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Revealed: The Nike CR7 Mercurial Vapor VIII ACC Soccer Cleats

Nike have released the latest version of their Cristiano Ronaldo inspired Mercurial Vapors and they are the best looking pair yet. The black synthetic leather upper on these cleats has pink and blue band running around the base of it as it meet the sole plate which the pick color continues on to. They also feature the new CR7 logo on the heel in gold along with the decals and trim you’d expect to find on any Nike limited edition product. This upper is made form the same Teijin synthetics Nike been using on all the Vapor VIII’s and they seem to have really cracked the synthetic shoe formula with it. Its as soft and malleable as a kangaroo leather pair of soccer boots and will mold to your foot right out of the box making the painful break of time previous versions of the Mercurial Vapor a thing of the past.

The boots also feature the latest in Nike technology, an All Conditions Control(ACC) treated upper. ACC will allow these boots to perform the same in the wet as they do in try conditions, particularly when playing will one of the newer synthetic soccer balls. The boots are, at the root, treated with a hydrophobic compound that means water can’t stick to the surface of them. So, even if you were to dunk the upper in water, it will all run right off it like the surface of the rain jacket. This isn’t to say the inside or the sockliner won’t get wet, but at least you won’t lose any performance.

The cleat pattern on the bottom of these soccer cleats are geared toward giving a player the ability to burst forward and score goals. You’ve got four cleats on the forefoot to give you all the bite you can get when you are taking off on the run and want to keep moving forward. The two rear cleats are there for stability, and get the job done, but do keep in mind these shoes are built for the rough and tumble of defending, and are probably best used by a striker or winger.

Overall, these are sharp looking pair of cleat worthy of one of the world greatest soccer players and are extremely limited, so be sure you pick yours up sooner rather than later by clicking this link for our favorite sponsor, SoccerPro.com

How to Spot a Fake Soccer Jersey

So you saw a cheap soccer jersey for your favorite team online, at a price that seemed to good to be true, and when it arrived you were disappointed to find that its an itchy knock-off from China. This video below from our friends over at SoccerPro.com outlines how to spot a fake kit, and some good rules of thumb for shopping for soccer gear online, and I’ve at few more helpful tips below.

Tip 1: Shop with a Legitimate Site

When you’re shopping for a soccer jersey online, the best rule of thumb is to shop from a licensed retailer, and not from a site like ebay or ioffer. Licensed sites are generally based in the USA or western Europe, and one of the best ways to be sure they are legit is to give their customer service number a ring and see if you get a real person on the other end who will guarantee the merchandise they are selling is the real thing.

Tip 2: If it Seems Too Good to Be True, It Probably Is

Most licensed soccer jerseys retail for between $75-$85 and while you’ll be able to find one of this years kits for around 10% off, you’ll have to shell out to get something legit. Now you may be able to get a previous years kit for around $50-$65, but if you see a soccer jersey for less than $50, its probably a knock off and not something you’d want to buy. Its very easy for a less reputable site to copy and paste the image of the real thing from a legitimate site, and then send along something fake once you’ve placed an order with them. So, if it seems to good to be true, its probably is.

Tip 3: Make Sure the Jersey Looks Right

A fake kit will usually have some differences that are easy to spot. Make sure you check the color of the collar, the crest, and the overall look of the shirt to be sure its the same as that of the real thing.

Other than that, use common sense, and happy hunting for good deal this holiday season.

Boy Makes Fun of Girl…Girl Applies Football to His Face…(Video)

We all remember that kid in gym class who was always poking fun at everyone, especially the girls, as he was clearly God’s gift to football. You can see one such example of a cheeky little prat in the video below, who stands, head turned to face the girl who is about to shoot the ball toward the waiting victims against the wall. Now we have no idea what prompted this football firing squad, perhaps someone was impersonating John Terry during class. But at any rate this girl didn’t need a pair of soccer boots to show the cocky little fellah what for as she drills a shot at him and applies the ball firmly to his face. The poor little one walks off in tears, but apparently was able to see the funny side of things later.

Girl Power…

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Puma evoSPEED Star Indoor Soccer Shoes – Black with Fluo Green

Indoor season is almost upon us and it is time to start looking at some great indoor shoes. Normally, we tend to focus on Nike and Adidas shoes, but today we are going to take a look at a great pair of indoor shoes that Puma is producing: The Puma evoSPEED Star indoor shoes. These shoes are guaranteed to make you stand out on the field or futsal court.

Even though the main color of these shoes is black, they are still bright. The secondary color is neon green and adds style and color to these otherwise plain shoes. These two colors go nicely together and create a visually appealing indoor shoe. Some indoor soccer shoes are not very stylish and cannot be worn anywhere besides the soccer field. That is not the case with the evoSPEED Star. These can be worn casually off the field as well as worn on the field to play.

The upper is made of a monolayer Micro Tec Suede to provide a lightweight upper, but it is also abrasion resistant. The Star has an EVA midsole that is cushioned with IdCell cushioning. The ArchTec midfoot supports help add stability. All of these things combine to make you as comfortable as possible.

