adiPower Watch: 13 May

When we said we’d be seeing more of the adiPowers in the next couple of days we didn’t think we’d spot more today. In Manchester City’s media day today two City players were spotted in adiPowers.


Both Patrick Viera and more surprisingly Edin Dzeko were spotted in adidas’ newest creation.

We haven’t seen anyone wear this colourway that we believe will be released along with the bright blue as a secondary colourway. It’s rather fitting that Patrick Viera is the one wearing the classic Predator colourway, and many old Pred lovers will appreciate that adidas have continued releasing the traditional colourway. It’s safe to say that these also look really nice on his feet.

Edin Dzeko who has been an adiPure wearer for quite some time also seems to be switching into the adiPowers. This may suggest a shift in focus for the Predators as has been speculated. It’ll be interesting to see how this looks with the Citizen’s home kit.


We’ll keep you guys updated with out adiPower watch so be sure to check back tomorrow as we’re sure more spots will pop up all over the web.

Xavi and Charlie Adam Show Off New adiPower Predators

We’re expecting the release of the adiPower Predators anytime now, and it seems adidas are distributing the boots to their endorsed players.

Charlie Adam just posted a picture on his twitter of his new adiPower Predators customized with the name of his son Jack and his number on the boot.  Launch colourways are designed to attract attention to the boot and the adiPowers certainly don’t fail in that regard. Adam however may find himself in a spot of bother with adidas for releasing images of the adiPowers before their release date we may even see them sooner than expected on the pitches of the Premier Leauge.  (You can follow Charlie Adam on twitter here)

Following picking up the La Liga title, Barcelona are back in training ahead of the Champions League final in Wembley. SoccerReviews have spotted Xavi wearing a pair of adiPower Predators, but surprisingly not in a white out colourway. One things for sure these boots definitely stand out from the crowd, and they look pretty nice too. We expect Xavi to be wearing the boots at Wembley so it makes sense that he’s getting use to the touch and feel of the boots.

The adiPowers are nearly upon us, and in the coming weeks we should be seeing more and more players wearing these intriguing boots. What do you think about the adiPowers? Leave a comment in the section below.

The Daily Planet: Dalglish Signs Three Year Deal

Soccer Reviews can confirm that club legend Kenny Dalglish has officially signed a three year contract with Liverpool. Former Chelsea player Steve Clarke will be the Scott’s assistant manager.

Kenny Dalglish Has Finally Signed With Liverpool..Again

The Reds have enjoyed a successful 3 months, picking up 33 points in their last 16 games under Dalglish. Club owners FNG have waited till the very end of the season before offering the 60 year old his second Liverpool managerial contract, but fans will nevertheless be pleased with the decision.

John Henry has described his new manager as the perfect man for the job with years of experience both on the pitch and on the sidelines.

“Kenny is a legendary Liverpool figure both as a supremely gifted footballer and successful manager. Since returning in January he has shown extraordinary leadership and the ability to bring the best out of so many people associated with the Club.”

“It was obvious to us very early on that the atmosphere surrounding the Club had been transformed by his presence. No one else could have produced such a response. Therefore, I’m delighted we have agreed to a new contract. We didn’t need nor want to look elsewhere for the right man to manage the team.”

Liverpool's Kenny Dalglish

Kenny Dalglish attended a press-conference immediately after the news was announced to give his thoughts on both his, and Liverpool‘s future.

“I said when I took the job on in January that I was just happy to help the Club out for the remainder of the season.”

“Now the owners have decided in their wisdom that they want me to stay a little longer and it’s fantastic news for both myself and Steve Clarke that we have signed these contracts.”

“Both John (John Henry) and Tom (Warner) have taken their time to assess what was best for the football club and bring in the people they wanted to take the Club forward. They are both winners, but understand what the supporters want from a Liverpool side and the way that we should go about things.”

Liverpool head into a key clash against Tottenham, and though the Merseyside club have beaten the likes of United, City and Chelsea in recent weeks, they will need to put in a brilliant performance if they are to clinch the 3 points necessary for European qualification next season.

Pele-Sports Trinity Preview

Anything associated with the Grandmaster, Pele, can be automatically assumed to be of good quality, and thus are expectations are high for the hyped Trinity speed football boot from Pele-Sports.

