release is official of the White/Cyan/Radiant Pink Adidas F50 adiZero football boots!

The upper uses SPRINTSKIN technology, which is a single layer of synthetic material, which optimizes ball feel and touch. Being a single-layer, weight is reduced significantly.

The internal TPU support bands offer the best stability and support in the most important places, so that you can move and groove up and down the field.

A new feature of the Adidas F50 adiZeros is that they contain an ultralight sockliner in the shoe along with a second pair of comfort sockliners that come in the box. Comfort is completely customizable in these boots!

The sprint frame construction is geometrically designed with new stud shape, which offers the best balance between a light weight and top-quality stability.

The new triangular, TRAXIONâ„¢ stud shape allows you to cut into the pitch, in every direction, to maximize traction while accelerating quickly.

Details (Leather Version):

  • Family: F50 adiZero
  • How Attached To Upper: Cemented
  • Insole Material: EVA foam
  • Insole Removable: yes
  • Lacing: Asymmetrical
  • Outsole Material: TPU
  • Primary Upper Material: Full-grain leather
  • Stud Material: PU
  • Stud Shape: Bladed
  • Studs Removable: no
  • Suitable For: Firm Natural Surfaces
  • Weight: 6.0 oz.

Image Credit to Sport-Greifenberg and Thanks to SER Readers Tom and Lennox Stevenson for Providing Links to Boot Listings.

Emmanuel Adebayor in the new Adidas F50 adiZero Colorway

Despite our knowing about this new unreleased colorway way back when, it seems the launch of the new White/Cyan/Pink adiZero football boots is now upon us as Real Madrid’s Emmanuel Adebayor was sporting the unreleased boots in his side’s recent La Liga match. It was surprising to see one of the F50 range’s avid endorsers wearing an unreleased colorway, however it may have been a clever marketing move by Adidas to get us all excited before the official launch of the new colorway! It’s definitely worked if that is the case. Interestingly, Adebayor chose to wear the leather version of the boots despite his predominant wearing of the Primes.

View from the Couch: Ancelotti Ruined By His Team of Pensioners

Carlo Ancelotti and his Chelsea squad will arrive in Copenhagen with the knowledge that a loss today could convince billionaire owner Roman Abramovich that it could be time to change his manager before the end of the season. While Chelsea had intended to keep the Italian until the end of the season, the humiliating loss to Everton on the weekend might be the penultimate game for Ancelotti. However, Ancelotti cannot be blamed for the Pensioner’s form of late.

Chelsea started off the season so brightly. 6-0, 6-0, 2-0. By the end of August people said that Chelsea were already romping away to their fourth Premier League title. Drogba and Malouda were on fire. The Chelsea defence was representing an impenetrable barrier and Ashley Cole in particular was in fine form for the Chelsea defence. More good performances against West Ham and Blackpool further fueled the confidence of Chelsea fans that they’d be celebrating at the vision of John Terry lifting the EPL trophy on that one day in May. Looking back now, Ancelotti won’t be able to believe that this is still the same campaign.

So when did it all happen? Chinks appeared in the Chelsea armour when Torres fired a devastating double against the club he now plays for, cracks appeared at the unbelievable 3-0 loss at home to Sunderland. Chelsea were then blown apart after the 1-0 loss at Birmingham. Five games later, they finally tasted victory again. The slump however knocked Chelsea out of contention of lifting another EPL title, it may have even knocked them out of playing in the Champions League next season.

The finger of blame cannot be pointed squarely at Ancelotti. You could also blame Jose Mourinho, Avram Grant, Phil Scolari and maybe even Guus Hiddink. Ancelotti inherited an aging squad that would always be prone to injuries. This was fully exposed after Chelsea’s dream start to the season.

Frank Lampard was out injured for much of the first half of the season. Terry missed out the losses at Birmingham and at home to Sunderland when they really needed him. The ever present Essien has also been missed and Drogba has been playing this season even though he has ‘malaria’.

Three crucial players haven’t been able to play for Chelsea on a regular basis this season. The lack of Lampard means that Chelsea have suddenly lacked the finesse and spark that every team needs in the centre of the park. While they have still got Ramires and Mikel, they don’t provide the playmaker characteristic or late runs into the box that Chelsea desperately need.

