Friday, January 29, 2010

adidas F50i TUNIT Champions League Start Kit

The UEFA Champions League knockout stages are set to begin February 16th, and to get geared up, we introduce the

adidas F50 TUNIT Champions League Start Kit (Light Scarlet/White/Metallic Gold)!

The adidas F50i range has proven to be very popular this season, largely due to the boots' innovative design and performance attributes, but also because of the striking color combinations (colourways) they have launched. These new Scarlets are no doubt the boldest release, thus far.


The upper is made of an innovative material developed by adidas called SprintSkin. The single-skin material gives great touch and feel for the ball while reducing weight, plus its synthetic properties make durable for the rigors of the game. The adidas F50i football boots feature a print application, positioned in-step to assist ball control by increasing friction. To enhance ball contact, adidas has redesigned the lace-cover which is now 'thermobonded' onto the upper creating a cleaner ball striking surface.


The adidas F50i football boots come offer a choice of insoles so you can select between lightweight or comfort; to further enhance the fit these boots have a padded boot collar and tongue. The clear section at the heel area is made from a stronger and sturdier thermoplastic than the rest of the boot, to provide the support, stability and protection you need and expect from a heel counter.


Always unique to the adidas F50 range is the TUNIT technology: allowing players to choose either studs or a street outsole - with the interchangeable studs suitable for soft, firm and hard ground surfaces so these boots can adapt and be worn in all playing conditions.

Check out the entire range of UEFA Champions League Soccer Products.

Monday, January 25, 2010

adidas Jabulani 2010 MLS Match Soccer Ball

Jabulani means 'to celebrate', thus it was only fitting that adidas use the Zulu name on their official league soccer balls.

So, we give you the

Official adidas Jabulani 2010 MLS Match Soccer Ball!

About the Ball

The Major League Soccer ball features the same new technology and radical design as the adidas "JABULANI" - the Official Match Ball for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa.

adidas has been the provider of MLS match balls since 2006, consistently keeping with the blue, green and silver color scheme highlighted in the MLS logo.


The newly-developed "Grip'n'Groove" profile offers an exceptionally stable flight and perfect grip for all weather conditions. Comprised of only eight completely new, thermally bonded 3-D panels, which for the first time are spherically molded, make the ball perfectly round and the most accurate soccer ball ever.

3-D Panel Shapes

The Official adidas MLS Match Ball also features a completely new, ground-breaking technology: Eight 3-D spherically-formed EVA and TPU panels are molded together, harmoniously enveloping the inner carcass. The result is an energetic unit combined with perfect roundness. Players all over world soccer are enthusiastic about the design and are promising lots of goals with this new ball.

Aero Grooves

Aero grooves create the clearly visible profile on the ball's surface. The Grip'n'Groove profile circles round the entire ball in an optimal aerodynamic way. The integrated grooves provide unmatched flight characteristics, making this the most stable and most accurate adidas ball ever. The ground-breaking performance features of the ball have been confirmed in comprehensive comparison tests at Loughborough University in England and countless checks in the wind tunnel and the adidas football laboratory in Scheinfeld, Germany.


Since the introduction of the "goose bumps" surface for the last European Championship ball, the 'microtexture' of the new ball's outer skin has also been given a visible face-lift. The ball has a futuristic texture with fantastic grip, giving players full control over the ball under all weather conditions.

Friday, January 22, 2010

England 10/11 Away Soccer Shirt

This summer the England National Team will be away at South Africa, playing for their second World Cup title. Though the shirt will not be seen until March 3rd when England play Egypt at Wembley, one thing we know for sure: like the home shirt, it is tailored by Umbro.


the Official Umbro England National Team 10/11 Away Range

is available for pre-order now!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Los Angeles Galaxy MLS 10/11 Home Soccer Jersey

Major League Soccer's version of los Galacticos, the LA Galaxy, finally managed a winning season with Beckham, and went further, reaching the MLS Cup final. This season expectations will surely be even higher.

It all starts here, with the new

Official adidas Los Angeles Galaxy MLS 10/11 Home Soccer Jersey!