After making a strong debut in the football boot market with three debutant boots, the new company are looking to foray into the highly coveted and competitive speed market, and based on what our friends at Pele-Sports are telling us, we have a lot to expect from their new speed boot. Without further adieu, we present to you a little snippet about the new Pele-Sports Trinity speed football boots.

Trinity – a revolutionary speed boot by Pelé Sports

Aspen, CO  2011 – Pelé Sports is close to launching a revolution in soccer shoes; ‘The Trinity’; an ultra light boot with an innovative and unique outsole!

Pelé Sports introduces with ‘Trinity’ an ultra light boot, ergonomically designed to harness your physical potential and strengthen footwork ability throughout the challenges of the game. The key feature of the ‘Trinity’ lies in the revolutionary stud mapping system.

Pelé Sports vast experience of wear trials and physiological research into the mechanics of feet and speed have taught the specialists of the brand (Official Pelé licensee), that the classic stud configuration is outdated, unnecessary and it slows the player down.

“Our unique stud mapping technology has resulted in individual stud configurations, that together optimize foot muscle function and enhance propulsion. Each stud has been carefully sculpted to increase ground penetration, reduce turf resistance and most importantly minimize injury risk” explains Greg Lever-O’Keefe, Head of Design for Pelé Sports.

The ‘Trinity’ stud mapping system paves the way, for a completely new experience of instant ground contact, high velocity release, excellent traction and explosive acceleration. The highlighted studs collectively represent the advancement of each area of the foot as it flexes and rolls working simultaneously to dissipate force and improve grip.

Ezio Margiotta, Foot & Ankle specialist of Pelé Sports, describes the health benefits for each single player: The ’Trinity’ takes the positive physical impact of our boots to a whole new level! Every single part of the boot is developed for optimized medial mid-foot support. There is a lateral substructure from the heel to the front of the foot, which dissipates pressure and defends the Achilles tendon ensuring the ultimate protection throughout the game. As a player accelerates, sprints, defends, tackles and kicks during a 90 minute match, they will experience optimal performance.

The “Trinity” will be launched as part of the Spring Summer 2012 collection of Pelé Sports.

First pictures of the ‘Trinity’ and more information will be available for media in June 2011, and thus to you as soon as we get more details.

The Daily Planet: Distressed Redknapp To ‘Commit Suicide’

Disaster struck for Tottenham once again as Harry Redknapp’s dispirited side fell to yet another disappointing defeat, this time at the hands of a more fortunate Manchester City, and Harry Redknapp is certainly feeling the pressure.

Harry Redknapp Has Good Reason To Be Feeling Down Lately

Tottenham‘s relatively good performance against City this weekend was buried after Peter Crouch put the home-side up by one with an unlucky own goal. Their latest loss means the Spurs have won just one match of their last thirteen. With supporters becoming fed up with their side, Harry Redknapp has reached out in a desperate attempt to rally support as they head into their crucial tie at Anfield next week.

Harry Redknapp conceded that lack of fan support has left the team in a depressed state. “I’m going to go and commit suicide, it’s so sad.”

Harry Redknapp

“We’ve played well but have just not been able to finish teams off and have drawn a lot. It’s been a great season and people shouldn’t just look at the last few games.
We’ve been in good form, much better than the results have shown.”

Redknapp, defiant as always, blamed Tottenham’s poor results on bad luck, rather than a lack of talent.

“It’s not a lack of killer instinct. We’ve got strikers who normally score lots of goals and unfortunately this year we haven’t scored as many as usual. Sometimes it goes your way as goalscorers and unfortunately we haven’t scored enough goals.”

The Englishman has tried to raise spirits by reminding everyone that this season has been the Spurs’ best in many years, however, he suggested that a lack of funds have left Tottenham behind big-money clubs like Manchster City and Chelsea.

Tottenham Hotspur Lack Team Spirit

“Over the whole season it’s been a great season. Probably the best Tottenham have had in God knows how long.”

“It’s difficult to get in the top four. Man United, Chelsea and Arsenal are never going to drop out so there is one place. Man City have billions to spend and Liverpool are getting better. That top four is difficult to make. I don’t know if we’ve got any money to spend. I’ve not asked the chairman yet. We will have to wait and see – if not we will get on with it and go again. We will be strong again next year.”

The Daily Planet: May 11 2011 Rumours

As the football seasons around the world come to a close, Soccer Reviews takes a look at the rumours surfacing everywhere regarding transfers, contracts and more.

