Tuesday, September 23, 2008

New Blues in Town?

We just got our sample of the Manchester United Third Shirt down in Birmingham and decided to give you a little insight into the jersey that Ronaldo, Rooney, and new signing Berbatov will be wearing as the 'Red' Devils try to make their way to Rome for a return to the Champions League Final.

This blue jersey is a tribute to United's European Cup win in 1968 in which they donned blue kits. Therefore, this kit features embroidery around the badge and a throwback badge in the collar as evidence.

Aside from what you can read on United's website, the kit is very plain (surely because the '68 kits were very plain). But to be clear, this is not a 'throwback' jersey and is definitely more of a 'commemorative' jersey. So the 'AIG' logo is still on the shirt and the badge used on the front is the current logo. Also, to make sure that the likes of Tevez and Evra are in peak playing condition, the materials used for this shirt are far from the materials used in '68. The NikeFIT material feels great.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Real and Bayern Champions League Shirts

What do the Merengues and Die Roten have in common? Well, besides having the biggest trophy cases in their respective nations: Spain and Germany (both of which were EURO 2008 finalists, by the way) and are sponsored by adidas, who happen to be the merchandiser of the UEFA Champions League , and therefore have been given some special Champions League jerseys, which we just so happen to have available.

The Bayern Munich Official UEFA Champions League Short Sleeved Soccer Jersey by adidas.

Show your support for Die Roten as they make another attempt at a 5th European Cup trophy by pulling on this sweet third jersey.

The white shirt includes embroidered team badge with 4 stars over the heart, UEFA Champions League patch on right sleeve, and UCL trophy patch on left. Made of advanced ClimaCool for high-performance and moisture control whether you put it on for your own top-level matches or just to cheer on FC Bayern!

This is your Official Home UEFA Champions League Short Sleeved Soccer Jersey of Spain's La Liga Champions Real Madrid Club de FĂștbol from adidas. Blancos fans will fall in love with this advanced new design for their beloved Madrid club: features a redesigned fold-over collar and more mesh than ever before
With embroidered Real Madrid team badge and adidas logo at front with screened sponsor design - also features UEFA Champions League patche on right sleeve and UCL trophy patch on left sleeve, flag on upper right chest, and comes in a special UEFA Champions League garment bag. As usual, top adidas club jerseys are made of with ClimaCool® - advanced material engineered to reduce heat and moisture build-up, allowing increased comfort and performance – to keep you feeling fresh no matter how long the big Blancos match goes on.

Show your love for Real Madrid and their 9 UEFA Champions League titles with this special edition Champions League Soccer Jersey!

Monday, September 8, 2008

Glen Johnson's Lotto Due for WC 2010

England defender Glen Johnson is kicking it with Lotto for the World Cup 2010 Qualifiers.

Last Saturday, England defender and newly signed Lotto testimonial Glen Johnson was lined up in the qualifying match against Andorra wearing the Lotto Zhero Leggenda Due Soccer Boots(White/Fiery Red). The 24-year-old the Portsmouth Captain just signed a three-year deal with Lotto, which also includes the sponsoring of the player's football school based in Kent involving over 2000 children.

After 4 years with Chelsea and winning two Premier League titles, Johnson joined Portsmouth last season, crowning the season with the 2008 FA Cup.

The signing of Johnson signifies an important partnershp which will enhance the brand awareness of Lotto not only in the UK but also at international level.

The initial result: Johnson was taken down hard in the 49th minute and the consequent free-kick led to the first England goal.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Be Nice to Your Kids

So, someone at the office needed some gifts for some relatives and look what arrived. I really wanted to post these because of the absolutely great packaging in which these little kits arrived. The England kit arrived on a hanger in a plastic bag just as pictured and the France kit is tucked away very nicely in a box from adidas, making these kids kits perfect gifts.

