Sunday , February 25 2024

World Cup Boot Recap Day 4 – What Did We Do Before Goal Line Technology?

Benzema Goal Line Technology

Can you believe we are already through 4 game days of World Cup action already? It is officially going too fast, probably because of the goal fest we have been treated to. Already there have been a whopping 37 goals scored in 11 games, for an average of 3.3 per game. Personally, I am placing some of the credit on the ball – clearly the Brazuca is about 100 times better than the Jabulani.

But you are not here to read about soccer balls, instead it is boots! Here is our World Cup Recap of the top stories from day 4.

Messi’s 8-Year Wait is Over!

It was his debut in the 2006 tournament when Messi scored his one and only World Cup goal. Since that game versus Serbia and Montenegro, Messi had played 7 games without scoring…..until today! His goal was typical Messi, as he beat several players, brought his teammates into the play and finished in style. On his feet, Messi was wearing his signature pair of adiZero F50, the ones that were part of the Battle Pack collection. Expect to see more of the Argentinian magician as the tournament progresses.

And then there was that late tackle on Messi, which left the entire Argentinian population gasping for breath. In the end, he was ok, but you can see from the image below that the Nike Superfly had intended to do some damage to the upper of the adidas F50.

Messi Challenge

Benzema PK

Benzema Tests Out Goal Line Technology

It had to happen at some stage, and Benzema was the player that took on the task of testing out the new goal line technology. And yes, it works! FIFA has treated us to regular breakdowns of each goal, proving the ball was over the line. This was the first time when I was actually excited to see that trusty screen pop-up. The almost hattrick from Benzema all came via his adiZero F50 boots, of which he is currently wearing the Solar Slime colorway released earlier this year, as part of the Samba pack. Some people like the Battle Pack version, I personally prefer the boots Benzema has chosen to wear!

Sergio Romero in Blackouts

Sergio Romero Wears Blackouts

The first player at the World Cup that we have spotted wearing blackout boots is Argentina goalkeeper, Sergio Romero. What silo are they? We can’t tell but we do know they are something in the Nike silo. He has frequented blackouts in the Nike range over the past 12 months including Hypervenoms at one stage. These boots feature a smooth upper so they very well could be a pair of Vapor X – but we can’t confirm it.

Kolasinac Own Goal

A Day of Suffering for the Tiempo Legend V

Two own goals, both knocked into the wrong net by players wearing the Tiempo Legend V, not a good day. Honduras keeper Noel Valladares and Bosnia defender Sead Kolašinac were the unfortunate souls on this day.

And with that, we head to our fully updated boot table. It was a tough day for the Tiempo V, claiming 2 unfortunate own goals. The adiZero took most goals, with 4 from 3 players, and in a very unique twist all 3 players were wearing different versions of the boot (Benzema=Samba Pack, Mehmadi=Battle Pack, Messi=Battle Pack Messi)

Adidas adiZero F50: 9 goals, -1 own goal (2 headers)
Mercurial Superfly:
 8 goals (3 headers)
Adidas Predator Instinct: 6 goals
Nike Hypervenom Phantom: 3 goals
Puma evoPOWER: 2 goals (1 header)
Nike Tiempo Legend: 1 goal, -2 own goals
Warrior Superheat: 1 goal (1 header)
Mizuno Wave Ignitus: 1 goal
Nike Vapor X: 1 goal (1 header)
Puma evoSPEED: 1 goal

What are your thoughts on day 4? Anything we missed? Hit us up on facebook or twitter and let us know!

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One comment

  1. I think Romero's boots are actually blacked out battle-pack f50s. If you look at this picture you can see the speed foil stitching across the upper.

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