Gregory van der Wiel

Chelsea are reportedly in talks to sign Danish-Dutch duo Christian Eriksen and Gregory Van Der Wiel from Ajax this summer. Christian Eriksen was first noticed by Premier League clubs after he put in a fantastic performance for Denmark against England earlier this year. It is thought that Liverpool are also interested in the starlet. Van Der Wiel has been on form with Ajax lately and Chelsea are allegedly interested in bringing the full back to England. The Dutch international has also shown an interest in a move abroad, though Van Der Wiel stated that a move to the Premier League would be ideal.

Nicklas Bendtner

Nicklas Bendtner has started just three times this season for Arsenal, and Fulham’s Mark Hughes has revealed he is keen on bringing the striker to Craven Cottage. In an interview earlier this yeah, Hughes stated that his main goal during this transfer window will be to add to his strike-force, and, with Bendtner looking to move elsewhere in search of first team football, it looks as though the Cottagers will be able to snap up the 23 year old without too much difficulty.

Gael Clichy

Real Madrid and Manchester City have both joined Liverpool in the fight for Arsenal’s Gael Clichy. The Frenchman looked set to sign another contract with the Gunners, but talks broke down last week when he requested a raise from his current £50,000-a-week wages.All three clubs are looking to sign the veteran defender, though Liverpool, who are also looking into the possibility of signing Newcastle’s Jose Enrique, look the least likely of the three to pay the £5.5 million asking price set by Wenger. Arsenal’s longest serving player has massive experience under his belt, so big-money clubs looking to bring him in should be prepared to shell out at least £6 million.

Alexis Sanchez

Roberto Mancini looks poised to make another expensive purchase- this time of Udinese’ forward Alexis Sanchez. Manchester City’s’ CEO Garry Cook was spotted at Udinese’ last match against Lazio, and, while no official statement was given, sources are speculating that Cook was present to scout the young Chilean striker. Sanchez rushed onto the stage of world football following a series of good performances during Chile’s World Cup campaign, and clubs like Manchester United, Inter Milan and City have all shown an interest in snatching the quick forward’s signature. Udinese have set their asking price at €30 million- a price which will certainly throw off any interested clubs; but for teams like Manchester City, no price-tag is too intimidating.

Jan Vertonghen

Another player who may been seen playing at Eastlands next year is Ajax’s Jan Vertonghen. Mancini attended the Dutch cup final between Ajax and Twente in order to get a better look at his latest transfer target. Head coach Frank de Boer has officially confirmed that Manchester City are interested in signing the 24-year-old, but reports suggest that Ajax will settle for nothing less than £13 million for the Belgian international.

Umbro Finds New Pitch

Our friends over at Umbro have given us an update on their Umbro Vs range, which is changing direction for the new season, shifting away from the futsal court to the warm, lush beaches of California. I know this is slightly old news, but as of last month, their latest Vs range has been available on Kitbab and Prodirect. Hopefully we’ll have some reviews coming in the following weeks. In the mean time, an official message from Umbro and some nice pictures to go with.

The pitch moves to the beach with the new season of the Umbro Vs range

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND (24th March 2011) Umbro has today introduced the latest Umbro Vs range, combining the laid back soulful vibes of beach soccer with the grit and determination of five-a-side football.

Following on from last season’s Umbro Vs range that clashed Brazilian futsal culture with five-a-side, the new apparel this time takes its cues from surf culture with twisted tones, bold patterns and clothing made-to-be-worn both on your board and on the pitch.

To build their inspiration, Umbro’s design team visited the home of surf culture, Huntington Beach, California, to develop their latest range.  They also met with the designers at leading surf-brand Hurley to understand how surf wear is constructed and to look at how the performance aspects of surf wear could be leveraged for football performance apparel.  It soon became clear to the team that on the beach you simply wear what feels most comfortable, there is no uniform and individuality is key.

The result is a new Umbro Vs range built out of durable, stretchable fabrics; with unique seam placement to help movement but still possessing the style twists visible along the Californian surf.  Available from April 1st the key pieces are:

Icon Short: Clashing the best in football and surf style, the short is inspired by both the England Home short and the famous Hurley Phantom board short.  Like the Phantom, the Umbro V’s short features an innovative four-way stretch and loses the traditional inside leg seam to enhance mobility. The fabric and welded seem construction allows an unprecedented range of motion in the water or on the pitch.