For style, the redesigned jersey has futuristic epaulet-like trim over the shoulders with undulating lines running down the sides. For performance, it's made from adidas ClimaLite® - Soft, breathable fabric used to wick moisture away from the skin, thereby keeping you drier and more comfortable, when you play or support your favorite MLS soccer team!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Real Salt Lake MLS 10/11 Home/Away Soccer Jersey

Real Salt Lake stunned the soccer world by beating the favored LA Galaxy on penalties to win the 2009 MLS Cup. Therefore, we thought it fitting to begin the new MLS 2010 season gear blog series with the

Official adidas Real Salt Lake MLS 10/11 Home/Away Soccer Jersey!

The new-look RSL home & away jerseys include embroidered team badge over your heart, adidas logo on the right shoulder, with screened Xango sponsor logo on the front, MLS patch on the right arm, and they're made from adidas ClimaLite® - Soft, breathable fabric used to wick moisture away from the skin, thereby keeping you drier and more comfortable, when you play or celebrate your 2009 MLS Champs!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Paraguay 10/11 Home Soccer Jersey

Quickly becoming a powerhouse in CONMEBOL - this summer, the Guaranis will make their 4th consecutive World Cup appearance.

Salvador Cabañas, Roque Santa Cruz and the rest of the Paraguayan National Fútbol Team will don this cool new

Official adidas Paraguay 10/11 Home Soccer Jersey - ready for pre-order now!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Denmark 10/11 Home Soccer Jersey

We can't wait for World Cup 2010! It is our greatest wish - goal if you will - to have all 32 teams' official jerseys.

We're thus quite proud to bring you the official home jersey of one of this competition's Cinderella teams.

Denmark 10/11 Home Soccer Jersey.

The new shirt design pays tribute to past football heroes and great achievements, and is inspired from the flag of Denmark, the Dannebrog. The 11 dotted lines across the chest are a tribute to the collective of the national team and 11 players who are on the pitch for the Danish Dynamite. The shirt is made with adidas 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 you play, train and cheer on your favorite World Cup 2010 soccer team!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Italy '82 World Cup Jerseys

In the 1982 World Cup, Italy defeated Germany in the Final to win its 3rd title (and first since 1938). The Azzurri upset Brazil, the prohibitive favorite, in the second round thanks to a heroic hat trick from Paolo Rossi.

We're glad to offer not one, but two retro soccer jerseys that commemorate Italy's historic triumph!

Italy World Cup 82 Away Soccer Jersey.

Italy World Cup 82 Home Soccer Jersey.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Best of World Soccer '09

The Best of 2009

Without a doubt, 2009 was a great year for soccer! England got a new (old) shirt, Cristiano Ronaldo got a new team; and the USA made the World Cup 2010 in resounding fashion!

England – Tailored to Win

Early this year, England launched their new shirt by Umbro, which brought together the traditional values of classic tailoring with modern fabric technology and a revolutionary design philosophy: Style meets performance. Consequently, Fabio Capello’s Lions cruised through to qualifying for South Africa 2010.

Speaking of England

Man United – Kings of England

The juggernaut that is Manchester United Football Club effectively took over as the top team In England - winning their 3rd consecutive Premier League (record 11th) title, (and 18th overall First Division title, tying Liverpool).

They also cruised through to the UEFA Champions League finals, where they clashed with another Superclub clad in Nike gear; and Nike had a great year, as the US sports giants came up with a revolutionary shoe technology, bridging the gap between old heavy slow and new super light speed!

The Superfly – The Lightest Thing on 2 feet

As the biggest soccer star in the world, Cristiano Ronaldo’s boots could not be ordinary, thus Nike went out of their way to create a boot that would be worthy of their mystical ‘airness’. What they created was the Mercurial Superfly: 6.8 ounces built for speed, that pretty much says it all. This slick boot has innovative Flywire technology, carbon fiber outsole, vented insole, and cored-out studs for the lightest boot to ever hit the field.

Ronaldo & the Red Devils were runners up in Europe to

Barça – the Treble (and More)

When FC Barcelona hired rookie coach, the young former player Pep Guardiola, no one really expected immediate success. What the Camp Nou faithful got was much more than they could’ve dreamed of. The Catalans went on a tear, conquering everything in site, starting with La Liga, the Copa del Rey, Super Copa de España, UEFA Super Cup, and the UEFA Champions League, and recently, their first FIFA Club World Cup—making it an unheard of 6th trophy in 2009!

