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Nike USA Authentic N98 Jacket

Nike USA Centennial Collection

As you may have seen earlier today, Nike has released a brand new jersey to celebrate 100 years of U.S. soccer. In addition to the jersey, Nike has also released some other great looking products as part of its USA Centennial Collection. Since we’ve already taken a look at the jersey, we are now going to take a look at two other great products: the Nike USA authentic N98 jacket and the Nike5 Gato USA 100 leather indoor soccer shoe.

The Nike USA authentic N98 jacket looks spectacular and is comfortable as well. This jacket is perfect to keep you warm while still remaining stylish. It is predominantly navy blue with a single red stripe going down each arm to tie in the country’s colors. Subtle vertical stripes also run up the front of the jacket to provide a little more style instead of plain navy. It’s a minor detail but it looks awesome.

Since this jacket is part of the Centennial Collection, it features the Centennial crest on the left chest. The Centennial crest, unlike the modern USA crest, has thirteen stars and stripes to represent the original 13 colonies. It is a great looking crest and, in my opinion, should become the regular crest on all USA soccer gear. It is simplistic but looks fantastic. Finally, we move to the back of the jacket where we see “USA” pressed on so everyone can see where your support lies.

This jacket is a cotton/polyester mix, which is very comfortable. It is also fairly thick to provide enough protection from the wintery weather to keep you warm. The neck of the jacket goes a little higher than most jackets. It almost provides a turtleneck look, which is nice to keep wind out and provides warmth.

Even though there are currently some cool looking USA jackets, this is my favorite. I like the combination of red and blue and the Centennial crest. The combination of great design and comfort make this jacket the perfect option for any USA fan.

SoccerPro does not normally carry shoes; therefore, Soccerprose does not normally look at too many shoes. However, as part of the Centennial Collection Nike released a pair of great looking shoes.

The Nike5 Gato USA 100 leather indoor shoes are off-white/cream, which should help make them a little easier to keep clean than pure white shoes. These shoes also feature navy blue to tie in the national colors in the design while also maintaining a stylish look. The shoes tongue features the Centennial crest above the laces to show that these are part of the Centennial Collection. However, the coolest part of these shoes is the outsole. The outsole has stars and stripes to, once again, tie in the United States flag. It looks awesome and is a nice touch by Nike.

As the name suggests, the upper is made of leather to make these extremely durable since they are built for indoor soccer. With durability in mind, these shoes also have toe and medial overlay to help keep the toe from tearing up with tough indoor surfaces.

Not only do these look great and provide great durability, they are also very comfortable. These shoes feature soccer specific Cushlon technology that helps with cushioning and stability. Style isn’t the only nice thing about these Gato’s. These shoes have an articulated gum rubber outsole, which is non-marking but also provides great traction on indoor surfaces.

Even though these are called indoor soccer shoes, they don’t have to be. These shoes are stylish and comfortable enough to wear with jeans while you are hanging out with friends or whenever you cheer the United States on in soccer. You can now be dressed from head to toe with great USA soccer gear.

Of course, these two products and the jersey mentioned already are not the only products available with the Centennial Collection. A retro jersey, t-shirts, shorts, socks and soccer ball are all available. These products were just two of my favorites that I wanted to share. The jacket and shoes look amazing and are a stylish way to support the U.S. soccer teams. You can find the other gear at SoccerPro.com.

Written By: Eric Stoyanov, Contributing Writer, soccerprose.com

Nike USA Centenary Home Jersey 2013 SoccerPro.com

Nike Launch Gorgeous USA Centennial Soccer Jersey and Collection…

Nike USA Centenary Home Jersey 2013 SoccerPro.comNike and US Soccer have just launched the new US Centennial soccer jersey and its a stylish mix of classic style and modern attitude. The jersey, which is a celebration of the U.S. Soccer Federation’s 100th year, is designed to pay tribute to a century of American soccer by including several classic elements.

The first one of these elements featured on the kit is the original US Soccer crest. It looks like Capetian America’s original shield, from the 1940′s and 50′s, and is a stunning departure from the anemic modern crest that has sullied to surface of recent US soccer jerseys. The majority of the kit is a classic white design, with this sharp crest on the left breast and the Nike logo opposite. It also features navy trim around the collar and end of the sleeves, with room for official numbering and name sets on the center front and across the back shoulders.

Nike5 Gato Leather USA 100 Sail SoccerPro.comIts constructed from the same Nike Dri-Fit material you’ll see in any other current soccer jersey, and should wick away sweat and moisture from your body. This fabric is also stain resistant, and fits true to size. So if you are a large in a t-shirt, then you’ll need a large one of these kits. The short, socks, and shoes in the rest of this collection look stunning as well, and you can get them all now for 10% off at our favorite partner, SoccerPro.com

Portugal Away Jersey - 2013

Nike Portugal Away Jersey – 2012/13

Nike has recently released some new national team jerseys that look great. Despite some nice looking jerseys, the one that sticks out the most is the new Nike Portugal away jersey. When you have one of the best players in the world playing on your team, you need to have a stylish jersey to match his stylish play.