Shower Jacket: The Umbro Vs shower jacket is crafted to help you concentrate on your football game. A shaped vision hood keeping the rain off but not disrupting your view of the match, the football shower jacket can be kept safe and dry when not in use thanks to the graphic embossed pocket bag and clip hidden discretely on the front of the garment.

Training Jersey: Made from a durable polyester fabric, with a straight raglan seam and darting on the shoulder for increased comfort. The jersey also features a mesh seam on the back for increased breathability.

Over The Knee Short: The Umbro Vs over knee shorts features no side seam to disrupt the graphic with a tailored fit and a special comfort waistband.

The new Umbro Vs range is once again being launched through a campaign featuring different characters that have been created by legendary street artist and cartoonist Todd James (a.k.a. REAS). Representing Manchester and California, the characters have each been given their own personality based on real life characters from the two areas, including three Manchester lads who went to Huntington Beach to see beach soccer for themselves.  Their often hilarious reaction is captured in the Todd James film.

Mizuno Wave Ignitus II

Mizuno Wave Ignitus II

After taking the World Cup by storm last summer, the Wave Ignitus has gone on to become one of the most talked about boots of the 2010/11 season. Fashioned by the likes of Roque Santa Cruz and Japan’s Keisuke Honda, the Wave Ignitus has been made famous for its revolutionary Mukaiten Panel on the medial side of the boot, adding lethal precision to set pieces. ‘Mukaiten’ refers to the Japanese phenomenon of non-spin free kicks with this technology best demonstrated by Keisuke Honda’s stunning free kick in Japan’s 3-1 win against Denmark during the World Cup group stages.

Made from the highest grade kangaroo leather and designed with the revolutionary ‘Dynamotion Fit Concept’, Mizuno have undoubtedly delivered one the best fitting power boots on the market. Not only that, the new stud configuration improves traction on firm ground and reduces stud pressure, improving flexion and enhancing comfort through integrated Mizuno Wave Technology. Having made quite an impact on the ‘power’ boots market, the Wave Ignitus was recently recognised by the Football Boot Awards 2010 as one of the top three football boots of 2010.

Mizuno Wave Ignitus II

Following on from the Ignitus’ iconic and eye-catching yellow colour of 2010, Mizuno have introduced this revolutionary boot in a Black/Pink and Blue Danube/White/Dress Blue leather upper. This truly is a classy addition to the Ignitus family, again demonstrating Mizuno’s understanding of elite player requirements, boot construction and innovation. Fire power has never felt so good.

Mizuno Wave Ignitus II

Important details:

RRP: Mizuno £120

Weight: 270g

Sizes (UK): 6 – 11, 12,13


Also, we will have a full wear test review of the boots up in the next month or so, so stay tuned for that!

Soccer Reviews Investigation: What is the clear Nike sole plate that the pros are wearing?

He’s been wearing them for a little while now, but the sole-plate on Iniesta’s CTR 360 Maestris have caused wide debate on football equipment sites. Not only is Iniesta wearing it, but we’ve seen them on the feet of quite a few players, including Javier Mascherano, Tom Huddlestone and Sulley Muntari. We take a look at what could be Nike’s latest contraption.

Example 1

The sole-plate is really the only thing we’re interested in with these boots. Some are saying that these are simply the sole-plate from the Tiempo. Here’s two comparison images:

Nike Tiempo Legend III Elite White Black Volt Colorway Bottom View

When we first put images of the boot up in one of our boot spotting articles, some people thought it was simply a Tiempo soleplate. It’s actually a fairly good shout. Nearly all of the studs are circular on both the Tiempo and Iniesta’s hybrid. Whatever Iniesta’s sole plate is, it looks like Nike have taken inspiration from the Tiempo sole plate.

However, there is one little difference between this soleplate and the one found on the Tiempo.Close up images of the boot reveal that the middle stud closest to the toe of the boot is triangular. This rules it out being a Tiempo sole plate, however it is a very close match to the Tiempo.

Example 2

We’ve also heard one or two suggestions that the sole plate could also be a Vapor sole plate.

Nike Mercurial Vapor VI White Total Orange Black Colorway Bottom View

Again, no match. The studs on the Vapor are more blade like than the customised sole plate we see on Iniesta. The Vapor sole plate is designed to increase traction and acceleration. These probably aren’t the main purpose of the sole plate we see on Iniesta.


