This World Cup is lining up to be one of the more exciting tournaments that I have witnessed. With the defending champions, Spain, already out, another force is facing elimination already on Day 8. England played to a 2-1 loss against Uruguay and will officially be eliminated if Costa Rica win or draw against Italy. But that’s not the only headline so far in this amazing World Cup. Be sure to catch up on all the recent boot news in our World Cup boot recap series.
F50s Help Colombia Advance
In the first game of the day, an exciting Colombia saw off the Ivory Coast. James Rodriguez rose to the occasion (literally) by beating Drogba to a header to open the scoring. Rodriguez wore a pair of Battle Pack F50s, and also helped set up Colombia’s second. The Magista Obra‘s first goal was also scored by substitute Juan Quintero. Colombian defender Zapata was also spotted wearing an interesting pair of Lotto boots. Ivory Coast currently sits second in Group C, while Colombia has officially advanced out of Group Stages.
Suarez’s F50 Brace Lifts Uruguay
There were many headlines going into this game, and many headlines coming out. One of the many was Wayne Rooney finally netting a goal, but unfortunately his effort was in vain. Luis Suarez was on fire as he and his F50s scorched the three lions. The first goal was a beautiful combination with fellow F50 wearer Cavani, which resulted in Suarez finishing with a well crafted header. The second resulted from a flicked on ball from a punt, which he lashed past a helpless Joe Hart who was wearing a pair of Umbro UX-1s. If Suarez can stay healthy, I have a feeling we will be seeing much more of him in later stages of this tournament.
Japan Held By 10 Man Greece
Japan and Greece did play to a scoreless draw, but the game should have gone to Japan. They enjoyed 74% possession and had the majority of the chances. Yoshito Okubo skied a chance at the far post in a pair of Nike Hypervenoms, despite having a relatively open goal. But, Greece had a few of their own chances, which keeper Eiji Kawashimi did well to parry in matching Puma Tricks boots and gloves. Shinji Okazaki was spotted wearing a pair of the newly released Mizuno Basara again, and played the whole match in them. Unfortunately for Japan, a poor performance in their next match could see them eliminated. Another interesting fact is that all three red cards of the World Cup have gone to Nike Tiempo wearers- Maxi Pereira, Pepe, and Kostas Katsouranis.
It seems as if the Adizero F50 is stealing the show on Day 8. With 19 goals so far (4 of which were headers), it has already distanced itself from its close competitor- the Nike Mercurial Superfly. So far, the surprise performance here for me has got to be the Predator Instinct. Designed to be more of a midfielder boot, the Instinct is a close third, with seven goals. Also, if you consider the Superfly and Vapor to be the same boot, then the current tally for Mercurial Series would be 14, which is much closer to 19 (adiZero F50) than 11.
Adidas adiZero F50: 19 goals, -1 own goal (4 headers)
Nike Mercurial Superfly: 11 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
Mizuno Morelia Neo: 1 goal
Warrior Gambler: 1 goal (1 header)
Nike Magista Obra: 1 goal
Puma evoSPEED: 1 goal