Portugal’s last away jersey was predominantly white with a green and red cross displayed in the center to tie in Portugal’s national colors. With this new jersey, Nike has kept the same general design. This away jersey keeps the cross design that is predominantly displayed in the center. However, instead of red and green, this has a gray cross. The whole jersey is sleek black now instead of white. This change in color looks fantastic and is, in my opinion, one of the best looking national team kits available right now.

The Portugal crest is stitched on the left chest and the Nike swoosh is stitched on the right chest in white. Not only does this jersey look great, it also feels great so you can cheer your favorite national team on while remaining comfortable.

This jersey is made of 100 percent polyester and features Nike’s Dri-Fit material. This keeps you dry and comfortable as you cheer on Cristiano Ronaldo and the Portuguese national team.

This jersey is currently available at SoccerPro.com, so head over there today if you want this sleek jersey. You can wear this and channel your inner Cristiano Ronaldo as you show your skills on the pitch, or just wear it while you cheer on the national team. The choice is yours.

Written By: Eric Stoyanov, Contributing Writer, soccerprose.com

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Nike USA Away Jersey 2012 Review

Even though the United States Men’s National Team did not qualify for the Olympics, the women’s team was able to take home gold. Now the men will turn their attention to qualifying for the World Cup. Both teams have been wearing the Nike USA away jersey and it looks great.

The new design is predominantly navy with white sleeves. The navy with white sleeves design is similar to the Arsenal home jersey, which is predominantly red with white sleeves. It’s a new look for the USA national teams but it looks great. This jersey also maintains the sash across the chest that was featured on the last national team jerseys. The United States soccer crest is stitched on to the left chest with the Nike swoosh featured in white on the right chest. Another nice addition to this jersey is the red, white, and blue stripes around the collar and the United States flag on the inside of the neck. It helps tie in all the colors associated with the United States.

Not only does this jersey look great, it feels great as well. This jersey is made of 100 percent polyester to make it both light and comfortable. It also features Nike’s Dri-Fit technology. This helps keep you dry and comfortable as you cheer on the United States national teams. This jersey runs true to size so you will not need to worry about sizing issues if you ordering online.

This jersey looks great, feels great, and will help you support the United States national teams. The new design incorporates all the colors associated with the United States while maintaining a sleek look. This jersey is currently available at SoccerPro.com, so head over and check it out today.

Written By: Eric Stoyanov, Contributing Writer, soccerprose.com

Nike United States Home Jersey - 2013

Nike USA Home Jersey 2012/13 Review

Even though the United States Men’s National Team will not be participating at the Olympics this summer, it is always a good time to pick up a United States jersey. The new Nike United States home jersey is one of the best looking national team jerseys to come out recently. The older national team jerseys seemed to lack all of the national colors of the United States. This new away jersey incorporates red, white, and blue and the end product looks great.

Style

Instead of a solid color jersey with a sash across the chest, Nike has decided to feature red and white horizontal stripes throughout this jersey. This mimics the stripes that are seen on the American flag. Nike has kept the sash across the chest that was featured on the older national team jerseys; however, the sash is much subtler and resides in the background of the stripes. The collar of this jersey is crew cut and blue to tie in all the national team colors. The inside of the neck features the American flag to add some more patriotism to this jersey. To provide authenticity, the United States National Team crest is stitched on the left chest and the Nike swoosh is stitched on the right chest.

Feel

This jersey is made of 100 percent polyester to make it light and comfortable. It is made of layered mesh fabric to give great breathability so you don’t get too hot or sweaty as you cheer your team on. This jersey also features ATOM-Dri release fabric to provide sweat management, greater durability, and a soft feel. All of these features combine to make this jersey extremely comfortable.

Overall

This jersey provides a fresh style for the United States Men’s National Team. It incorporates all the colors of the United States and the red and white stripes mimic the American flag. Combine the great style with the amazing comfort and you have a great jersey that fans will love. This jersey is currently available at SoccerPro.com, so head over and check one out today.

Written By: Eric Stoyanov, Contributing Writer, soccerprose.com

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Lucas Podolski Releases Smooth Groove Euro 2012 Song…Dancing with Argyle Ties Ensue…(Video)

Recent Arsenal signing and German hero Lucas Podolski has released this cracking pop song in conjunction with Deutsche pop heavy-hitters Brings. The song is a jumpy little number with the beat of a club thumping mix combined with the epic tunes that would have spoken to the heart of Dio or Dchingis Khan. The song celebrates Germany’s run to the semifinals of Euro 2012 and if they win, I’m sure it will be belting out in club from Berlin to Bayern. Who knows, maybe Poldi can give the old popstar route a go if this football business doesn’t work out.