When we first got a sight of the sole plate on Iniesta’s feet last month, we simply thought it was a sole plate specifically designed for the needs of Iniesta. But when we started seeing more and more players wearing the sole plate, we knew we couldn’t wave it away as being customised.

One thing we’ve noticed is that you only see the sole plate on players wearing the CTR 360. From Iniesta to Cesc Fabregras, a lot of Nike stars have been caught wearing the boots. Also, the SG version on Mascherano above show that Nike could be taking this concept a long way.

This isn’t a customised sole plate. We think it’s a concept sole plate. I think this could be one of two things. It could be that Nike are already trialing the sole plate for the next series of CTR 360, hence why they have only been seen on the CTR 360 boots. Or this could be Nike’s answer to a cheaper version of the Elite carbon fiber sole plate. It definitely looks like a lightweight option and it is probably cheaper than stuffing boots with carbon fiber.

What do you think the sole plate is all about? Could this be the new ‘Elite’ sole plate?

Adidas Adipure IV Black/Zero Metallic/Fresh Splash & Adipure SL Zero Metallic/Black/Matte Gold Colorways

Adidas are just exploding with colorways for their latest boots recently and now adding to the pack is another Adipure IV colorway and a new Adipure SL colorway.

Adidas Adipure IV Black/Zero Metallic/Fresh Splash

This is a great new addition to the Adipure IV line, the blue and black combine for a classy colorway with with a ‘Fresh Splash’.

Ball Control Elements No Ball Control Elements
Date Released 2010
External Heel Counter Has Counter
How Attached To Upper Cemented to Upper, Riveted to Upper
Insole Material EVA Foam
Insole Removable Removable
Lacing Centered Laces
Number of Studs 11 Studs
Primary Upper Material Kangaroo Leather
Removable Studs Not Removable
Shoe Classification Classic / Heritage
Sizing Runs True to Size
Special Outsole Performance Features No Special Features
Stud Material PU
Stud Shape Bladed Studs
Suitable For Suitable for Firm Ground
Weight Normal 9-10oz

Adidas Adipure SL Zero Metallic/Black/Matte Gold

The latest edition to the Adipure SL looks a lot more flashy then first expected, the shiny white leather and gold will definitely be spotted on the pitch!

Ball Control Elements No Ball Control Elements
Date Released 2011
External Heel Counter Has Counter
How Attached To Upper Cemented to Upper
Insole Material EVA Foam
Insole Removable Removable
Lacing Centered Laces
Number of Studs 11 Studs
Primary Upper Material Kangaroo Leather
Removable Studs Not Removable
Shoe Classification Classic / Heritage, Speed
Sizing Runs True to Size
Special Outsole Performance Features No Special Features
Stud Material PU
Stud Shape Bladed Studs
Suitable For Suitable for Firm Ground
Weight Super Light < 8oz

What do you think of these latest colorways by Adidas?

Boot Spotting: May 2 – May 8

The end of the football season is slowly edging closer towards us and that means that every match has some kind of significance. This past week we were treated to some great and surprising boot spots and as always Soccer Reviews are the first on the web to bring them to you. It’s a pretty mammoth article today so lets get started (and be sure to read till the end for some awesome extra boot spots!)

Daniele Corvia (Lecce) – adiPure SL

I don’t think we’ve had an adiPure SL spot ever on Soccer Reviews, so this is the first. They are an extremely rare boot to spot but we’ve found Corvia wearing a pair.


Mauro Zarate (Udinese Calcio) – adiZero

Zarate spotted in a really nice looking pair of black out adiZeros, he’s left the heel counter white and it makes the boot look even better.

Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) – Pantofola d’Oro Lazzarini

We’re not sure about this one, Johnathan Walters spotted in a pair of Pantofola d’Oro Lazzarini, he used to be a Puma wearer so this is a rather interesting spot.

Germany U-17 National Team – adiZero/ adiZero Prime

It make take you a while to notice what the interesting thing about this photo is but examine the photo closely and you’ll see that 10 out of 11 of the players are wearing adiZeros! It’s quite an extraordinary sight,and if you look closely you’ll see some of them have added red laces to their boots.