Also, the actual kits are so much like the real ones that you'll have to watch them to make sure they don't wonder out on the pitch (bad joke, I know). But really, the fabrics are superb and even have little mesh panels just like the big ones. The badges are embroidered on, and look great. There's no better way to trick your kids into supporting your team just like you!

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adidas “FINALE 8” Match Ball

At the Group Stage Draw for the UEFA Champions League™ in Monaco August 29th, adidas and UEFA unveiled the adidas “FINALE 8”, the official match ball of the competition. Visit the World Soccer Shop to buy one today.

Like the “EUROPASS”, the ball which was used for UEFA EURO 2008™, the ball’s new surface structure allows players to control and direct it perfectly in all weather conditions. The revolutionary PSC-Texture™, which gives the ball goose bumps, consists of a sophisticated and extremely fine structure on the ball’s outer skin that guarantees optimum grip between ball and boot.

CLICK HERE to check out the adidas Finale 8 Match Ball and get one to have for your weekend matches.

The new “FINALE 8” balls for the 2008/2009 season will be delivered to the 32 qualified clubs within the next few days. With the start of the new European season, adidas will for the third time supply the Match Balls for all UEFA Champions League™ games.

The adidas “FINALE 8” is based on the traditional UEFA Champions League™ star ball design and reflects the colors which can be seen at the different venues: indigo represents the sky, indigo metallic refers to the floodlights and rave green stands for the grass.

The “FINALE 8” was presented to the general public and the media with a giant UEFA Champions League™ logo in front of the Grimaldi Forum, where the draw took place. The giant ball, part of the famous UEFA Champions League™ logo, this time consisted of 200 “FINALE 8” match balls.

Like the “EUROPASS”, the adidas “FINALE 8” is constructed out of 14 panels using revolutionary Thermal Bonding Technology. This combined with the new PSC-Texture™ surface structure gives the “FINALE 8” its perfect handling characteristics and allows the players exceptional ball control. The unique outer skin improves power transmission, creates greater swerve and increases accuracy on the pitch, in all conceivable weather conditions. And for the goalkeeper too, providing a much better grip between glove and ball, substantially improves his catching of the ball.

adidas’ experience in football production is unequalled. adidas first began the production of footballs in 1963 and is the world’s leading manufacturer, always at the cutting edge of technology. Since 1970, adidas has provided the official match ball for all major UEFA and FIFA tournaments, including since 2005 for all UEFA Champions League™ games. The UEFA Champions League™ final has been played with an adidas ball since the 2000/2001 season. Since 2008, adidas is also the supplier of the official ball for the Africa Cup of Nations organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

In the future, adidas will continue to use innovative technology to extend its world-leading position in football production and thus strengthen its position as the authentic symbol for high-performance sporting goods for professionals and amateurs alike. adidas also intends to unveil more revolutionary innovations in match ball production for the UEFA, FIFA and CAF competitions.

The new match ball has already been in retail since July 1, 2008.

Thanks to Soccer365.com for providing this information.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

New Man United Third Jersey

World Soccer Shop is proud to feature the special edition Manchester United Third Jersey - celebrating the 40th anniversary of Manchester United's first Eurpean Victory. On May 29th 1968, Manchester United beat Portugal's Benfica to become the first English team to lift the European Cup trophy. During that legendary match Manchester United wore all blue.

Man United Celebrate the 40th anniversary of their most historic win with the Official Manchester United FC Third Short Sleeve Soccer Jersey from Nike -

In order to defend their 07/08 UEFA Champions League title, the Red Devils were inspired by the success of 1968, when they wore blue, becoming the first English team to lift the European Cup. To commemorate the 40th anniversary of that glorious night, Nike has created a kit worthy of that great team and their famous 4-1 win over Benfica at Wembley.

The outstanding shirt features 40th Anniversary embroidered around the team badge and May 29th 1968. Manchester United's official third jersey has an embroidered Manchester United team badge and Nike logo with screened sponsor design.

A moisture-wicking weave and technology offers cool comfort no matter how hard you're cheering on Manchester United.