Posted by: Matthew Wall, editor, soccerprose.com

Adidas Germany Home Jersey - 2012:13

Adidas Germany Home Jersey Review – 2012/13

Germany has started Euro 2012 very brightly and they look to be the team to beat in the tournament. If you are a Germany fan and don’t have the Adidas Germany home jersey yet, you should get on that immediately. So far, the white jersey is the only color they have worn at this tournament, so it is the perfect jersey to wear while you cheer them on to victory.

Style

As I mentioned above, this jersey is predominantly white. It has the classic Adidas three black stripes that run down the sleeves and black trim around the neck. It also has three diagonal stripes, black, red, and gold, that go across the front of the jersey. These represent the national colors that are on the German flag. To give this jersey added authenticity, the German crest is pressed on the left chest with three stars above it and the Adidas logo is stitched on the right chest.

Feel

As with most Adidas jerseys, this one is extremely light and comfortable. It is made of 100 percent polyester and feels very nice on. It also features climacool technology to help keep you cool and comfortable while you support your team this summer. This is accomplished through ventilation under the arms to allow your body to breathe. Sometimes Adidas jerseys run a little big, however, these fit true to size and look great on.

Overall

If you are a Germany fan, this jersey is a must have. It looks great and feels even better. Even though it is a white jersey, the subtle design it has with the diagonal stripes help show the national colors of Germany and help give the jersey some extra style. This jersey is currently on sale at SoccerPro.com, so check it out today so you can wear it as Germany looks to win Euro 2012.

Written By: Eric Stoyanov, Contributing Writer, soccerprose.com

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Euro 2012 Quarterfinal Preview

We have now made it through the group stages at Euro 2012 and there are some great looking matchups in the quarterfinals. England and France are the last two teams to advance through the group stages and France did not do themselves any favors by losing to Sweden. They must now face the previous Euro winners and the 2010 World Cup winners. One good thing they can take away is that Spain did not look very good in their last game against Croatia either.

Let’s take a look at all the matchups we will be seeing in the quarterfinals. England will play Italy, Spain will play France, Portugal will play the Czech Republic, and Germany will play Greece. All of the matchups look good, but I would have to say that Germany have the best looking quarterfinal matchup. Greece have looked alright at the Euro’s, but Germany came into Euro 2012 as one of the favorites and look as though they are coming into their own as the tournament goes on. This is not good news for Greece. It will also be interesting to see if Mario Gomez can continue to score goals while wearing the Germany jersey. He has a tendency to be a streaky scorer, so that will be something to look for.

As I said above, France and Spain will be playing each other. Both teams are coming off bad performances and will be looking to improve. Spain had a difficult time breaking down the Croatia defense and their own defense looked shaky at times. When your country’s success is riding on Fernando Torres scoring goals, there could be issues. I understand he performed well against Ireland, but Ireland was arguably the worst team at Euro 2012.

Portugal against the Czech Republic is the game I am looking forward to the most. Both teams lost their opening games, but have rebounded quite nicely. Portugal has been much better than I originally thought. Their defense has been solid and if Ronaldo can find the goal scoring form he has with Real Madrid, Portugal could have a good run in this tournament and surprise many people.

The last matchup is England against Italy. Both teams have had decent showings at Euro 2012, and not many people expected these teams to be at this position before the start of the tournament. At first glance, you would expect a very defensive-minded game from both sides with both teams looking to score on the counter-attack. Wayne Rooney scored on his return to the national team today, and will be hoping to net some more. No matter how this game turns out, England fans must be happy with the job Roy Hodgson has done with this national team side. With a very short amount of time on the job and mounting injuries before the tournament began, reaching the quarterfinals can be considered a success.

All of these games should be fun to watch and, if the tournament keeps going the way it has, should produce a lot of goals. So far, every game at Euro 2012 has produced at least one goal. The teams I think will advance to the semifinals of Euro 2012 are England, Germany, Portugal, and France. The biggest omission that you will notice is Spain. I think Spain’s run will finally come to an end. Their passing looks nice, but at times the team struggles to create chances. If they are unable to find a goal with short passes, they don’t have a plan B to go to, especially with the lack of strikers in the squad. The players in France jerseys had a bad game against Sweden and I see them coming out with great energy and stealing a goal against the Spanish.

Written By: Eric Stoyanov, Contributing Writer, soccerprose.com

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Dutch Firm C1000 Release Wonderous “Birdy Song” Dutch Euro 2012 Promo…(Video)

I don’t know who thought of this lad, but they deserve a medal. Its fun, happy, and mirrors the general geniality you’ll feel when you bike down the road in Amsterdam. Loosely translated the refrain means “Oh my Nederland, My hopes are in your hands,” and that’s sort of covers the gist of the adverts message. All the best to the men in Holland jerseys…and we’ll keep our eyes peeled for more of these beauties…

Posted by: Matthew Wall, editor, soccerprose.com