Jackson Martinez (Jaguares) – adidas Predator Pulse

Here’s a spot of Jackson Martinez of Jaguares wearing some adidas Predator Pulses that we hardly ever see. Great colour co-ordination with his kit though.

Yusuke Mori (Tokyo Verdy) – adiZero

We’ve gone over to the J-League with this spot, although they don’t look like them at first Mori is wearing a blacked out pair of adiZeros.

Myojin Tomokazu (Gamba Osaka) – Umbro Akusereita SJ 2a


Although Umbro don’t have many boots made for the Japanese market only, the Akusereita is one of them and we’ve spotted Tomokazu wearing a pair. They are a light weight leather speed boot, that looks like a hybrid between many of Umbro’s boots.

Matthew Foschini (Melbourne Victory) – adidas Predator X

It’s weird to see David Beckham’s Predator X colourway on the feet of someone other than himself and that’s the case with Foschini of the Victory.

Franco Razzotti (Velez Sarsfield) – adidas Predator X

We’re not 100% sure about this one but from what we can tell it looks like Razzotti is sporting a pair of blacked out Predator Xs.

Javier Saviola (SL Benfica) – adiPure 3

Saviola of Benfica was spotted in a almost white out pair of adiPure 3s during his sides match against Sporting Braga.

Rudi Skacel (Hearts) – adiZero

Here we have Rudi Skacel wearing a mixed sole plate version of the original adiZeros, you don’t see mixed soleplates on these boots that often so this is a bit of a unique spot.

Guly Do Prado  (Southampton) – Mercurial Vapor Superfly 3

It’s become a bit of an obsession to find players in blue Superfly’s here at Soccer Reviews, mainly because they are a hugely underrated and under worn colourway. We hardly ever see them in the ‘big leagues’ and this is the case with this spot as it comes from League 1.

Steven Nzonzi (Blackburn Rovers) – Nike CTR 360 Maestri

Nzonzi was wearing adiZeros last time we saw him on the ptich but now he’s made the rather perplexing switch into the original CTRs, why he hasn’t gone with the new ones is beyond us.

Mauricio Pinilla (Palermo) – Umbro GT Pro

Umbro’s forage into the speed boot market has been rather successful despite the fact that next to none professionals are wearing the boot. Pinilla of Palermo was wearing the white/blue colourway a couple of weeks ago but has now switched into a mixed sole plate version of the orange/black GT Pros.

Antonio Nocerino (Palermo) – Unknown

We saw Nocerino wearing these during a training session in mid-week but we still can’t figure out what exactly he’s wearing. We’ll leave it up to you guys to battle it out in the comments section.

EXTRAS  (Because a Soccer Reviews boot spotting isn’t complete without them)

Raul Meireles (Liverpool) – Nike Tiempo IV

Raul Meireles was spotted getting bullied by teammates Pepe Reina and Lucas. Although we don’t know why,  we suspect it could be because of his awesome boot choice in the form of a blacked out pair of Tiempo IVs.

Maxi Rodriguez (Liverpool) – adiPower Predator

Adidas’ worst kept secret, the adiPower Predators spotted on the feet of Maxi Rodriguez. We see these boots so often that we’re not sure if we can consider them an ‘extra’ anymore.

Phew. That’s all for today. Did we miss any boot spots that you saw? If so, leave a comment in the section below and, what do you think Nocerino and Walters are wearing? (If you have any cool boot spots you’d like for us to feature send an email to [email protected] and we’ll be sure to feature it!)

Roque Santa Cruz Debuts New Mizuno Wave Ignitus II

He may have had a somewhat unflattering twenty minutes on the pitch but what we were keen to see were Roque Santa Cruz boots, the new Mizuno Wave Ignitus II.

Santa Cruz has enjoyed more success with Blackburn this season after falling out of favor at Man City, but last night against West Ham he came on as a substitute and made very little impact. However, on his feet were the new Mizuno Wave Ignitus 2 in the pink/black colourway. Mizuno have joined adidas and Under Armor in releasing new boots, first with the Mizuno Morelia Ultra Lights and now with these boots.

Because he had very little impact on the game it was hard to find a picture of Santa Cruz in the new boots, but after some searching we managed to find one. One things for sure, they stand out and although this image isn’t the best it gives us a little glimpse at the colourway that some people are suggesting will be specifically for European markets.