Nevertheless, that was not the only big happening in Spain in ‘09

Real Madrid – Return of the Galácticos

Since the 2010 UEFA Champions League final was destined to be played in Madrid, everyone in the galaxy knew Real Madrid was going to take steps to bolster the team that finished second in La Liga. What no one expected was that the Merengues would land not one, but two of the top players in World Soccer: Kaká and Cristiano Ronaldo. Then they added top talents like Karim Benzema and Xabi Alonso: thereby doing everything $ could buy to secure a place at home in the European final.

One of Real’s top signings – Kaká - was busy playing for his country in the

Confederations Cup 2009 – Brazil Shines Again

In the precursor to the World Cup, everything pointed to a battle of heavyweights, as Spain and Brazil started strong. After two big losses by a combined 6-1, Team USA looked headed for an early exit. Nevertheless, the Yanks beat Egypt 3-0 and got some help in order advance. Facing the Euro 2008 champions, no one gave them much of a shot, but Clint Dempsey and the US shocked the world by beating Spain, thus ending the Spaniards’ streak of 15 straight victories, and making its first final in any FIFA competition. In the finale, USA got an early 2-0 lead in the first half, but the final 45 were all Brazil as they scored 3 goals to win their 3rd Confederations Cup.

That was not, however, the only soccer history the US made in 2009.

Summer of Soccer in the USA

Some of the biggest clubs in World Soccer toured the United States in the Summer of ’09. It all got started with the first ever World Football Challenge, where England’s Chelsea, Italy’s Milanese duo of AC & Inter, and Mexican giants Club América squared off in a mini exhibition tournament that went from coast to coast and drew huge crowds at each venue. Real Madrid, FC Barcelona & Chivas followed suit with massive crowds of their own. Showing the world that the US is passionate about soccer, hoping FIFA would take notice as we bid for an upcoming World Cup.

All the great teams touring the US just made fans hungry for more great soccer, for which our own domestic league was ready

MLS ’09 – Beckham (and the Galaxy) Finally Shines

The 2009 Major League Soccer season was unforgettable. It marked the first season of the Seattle Sounders FC, a team that got off to a great start and made the playoffs! Yet the biggest news in MLS was Beckham and the Galaxy. Becks & Donovan teamed up well and took the Galaxy to their first MLS Cup in four years. Yet they came up just short, as Real Salt Lake took home their first Cup after a grueling penalty shootout.

While Beckham’s home team cruised to World Cup qualification, some of World Soccer’s biggest stars (some of whom had been here in the summer): Messi, Henry & Ronaldo, were on national teams struggling for

World Cup Qualifying – The Hand of Henry

Heavyweights Portugal, Argentina & France struggled throughout qualifying. Portugal could not even count on their star as he was injured for their two playoff matches, which they eeked out 1-0 in versus Bosnia-Herzegovina. Argentina barely snuck through on the last matchday with a 1-0 at Uruguay. Then there came arguably the biggest (at least most controversial) moment of 2009. France vs. Ireland. Everyone in the world saw that Henry’s extra time game-winner was a handball, except the refs! Consequently, the ’98 champions advanced to South Africa, and despite massive appeals, Ireland was left out.

One team that did not need a playoff was the USA

World Cup Qualifying – Team USA Finishes Strong

Despite coming up short in the Confed Cup, the Yanks were ready to make a splash in


On October 10, 2009, the the United States wrapped up a spot in the World Cup with a 2–3 win over Honduras. Four days later, the U.S. locked up first place in the group with a dramatic 2–2 draw against Costa Rica.

The Draw - Jabulani

In December the much-anticipated World Cup 2010 draw finally arrived. Bob Bradley’s team got a favorable yet interesting draw in Group C, as they will battle Algeria, Slovenia, and none other than England! The Group of Death was determined, as Group has Netherlands, Denmark, Japan and Cameroon, all very strong coming in.

During the draw, the adidas World Cup 2010 Jabulani Official Soccer Match Ball was also revealed:

Jabulani means to celebrate in Zulu, one of the 11 languages of South Africa, and the design of the Jabulani has 11 colors to honor those 11 languages, in addition to the 11 communities of South Africa and and the 11 players on a team. The 11 colors also honor the fact that this is adidas' 11th FIFA World Cup ball.


As we look back at the awesome year that was – 2009 – we can see how much more amazing 2010 will be. Not only will it be a new decade, but it will be a World Cup year, which, for us soccer fans, is true nirvana.