For the first time this world cup we were treated to a couple of elimination games even before the group stage was completed. If you had told any serious fan that Spain would be the first team eliminated in 2014, they surely would have replied with “no es posible” or some other exclamation depending on their spanish speaking level. On to the part you’ve come for-today’s edition of the World Cup boot recap.
The Champs Tumble Out of Group B
Thanks to the outstanding play of Nike Superfly wearers Eduardo Vargas and Alexis Sanchez, Chile secured both its spot in the next round, as well as Spain’s departure from the tournament. As far as boot spots go, it looked like Nike and Adidas had many of the players under control, as they were in World Cup colorways. The main boot story from Nike continues to be the choice of the Vapor X over the Superfly, as well as the Magista Opus over the advanced Obra. This match saw Busquets and Pedro in the non-fly knit version of each boot. I’ve included a picture of man-of-the match Vargas, and if you look closely you can spy a pair of true sox under his superfly-take a look!
Superheat not Enough, Netherlands Rolls
With one of the goals of the tournament, Warrior Superheat wearer Tim Cahill almost orchestrated a take down of Group B toppers the Netherlands. After Fellani’s goal yesterday in the Warrior Gambler, Warrior may fast become the surprise boot company of the tournament. For the Netherlands, they continue to be powered by the older colorway f50’s worn by Robben and VanPersie. Van Persie, unsurprisingly has continued with his unique soleplate, and possible leather upper. Mark Bresciano of Australia may be the only player in the tournament wearing the Tiempo Legend IV.
Croatia Fight on in Group A
Fresh off suspension after his red card against Iceland in the last round of qualifying, Mario Mandzukic proved he can still be a force in the tournament with a double in the day’s last game. Cameroon provided and interesting spot with Benjamin Moukandjo in the Vapor IX launch colorway. His match-up with Luca Modric provided an interesting look at new vs. old as Modric wore the newly released Nike Vapor X.
Last but not least, here is how the boots stack up in terms of goals scored through day 7!
Adidas adiZero F50: 17 goals, -1 own goal (2 headers)
Nike Mercurial Superfly: 10 goals (3 headers)
Adidas Predator Instinct: 7 goals (1 header)
Nike Hypervenom Phantom: 6 goals(1 header)
Puma evoPOWER: 2 goals (1 header)
Nike Tiempo Legend: 2 goals, -2 own goals (1 header)
Nike Mercurial Vapor X: 3 goals (2 headers)
Warrior Superheat: 2 goals (1 header)
Mizuno Wave Ignitus: 1 goal
Nike Magista Opus: 1 goal
Puma evoSPEED: 1 goal
Warrior Gambler: 1 goal (1 header)
Mizuno Morelia Neo: 1 goal
Another day of action is coming right up, I hope the excitement isn’t becoming too much to handle. You all have been great at letting us know what we missed, so continue to do so! Also let us know your new predicted winner as Spain has bowed out! Feel free to join in on Facebook or Twitter as well.