Mizuno’s other main Wave Ignitus man, Keisuke Honda has been wearing the blue colourway for quite some time and has given us a little insight into the changes of the boot. Mizuno have been listening to consumer feedback and have shifted the position of the unique Mukaiten panel that should make it easier to knuckle the ball. There is also a new heel counter made of tougher material that will offer a tighter fit around the heel in turn offering more support.

What do you think about the Wave Ignitus IIs? Leave a comment in the section below.

View from the Couch: Can you all cut the referees some slack?

Whenever the media mention the ‘r word’, it’s instantly followed by an absolute pasting about refereeing standards. It’s hard to actually talk about refereeing unless you understand what we go through. We’re the only ones who know how much pressure is placed on us each time the whistle is blown or raise the flag.

Refereeing ‘experts’ like Jose Mourinho believes that all referees are biased towards Barca. Decisions like Pepe’s red card and Higuain’s disallowed goal on Tuesday have infuriated Mourinho and his glory hunters. So we’re all biased eh Jose?

I’m really not allowed to say what I want to say, but it starts with ‘p’ and the second word is ‘off!’

Seriously Jose, your comments really are a disgrace to football and the club you work for. You’ve tarnished your club’s famous reputation from a successful European club into a club full of divers, whiners and spoilt footballers. Even your club’s ex-president Ramon Calderon thinks so.

I watched the first leg of the Real Madrid vs Barcelona game and I saw the Pepe challenge in real-time. I thought it was a red the moment I saw it. How many of us thought it was a red as well? It wasn’t until we saw the slow motion replay that we found out that Busquets dived like the typical Spanish footballer he is. Did Jose really think that it was a red card from the second he saw it? It took the rest of the world two or three replays until we found out he dived. We get one look at everything until we give out a decision. We aren’t going to get it right every time. We’re not all freakishly good like Pierluigi Collina.

Perhaps the biggest talking point from the return leg of Real vs Barca on Tuesday night was Higuain’s goal that never was. Ronaldo was clean on goal and passed it off to Higuain before he fell, rolled over a few times and collided with Mascherano. Higuan actually finished the move, but referee Frank de Bleeckere disallowed the goal as Ronaldo was said to have impeded Mascherano. After the game at the airport on the way home, Ronaldo and Mourinho made ‘robbed’ hand gestures to the fans and media before they boarded their flights.

It’s a pity that Ronaldo and Mourinho have but such a negative image on the game. It was actually a thrilling contest, but it’s been overshadowed by the antics of Mourinho and his poster boy Ronaldo. While it may have been a foul, I couldn’t see it affecting the final score of the contest. Frank de Bleeckere actually had a very good game.

One thing that infuriated me about that incident is how Mascherano went down as if he died. It’s the thing that often puts me off watching the Italian and Spanish leagues. Sure, the players are amongst the most talented in the world, but they go down for anything. Busquets clutching his face after Marcelo pushed him in the chest is perhaps the one that comes to mind first. Ronaldo claimed after the game that the Spanish game has caused Mascherano to suddenly become a diver. I think Ronaldo should have a look at himself before he starts criticising others.

Something that nearly all football fans will ever feel is the pressure that the players, managers, fans and media put on the referee. Every little mistake will be dissected and replayed all over the world. If a player makes a mistake in a game, say a misplaced pass, it’ll be quickly forgotten. If a referee made a mistake that was the equivalent of a misplaced pass, say giving a corner instead of a goal kick, we’re instantly made to look like the bad guy.

The biggest crowd I’ve refereed in front of was around 1,000 people in the VPL U21 league. It’s pretty much the equivalent of refereeing a Blue Square Premier League game, the fifth tier of English football. I thought that refereeing in front of 1,000 people was immense. A thousand people were shouting at their players, which was often followed by the casual abuse towards me whenever a decision didn’t go their team’s way.

Howard Webb will have the same thing done to him on Sunday, except you can multiply my crowd figure by 90. Oh and you’ll have millions watching around the world as well. I felt pressure refereeing my game, I might as well have been doing an Under 9’s game when you compare it to what he’ll be feeling.

Howard Webb will forever be remembered for not disciplining De Jong for his kamikaze tackle on Alonso at the World Cup final. How do you think he felt afterwards, knowing the whole world knows you made the wrong decision?

