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~~ Had been hearing some rumors about this drop….. To see how Nike is taking the ideas of what they’ve been doing on grass and now implementing them to hard surfaces seems like the obvious move, especially with how well the new color ways are doing in the market. Can’t wait to see the colors that are on the way.
The Elastico Superfly is distinctly low profile, placing the foot much closer to the ground than previous small-sided footwear. This helps improve traction and speed and allows players to better manipulate the ball. The unrivaled traction also benefits from a new rubber compound that’s produced specially for the outsole.
The low-profile, flexible outsole allows for improved grip for multi-directional quickness. Two updated traction patterns are offered; the Elastico Superfly IC features an outsole specifically designed for harder surfaces including concrete, and The Elastico Superfly TF built for turf and artificial grass surfaces.
The shoe also features an extra layer of NIKESKIN in areas where small-sided footballers experience additional abrasion on their footwear for increased durability, while the micro-textured Nike Flyknit upper allows for a barefoot like touch ad enhanced ball feel and control.
~~ Gotta be honest…. I was pretty disappointed when Roma and Kappa broke up… There was just something about those unforgiving beer belly jerseys that were so, so fresh back in the day. But after seeing this new All Black color way drop from Nike, I take back all that I wrote before this sentence.
This season, AS Roma will play in a new third kit inspired by the renowned elegance of Italian tailoring and the suits worn by the squad when they travel across Italy and beyond.
The kit’s dark brown shirt features a tonal pin stripe embedded in the fabric, and a modern V-neck collar with brown at the back and an AS Roma yellow trim at the front. Inside the back of the neck, a yellow textured pennant tab displays the statement, “La Roma Non Si Discute Si Ama” (Roma is loved without any question). The sentiment echoes the club’s anthem, which AS Roma fans sing when the team emerges from the tunnel before each game at the Stadio Olimpico.
The rest of the kit includes dark brown shorts and dark brown socks with a tonal stripe of chevrons on the back.
~~ Love that clubs are getting away from the same old, same old…
Italian champions Juventus will play this season in a vibrant new third kit that features an intense burst of color to give players an even greater presence on the pitch.
For the first time, Juventus will wear an entirely green kit, which includes two tones of the color to create maximum impact. The shirt, shorts and socks all feature a lighter tone of green on the front, while a darker green cloaks the entire back.
In a nod to one of Juventus’s famous home colors, a black stripe divides the two tones along the sides of the kit. The stripe, designed to accentuate the players’ speed when they’re in motion, stretches from the collar, along both shoulders, down each side of the shirt and shorts, and right down to the socks.
This season, Internazionale will play in a new third kit that showcases their traditional colors with a bold and modern appearance.
Inter’s famous blue gets a new twist in the third kit, which includes two tones of the hue. The shirt, shorts and socks all feature blue on the front with a darker shade of the same color on the back.
The two tones are divided by a black stripe — honoring one of Inter’s iconic home colors — that stretches along both sides of the kit from the collar, along both shoulders, down each side of the shirt and shorts, and right down to the socks.
~~ I’ve been feeling the Barca color ways for awhile now….
This season, FC Barcelona will wear a bold new third kit that captures the club’s inherent brilliance and energy.
The kit consists of two tones of Volt yellow, which first appeared in Barcelona’s away kit in 2005. The shirt, shorts and socks all feature the distinct Volt color on the front, with a darker tone of the same yellow on the back.
The two tones are divided by blue stripes — honoring one of Barcelona’s famous home colors — that stretch along both sides of the kit from the collar, along both shoulders, down the shirt and shorts, and right down to the socks. The stripes are designed to accentuate the impression of speed when the players are in motion.
If you have been reading this site for any length of time, there’s a good chance that you know that Justin Braun is a part of the family. These days, Justin is playing for Sacramento Republic FC. And SRFC (had to shorten that one up) are doing some serious things and making some serious noise. Success on and off the field has people in high places paying a whole lot of attention to SRFC. Who knows if they will end up getting an MLS team or not, but it’s hard to argue with the crowds and excitement that they are attracting in the California capitol.
I’m going to go ahead and say that we should all be paying close attention to what is going on up there.
Anyhoo. Justin was recently featured in a player profile for SRFC and he was sporting the Bumpy Pitch Atlanta Apollos shirt that we did a while back. I still really like this shirt. I have long been a big fan of this graphic and I think we might need to bring it back soon.
Big ups to Justin. Thanks as always for the support! And congrats to Sacramento Republic FC on building something special. We wish you all the best going forward!
If memory serves me correctly, we first met Mark Yesilvskiy in Toronto at MLS Cup. There was a group of us out at a bar somewhere and Mark was there. This was also the time that Jamie Watson made a bet with Dunny that I’m not sure he has paid up on yet. But that’s another story for another day.
Anyway. So we meet Mark. You can tell he’s a soccer head. Knows a ton about the sport. He had driven up to Toronto from New York to take part in MLS Cup celebrations. We hang out a bit that week and stay in touch after.
Fast forward a bit and Mark and I end up in London at the Champions League final in 2013 (I think it was 2013). We’re at the Borussia Dortmund v Bayern Munich final at Wembley covering it and an adidas event for our respective sites. In the time since Toronto, Mark has gone on to write about the game of soccer as well as be able to explore his design sensibilities within the sport. Which leads me to this post.
In the past week or so, there was a new soccer book released called Club Soccer 101. According to Amazon, here is the overview of the book:
Club Soccer 101 is the essential guide to 101 of the most storied soccer clubs in the world. The book covers the history of European powerhouses like Arsenal, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, and Real Madrid; historic South American clubs like Boca Juniors, Corinthians, Penarol, and Santos; and rising clubs from Africa, Asia, and America, including such leading MLS clubs as LA Galaxy, New York Red Bulls, and Seattle Sounders. Writing with the passion and panache of a deeply knowledgeable and opinionated fan, Luke Dempsey explains what makes each club distinctive: their origins, fans, and style of play; their greatest (and most heartbreaking) seasons and historic victories and defeats; and their most famous players—from Pelé, Eusébio, and Maradona to Lionel Messi, Wayne Rooney, and Ronaldo.
With club soccer exploding in popularity, Club Soccer 101 provides everything any fan needs to know.
I’m with that. Sounds like a good read and a book I will most definitely be checking out. But the main reason I am posting about it is because of the cover art. See, that’s where this story comes full circle. The cover art was done by our dude Mark. He’s been doing these great illustrations over the last year or two. The series of illustrations has been focused on a range of kits from around the world, but he leaves all elements of the player out of them Thus focusing on the kit itself and not that of a player. Really clever and beautiful artwork that now graces the cover of a book. This book. Club Soccer 101. That’s no doubt impressive and I’m proud to see how far this cat has come in the last few years. I have no doubt the future is very bright for Mark.
So congratulations my dude and all the best going forward. Check out more of Mark’s work at Mark Yesilvskiy.