April, 2014

8622_CTR360_vs_11pro
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Cleat 16 quarterfinals: Nike CTR360 v adidas 11Pro SL

There’s room for but one more shoe in the semifinals of our Cleat 16 tournament, where your vote decides today’s favorite boot. The fight for the right to the last spot is between the Nike CTR360 Maestri III and the adidas 11Pro SL. The former is an innovative boot melding control and confidence in any…

black_ctr360_2
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Nike CTR360 goes out in style with “lights out” limited edition

Today Nike released blackout version of their CTR360 Maestri III, the final colorway before the beloved control boot makes way for the Magista later this month. For its final bow, the CTR360 was given the treatment it rightly deserves: a classy, no nonsense all-black “lights out” version that will stand out among fields full of…

8622_predator_vs_tiempo
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Cleat 16 quarterfinals: adidas Predator v Nike Tiempo Legend

A battle that began at 1994 FIFA World Cup United States™ comes to a head today in the quarterfinals of our Cleat 16. Given the choice to name today’s favorite boot, you decide if the adidas Predator LZ moves on to the semifinals or if its run stops here and the Nike Tiempo Legend advances….

8622_mercurial_vs_evoSPEED
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Cleat 16 quarterfinals: Nike Mercurial v PUMA evoSPEED

And then there were eight. Our Cleat 16 competition in which we give you the opportunity to name your favorite boot enters the next phase today as the Nike Mercurial Vapor takes on the PUMA evoSPEED SL in second round, quarterfinal action. Tuesday’s tilt is all about lightning-quick pace and acceleration as Nike and PUMA’s…

AC Milan v FC Barcelona - UEFA Champions League
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The UEFA Champions League’s top five pass masters

In the modern game it is widely recognized that the team that retains more possession of the ball usually ends up winning the game. As the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League approach, we are interested in the players that keep possession of the ball the best for their team in arguably the toughest club…

8622_solista_vs_adipure
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Cleat 16: Lotto Solista v adidas 11Pro SL

The Nike Mercurial Vapor, PUMA evoSPEED, adidas Predator LZ, Nike Tiempo Legend, adidas Nitrocharge, PUMA evoPOWER and Nike CTR360 Maestri all have prevailed in first round match-ups of our Cleat 16. Now the Lotto Solista and adidas 11Pro SL square off with one spot remaining on the next stage. The contrast is stark. You get…

Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League
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Suarez sets Liverpool single-season EPL goals record

Luis Suarez scores when he wants, week in and week out in his adidas F50 adizeros. With a goal in the 25th minute of Liverpool’s 4-0 route of Tottenham on Sunday, Suarez reached 29 successful strikes for the season, which breaks the single English Premier League season team scoring record previously held by Robbie Fowler. Club…

8622_CTR360_vs_adizero
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Cleat 16: Nike CTR360 Maestri v adidas F50 adizero

As our march through the Cleat 16 moves on, we turn to match seven where a beloved Nike boot set for retirement faces off against adidas’s signature speed cleat. Worn by top professionals looking for control and power, the Nike CTR360 Maestri was a hit from the moment it first took the file five years…

8622_evoPOWER_vs_skreamer
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Cleat 16: PUMA evoPOWER v Warrior Skreamer

Five cleats have advanced in our Cleat 16 tournament and today two more will battle it our to join them: the PUMA evoPOWER and Warrior Skreamer. Both shoes are extraordinary innovative, already boasting impressive roster of top players despite only being released a few months ago in the case of the evoPOWER and a year-and-a-half…

8622_hypervenom_vs_nitrogcharge
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Cleat 16: Nike Hypervenom v adidas Nitrocharge

Two cleats brand new for this season, instant classics from Nike and adidas, are set to tussle in another big-time first round battle in our Cleat 16 tournament. Will it be the shoe built for a new breed of attacker, or will the cleat with the team’s engine in mind that prevails? The result is…

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Cleat 16: Nike Tiempo Legend v Under Armour Blur

As the Cleat 16 continues, we turn to Match 4, a intense tilt between the Nike Tiempo Legend and its 20 years of heritage as a boot combining comfort and Kangaroo leather, and the Under Armour Blur, a fast-rising, direction-changing machine that’s gained fans in its first year on the field. Will Nike pick up…

8622_magista_vs_predator
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Cleat 16: Nike Magista v adidas Predator

Our third match of the first round of the Cleat 16 is well worthy of a final. Nike dared to dream of a boot unlike any other ever seen before when they unveiled the Magista last month in Barcelona. The second-skin-like FlyKnit cleat competes in our contest with the adidas Predator, which probably belongs on…