But let’s face it, we are always going to have referees making mistakes in football, and I’ve probably made my fair share of them. It’s the criticism in the press and some arrogant managers who make these mistakes to be bigger than they really are. Whenever a referee knows he’s made a mistake, he doesn’t need Jose Mourinho to come out after the game and pound the message home.

We know when we’ve made mistakes, but we make the decision when we only get one look at the incident. When you watch the game at home, you probably think it’s a wrong decision after you’ve seen three replays, each of them at a different angle and one of them in slow motion. We get one look and one angle. We aren’t always going to get it right. If we didn’t have any mistakes by the refs, football would be a pretty boring game and we probably wouldn’t have much to talk about.

The Daily Planet: Mancini Demands More Money

Manchester City’s Roberto Mancini has once again asked for more funds as City succumbed to yet another embarrassing defeat, this time at the hands of Everton who came back from behind to win 2-1 at Goodison Park. With the likes of Silva, Dzeko, Boateng, Kolarov, and Milner all just recently brought in, it seemed City finally had a complete squad, but Mancini has revealed his doubts.

Roberto Mancini

As the Manchester club heads into their FA cup final against Stoke City, Mancini has come out and expressed his thoughts on the upcoming transfer season and why more funds will need to be made available if City are going to try and bring home some silverware this season.

”For us to stay near the top for a long time was good but during a moment in the season, like February or March when we played Europa League, Premier League and FA Cup, we played every three days.”

His reason, or rather his excuse, for not being as successful as first promised was Manchester’s lacking of a full squad. The 46 year old former Inter Milan manager compared his squad with their biggest rivals’ with claims that United can ‘make changes to win trophies’ because of their infinite squad.

“It’s very difficult if you don’t have a big list of players – it’s impossible to go on for the final of these cups and play for the title. United will play eight or nine different players from the side that played Schalke for the match against Chelsea. They can make these changes and still win.”

Mancini Plans To Bring In More Players

Mancini firmly believes that winning the FA cup tie against Stoke is ‘crucial’ if they are to win the Premiership next season.
“It’s crucial for us to win the FA Cup, then next year we can improve our squad and get other players.”

“If we want to play for the title next season, it’s very important to start to win something. Then, in the future, Manchester City will be a strong team in Europe.”

The Daily Planet: May 7th 2011 Rumours

As the football seasons around the world come to a close, Soccer Reviews takes a look at the rumours surfacing everywhere regarding transfers, contracts and more.

Arjen Robben

Reports coming from the Serie A state that Italian giants AC Milan and Inter Milan are both looking to sign Bayern Munich star Arjen Robben as soon as the transfer window opens. Robben, whose contract ends in the summer of 2013, has put in a series of great performances in both league and international games. The Dutch winger spent time with PSV, Chelsea and Real Madrid before moving to Bayern in August 2009 for a fee of €25 million. The former German league champions have already warned off any clubs interested in their prized winger after they reportedly told the German news that Robben’s worth had at least doubled in the past year.

Jose Enrique

With Liverpool currently facing an injury crisis and in desperate need of a defender, little options remain at the back and already back ups such as John Flanagan have been brought in to fill in the gaps at the back. While the youngsters have put in some good performances at the back, manager Kenny Dalglish has repeatedly shown interest in signing someone with more experience, and Newcastle left-back Jose Enrique is allegedly interested in a move to Merseyside. The Reds have already shown they are prepared to spend money on new signings this summer, and Enrique, whose contract ends next season, would be a good investment by owners FSG (Fenway Sports Group).

Alberto Aquilani

Alberto Aquilani is looking to make his move to Juventus permanent by the summer transfer window, although Liverpool‘s asking price of £16 million is a bit much for the Italian club. Both Aquilani and Giuseppe Marotta, the club’s general manager, have expressed an interest in finalizing the deal and, with Liverpool not currently in need of another midfielder, it looks as though the 26 year old will be staying with Juventus.

David Beckham

With David Beckham‘s playing career coming to a close, the former English national is looking to stay involved with his country through other ways off the pitch. According to the 36 year old, he will most likely be playing a part in the upcoming 2012 Olympics which are set to be held in England. “So far I’ve heard I’m going to be managing, coaching, playing, so we’ll see – but I would like to be part of it in some way.” It appears that Beckham could be doing anything from managing the English squad to helping clean the kits, but it is a certainty that he will be a member of England’s 2012 Olympic football campaign.