The bottom of this shoe features a non-marking EverTrack Rubber sole to provide good grip on both futsal courts and indoor soccer fields. At first glance, you may think these are just casual shoes and not good for soccer, but they feature great cushioning and a low-profile design that makes these perfect for indoor soccer and futsal. They are currently available at SoccerPro.com, so check them out today.

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

15 Year Old Aleksandr Litvinenko Scores Rainbow Flick Volley….(Video)

He may only be 15 years old, but this young fellah knows how to score them. as he uses a beautiful rainbow flick to put the ball on his toe and drive it into the top corner of the net…

Pure class…

Posted by: Matthew Wall, editor, soccerprose.com

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Nike Mercurial Victory III Indoor Soccer Shoes Review – Retro with Total Orange

Nike is releasing a new color scheme for the Nike Mercurial Victory indoor shoe. The shoe features some interesting colors. According to Nike, this shoe is retro with total orange. In normal terms, this shoe is considered turquoise with orange accents throughout. These two colors go nicely together and are sure to make you stand out on the field.

The upper is made of soft synthetic leather to provide great touch on the ball. This shoe also contours nicely to the shape of your foot to provide great comfort. The contoured sockliner sits on top of a Phylon heel wedge to provide low profile cushioning.

In addition to the great style and comfort of the upper, the outsole provides great traction on indoor fields or futsal courts. The bottom of the shoe has non-marking molded tinted gum rubber. It also has an innovative Vapor traction pattern that is designed for speed on indoor surfaces. The lacing system on this shoe is traditional to give a secure fit.

The combination of style, comfort, and great traction make these great for indoor soccer. The traction will help bring speed to the indoor game while the turquoise and orange help you stand out with style in addition to your stylish play.

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

Romain Alessandrini Scores Wonderous, Transcendental Backheel Flick for Rennes’

Every once in awhile you see a player score a goal that is truly worthy of the Pantheon. This stunning aerial backheel effort from Romain Alessandrini is right up there for me, the shill, the timing, the finish; they’re all perfect. Oh, and look at that he’s wearing the new color of the Nike Mercurial Vapor VIII which we should have a rundown for later today.


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The United States Men’s National Team Faces Must-Win Against Jamaica Tuesday

Worry is beginning to set in following the United States Men’s National team’s defeat against Jamaica on Friday. Remember the rejoicing when the national team appointed Jurgen Klinsmann to manage the team? It seems long ago now. Maybe Bob Bradley wasn’t so bad after all. Bradley went 43-25-12 managing the national team, including winning the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup, finishing second in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, and leading the team to the Round of 16 in the 2010 World Cup. Sure, it was aggravating at times watching the side continuously give up early goals and play from behind. The style could also be classified as boring. But sometimes boring gets results, and Bob Bradley got results.

Now Klinsmann leads the team. He was the trendy choice that was going to lead the Americans to victory playing his attacking style. The problem is, the team does not play that much different now than it did under Bradley and the results are not there anymore. The United States is 8-6-3 under Klinsmann. That is not many games to base a decision of whether or not Klinsmann is a failure, but it isn’t looking good for him.

Friday night, the United States lost to Jamaica and now the team’s future is uncertain. Qualifying for the World Cup is no longer a foregone conclusion. They are currently tied with Guatemala on four points and three points behind Jamaica. Only the top two teams in the group advance to the next round of qualifying.

On Tuesday, the United States will take the field against Jamaica again, but this time on home soil. If this isn’t a must-win game for the United States and Klinsmann, then I do not know what is. If they fail to win, and worse yet lose again, they run the risk of Guatemala overtaking them for second place in the group with only two games remaining. That would heap pressure on the team.

If Klinsmann is the coach we all thought he would be, he needs to gather his team and get their confidence back up before tomorrow’s game. Failure to qualify for the World Cup would certainly result in the resignation or firing of Klinsmann, especially considering Bradley was fired after reaching the Round of 16 in the World Cup. No matter what happens against Jamaica on Tuesday, the question still lingers: Are we better off with Klinsmann leading the team than when Bradley lead the team?

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

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EA Sports FIFA Soccer 13 Now Available for Pre-Order on SoccerPro.com

So its that time of year again, when EA Sports trot out their latest incarnation of their popular FIFA franchise to the expecting world. Now we haven’t had a chance to test out this sweet new edition of the game yet, but from the trailers is looks cool, and has some new technology that makes it interesting. Now I love FIFA, and can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this game, so I’m thrilled that you can now pre-order this game at SoccerPro.com. These new features are:

Attacking Intelligence – The new positioning artificial intelligence that allows for better attacking style.

FIFA 13 Complete Dribbling – Be more creative with the ball especially in 1v1 situations.

Player Impact Engine – 2nd generation collision analysis and giving defenders more options to win the ball back.

Tactical Free Kicks

Over 500 licensed clubs and 15,000 players

Now I’m not sure about the mechanics or game play, as again we haven’t tested it yet, but the idea of having over 500 teams to choose from is a wonderful thought, and its well worth reservin a copy early as the first run of these games tend to sell quickly. You can pre-order your own copy of FIFA 13 here, at SoccerPro.com

Written by: Matthew Wall, editor, soccerprose.com