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Cleat 16: adidas Crazylight v Nike Mercurial Vapor

Our opening match of the SOCCER.COM Cleat 16, our fan-driven footwear contest to name your favorite boot, pits a modern age speed cleat against a speed cleat for the ages. Debuted on field last week by Gareth Bale in Real Madrid’s UEFA Champions League contest with Schalke (in which the Welshman set up two goals), the…

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Cleat 16: Battle of the Boots

Together, 16 of the finest shoes in soccer entered our Cleat 16 tournament all hoping to earn the title of SOCCER.COM’s fan favorite. Tens of thousands of votes, 15 head-to-heads and two weeks later, the contest reached the summit with PUMA evoPOWER on top. Launched earlier this year, the evoPOWER and its innovative Gradual Stability…

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Nike reveals Netherlands 2014 Away Kit

The Oranje will go blue in their 2014 away kit from Nike. Nike unveiled the Netherlands new away kit today in Amsterdam with the help of national squad members Joël Veltman, Davy Klaassen and Jean-Paul Boëtius. This striking away kit features a sublimated chevron pattern throughout with an ombre effect moving from bright to dark blue. This…

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Chivas, Club America to battle Sunday in El Súper Clásico

When Chivas de Guadalajara hosts Club América in El Súper Clásico on Sunday (9pm EST) at the Omnilife Stadium, bragging rights will be at stake, but just as important will be the three points that go to the winner. With only five games left in the season, América and Guadalajara are clinging to play-off spots. Earning valuable points this…

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Bayern Munich claim Bundesliga crown

Bayern Munich claimed a record 24th Bundesliga crown with a 3-1 victory over Hertha Berlin on Tuesday, clinching the Bundesliga title earlier than any other team in league history.  A German champion had never before been crowned in March. You can shop for the same shirt the victorious Munich men wore in celebration here. Bayern…

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SOCCER.COM dissects Sells Axis 360 Aqua Glove

SOCCER.COM asked Duke University and former USMNT U18 goalkeeper Alex Long to give Sells Axis 360 Aqua glove a try. Alex took it out to the field, made a few saves, then brought the glove back to the SOCCER.COM studio where we cut it up to get a closer look at the glove’s construction. Not paid by Sells in…

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Red Devils, Sky Blues set to contest Manchester Derby

The red and blue sides of Manchester will converge and compete at Old Trafford today as the Red Devils and Sky Blues play for vital points and pride. Though hopes of defending their English Premier League crown have long faded, David Moyes’ Manchester United side is flying high, relatively, at the moment on the back…

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EPL Week 31: The 42 goals that changed fortunes

What a week for goals in the English Premier League. Week 32 was completely bereft of scoreless draws and among the 10 matches, fans were treated to two goal of the season contenders, five stoppage time goals, including two winners, and 42 tallies in total. All told, Nike led the way with 20 strikes with…

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Messi lights up yet another El Clásico in adizeros

Real Madrid vs. Barcelona is a game steeped in history and tradition that in recent years has become even more tantalizing as it serves as the battleground of two of the greatest goal scorers and players of this generation. With Cristiano Ronaldo on one side and Lionel Messi on the other there are always going…

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adidas takes us inside their design room

In a series of candid videos, adidas is taking us inside the design room where many of their 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ jerseys were designed. In this early installment, a group of soccer designers sit down, goof off a bit and talk about designing jerseys for 2014. Here, the designers give us some insight…

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adidas unveils rainforest-inspired Earth Pack

Inspired by the rich, vivacious rainforests of Brazil, adidas’ Earth Pack is a new collection of unique cleats in the brand’s four major silos. The adipure, adizero, Nitrocharge and Predator got makeovers in fresh new colors for remaining UCL matches, international friendlies and the 2014 FIFA World Cup™.  Host city Manaus, centered in the Brazilian…

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The UCL’s top five assists men and their cleats

Last week as the quarterfinals draw played out, SOCCER.COM looked at this season’s top UEFA Champions League goalscorers so far and some of the fantastic strikes that helped to bump up their tally. This week, we’re highlighting the guys who unlock the defense for these players. We want to know who are the creative geniuses behind…

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Ode to speed: Nike unveils updated Mercurial 2010

The final cleat in the 2014 Mercurial Fast Forward series, which honors revolutionary boots at the players who wore them, this edition of the Mercurial Vapor IX honors Cristiano Ronaldo and the Nike Mercurial Superfly II. The Mercurial Vapor Fast Forward ’10 provides today’s players with the Mercurial Vapor IX’s modern technology, inspired by elements…

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El honor y el título de La Liga están en juego en El Clásico

Más allá de que se enfrentarán los dos mejores jugadores del mundo (Cristiano Ronaldo y Lionel Messi), dos de los clubes más condecorados no solo de España sino del fútbol en general y, muy posiblemente, se definirá qué equipo será el campeón de La Liga este año, no hay muchos motivos para ver el Clásico…

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Pride, La Liga crown on the line Sunday in El Clásico

Other than featuring the two best, most electric players in the world—Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi—two of the most decorated clubs not only in Spain but in soccer and, quite possibly, determining who wins the La Liga title this year, there’s no real reason to watch Sunday’s El Clásico. Pardon our sarcasm, the contest between…