An eye-popping palette of colors, sounds and energy – Brazil is known for its white sands, lush rain forests, a devotion to revelry and an unrivaled passion for the game of soccer. When you blend all these Brazilian qualities together, you find the ideal Carnival-like canvas for soccer’s ultimate tournament and the inspiration behind the Samba Pack. The Samba Pack is adidas’ stunning collection of cleats that launches today and celebrates the vibrancy and exuberance of the 2014 host country.
Each of adidas’ elite cleats has been given the Samba treatment with a view toward next summer. The adizero F50, the Predator, the Nitrocharge and the 11Pro are all available in eye-catching, head-turning colors such as blast purple, vivid berry, solar slime and electric blue. These are the cleats some of the best in the game (Lionel Messi, Oscar, Dani Alves, Mesut Ozil and Philipp Lahm to name a few) will be wearing in South America next June.
This is adidas’ speed cleat made for fast players such Lionel Messi, Lucas Moura and Gareth Bale. Wearing the F50 a quick player becomes blazing. It features SPEEDTRAXION, a new stud alignment that yields lightning fast acceleration and the ability to shift, turn and change directions on a dime, and SPEEDFOIL, material that combines lightweight, softness and durability while locking in the heel for the perfect, snug fit.
The Predator has been legendary ever since iconic players such as Carlos Valderrama introduced the shoe in FIFA World Cup 1994 United States and Zinedine Zidane wore the Predator Accelerator to scored two goals in the 1998 final to help France claim the crown. Never resting on success, adidas continues to revolutionize and perfect this signature control cleat with the advent of Lethal Zones. They are five distinctly designed areas on the shoe each built with a different element of the game—ball control, touch, accuracy, power and dribbling—in mind.
The cleat also features TRAXION 2.0 stud configuration so players can sprint maintain stability, and hybridtouch technology combining the best of leather and synthetic to keep feet comfortable and dry in any conditions.
This is a shoe designed for “the engine,” the dedicated player who never tires and plays with bravery and commitment to the cause, fighting for every ball and never shying away from a tackle. Worn by Brazil’s Dani Alves, Uruguay’s Ezequiel Lavezzi and many other stars, the Nitrocharge is designed to retain energy.
Its elastic Energysling wraps around the forefoot to help support quick turns and cuts to the side. Energypulse technology creates a spring when players push off and creates longer-lasting energy for sprints. Like the players who wear the shoe, designers of the Nitrocharge were relentless in pursuit of excellence.
When it comes to cleats, it doesn’t get much more classic and successful than the adidas 11Pro. Solid and refined, it’s made of ultra-soft, ultra-light Taurus leather that affords the perfect fit, first-rate performance and supreme comfort.
Combine that with new optimized stud placement for maximum grip and acceleration, and its easy to see why the 11Pro is favored by some of the most complete players in the game. Look for it on the feet of worldwide superstars Philipp Lahm of Germany, Frank Lampard of England and Hernanes of Brazil.
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