Chelsea’s defence has gained a notorious reputation over the past few seasons for being one of the stingiest defences in the league. Even though Terry only missed two crucial games, the lack of a leader in the defence was sorely missed.

Ancelotti has also been continuously chopping and changing the starting line up of his defence and playing defenders out of position. This means the defenders aren’t able to gel if they aren’t playing with the same players for more than 2 or 3 games in a row, fully justified by some of the calamitous defending during the recent Chelsea vs Liverpool game. Meireles’ goal was missed by 3 Chelsea defenders and Cech before it hit the back of the net.

Ivanovic has also been played as a centre half for the majority of the season when his preferred position is at right back. The much needed arrival of Luiz will become beneficial for Ivanovic and Chelsea. Ivanovic will now be allowed to play at his preferred RB position and Luiz can become a commanding centre half that Chelsea have missed since the departure of Carvalho to Real Madrid.

While those two have now returned to the squad, Ancelotti now has the dilema of pairing Drogba and Torres upfront into a succesful partnership. While it may have finally hit Abramovic that you cannot win the league with the chequebook, there has been a serious lack of talent coming through the Chelsea ranks. While Josh McEachran looks promising, he isn’t like what Arsenal have with Wilshere.

Meanwhile, Lampard, Drogba and Terry remain unchallenged for their places in the squad, who are 33, 32 and 30 years old respectively. Chelsea’s problem with Chelsea isn’t a recent problem but the departures of Deco, Beletti, Joe Cole and Ballack has meant an ageing squad has become an small, ageing squad that would be exposed with injuries. But in came a pretty terrible Ramires, who only makes the bench for Brazil and isn’t a Essien and no-where near a Frank Lampard. Yossi Benayoun was an even worse buy than Ramires.

Chelsea haven’t made a great transfer since January 2008 and that was for Ivanovic and Anelka. If we go back to 2006, the only other smart transfers have been for Ashley Cole, Ballack, Mikel and Malouda. Naming unsuccesful transfers is easy. Tal Ben Haim, Sidwell, Shevchenko (can’t forget that one), Quaresma, Bosingwa and Zhirkov. That’s just to name a few. But even amoungst the transfers in, all of them except for Sidwell were over 25 years old when they arrived at Chelsea. If Ancelotti happens to get sacked, an old squad of pensioners he inherited from past managers would be one of his downfalls.

Adidas F50 adiZero Prime Designer Interview

Many people were taken by surprise when Adidas released the audaciously light adiZero last year, but when they started off this new year with an even lighter boot, the Prime, I think it’s safe to say we were all blown away. Now we have the opportunity to hear the Adidas F50 adiZero Prime designer Adrien Noirhomme take us through his creation.

Name the 2012 Olympic Football

We’ve teamed up with Adidas to give you a chance to be part of the London 2012 Olympic Games legacy.

Name the official football of the London 2012 Olympic Games and make your mark on Games history.

Do you fancy becoming part of the biggest sporting event England has ever seen? In 2012, London will host the Olympic and Paralympic Games and as Official Sportswear Partner of London 2012, Adidas have a challenge – they’ve got the design but need a name for the official football of the Olympic tournament.

If you can come up with the winning suggestion then you’ll get to be involved in the official launch for the ball, you’ll be one of the first people to get presented with a London 2012 football, and you’ll get 2 tickets to the UEFA Champions League Final at Wembley!

All you have to do is visit www.adidas.co.uk/nametheball and submit your suggestions before the 28th of February – get those suggestions in and help the football with no name.

Keep up to date with the competition and all adidas news on their official twitter feed @adidasuk.

Wiki(Boot)Leaks: Adidas Predator SL On Ebay

After searching through eBay, SER have found Adidas Predator SLs for sale.

We brought you another pair of these boots in an official colourway back in December and we are pretty sure that these are authentic due to the date stamped on them to indicate when they were released for testing. Another cool thing about these boots is that they are a pretty early prototype, even older than the first adiPower Predator prototypes that we found.

The picture we found back in December:

Are you excited for the Predator SL’s release in June? Leave a comment in the section below.

Lassi Hurskainen Trick-Shot Keeper

Freestyle football is becoming increasingly prevalent in the world of football today with Youtube providing a great medium to showcase talent. Here is a very cool video we found on the online video website of a goalkeeper, of all positions, doing amazing trick shots along with showing off some of his goalkeeping skills. Without further adieu, we present to you Lassi Hurskainen.

Wiki(Boot)Leaks: More Images Of Superfly III On Ebay

Recently, SER came across some more images and listings of the unreleased Nike Mercurial Vapor Superfly III on Ebay, but we are unsure whether they are fake or real.

Overall, they look pretty legitimate, as the sole plate and the upper look real, but it looks a bit like the Superfly II colorway with the graphic of the Superfly III painted on. However, if they were the Superfly II, it would take someone extremely talented to copy the graphic onto the boot like that, and would definitely be professionally made in a factory. With that said, I do not think that these are fake, but maybe just factory trial versions these people have happened to get their hands on.

Wiki(Boot)Leaks: The World's Most Expensive Cleats + CR7 Superfly III Photo Shoot

Don’t complain about spending close to $500 for a pair of Nike Elites. That’s nothing compared to what these boots would cost.

Designed by Orravan Design in Paris, the boots were designed to celebrate Mamadou Sakho’s debut for France against Brazil. The boot is the Windchill Mercurial Superfly II, evident with the word ‘Mercurial’ on the heel of the boot in blue. The left boot is decorated in the colours of France, while the right boot is in the colours of Brazil.

There is said to be a combination of 5000 Swarovski crystals used in the making of these boots. How much would these cost? Well a pair of Swarovski earrings with a single crystal on each earring is US$75. Times that by 2500 (because it’s two crystals for that price) and you get US$187,500! This is only a rough estimate and it won’t be possible to actually buy these. But the design is definitely unique and applause must go to Orravan Design for creating this masterpiece.

Meanwhile, Cristiano has used Twitter to excite his followers about the potential of an upcoming boot release after participating in a photo shoot yesterday. It certainly shows that the release day of the upcoming release date is imminent now (chances are we’ll be able to get our hands on them, so keep checking back for a review).

Nike is probably meant to keep the covers on the photo shoot about the boots, but they’ve accidentally revealed which boot Cristiano will be wearing.

You can see on the left that Ronaldo is being handed an purple sack, presumably containing the purple Mercurial Superfly III that has featured many times on this site. We’ve scanned the images hundreds of times and we are sure that there isn’t any difference between the new Superfly III and old Superfly II except for a new look. Could Nike pull a rabbit out of the hat and announce a boot that weighs 150 grams? We doubt it but you may never know.

Wiki(Boot)Leaks: The World’s Most Expensive Cleats + CR7 Superfly III Photo Shoot

Don’t complain about spending close to $500 for a pair of Nike Elites. That’s nothing compared to what these boots would cost.

Designed by Orravan Design in Paris, the boots were designed to celebrate Mamadou Sakho’s debut for France against Brazil. The boot is the Windchill Mercurial Superfly II, evident with the word ‘Mercurial’ on the heel of the boot in blue. The left boot is decorated in the colours of France, while the right boot is in the colours of Brazil.

There is said to be a combination of 5000 Swarovski crystals used in the making of these boots. How much would these cost? Well a pair of Swarovski earrings with a single crystal on each earring is US$75. Times that by 2500 (because it’s two crystals for that price) and you get US$187,500! This is only a rough estimate and it won’t be possible to actually buy these. But the design is definitely unique and applause must go to Orravan Design for creating this masterpiece.

Meanwhile, Cristiano has used Twitter to excite his followers about the potential of an upcoming boot release after participating in a photo shoot yesterday. It certainly shows that the release day of the upcoming release date is imminent now (chances are we’ll be able to get our hands on them, so keep checking back for a review).

Nike is probably meant to keep the covers on the photo shoot about the boots, but they’ve accidentally revealed which boot Cristiano will be wearing.

You can see on the left that Ronaldo is being handed an purple sack, presumably containing the purple Mercurial Superfly III that has featured many times on this site. We’ve scanned the images hundreds of times and we are sure that there isn’t any difference between the new Superfly III and old Superfly II except for a new look. Could Nike pull a rabbit out of the hat and announce a boot that weighs 150 grams? We doubt it but you may never know.

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