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THE AFRICAN SKIN

Posted in EQUIPMENT, JUST SOME NEWS on August 21, 2010 by danielecleacc

Hi guys, here are the new Puma v1.10 African Nations Kit.

Puma has recently unveiled the 2010 Football Kits for the eleven African teams it sponsors: Ghana, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Mozambique, Egypt, Tunisia, Namibia, Morocco, Angola, Senegal and Togo.

Puma reprieves its role as one of the most innovative football kit suppliers, delivering home and away kits for its 11 African teams, which push the boundaries of technology and design. Making a bold statement, the jerseys are contoured to deliver a snug body fit that accentuates the players’ musculature.

Constructed from moisture-wicking Power Mesh, the jerseys feature a proprietary engineered mesh panel across the back, which allows for maximum movement and breathability. A Kinte pattern, inspired by traditional African fabrics, was applied to this back panel. Additionally, a unique brush-stroke effect, mimicking fans’ body paint, creates the decorative stripes on most of the away jerseys and the players’ names and numbers on the back.

Official team crests are positioned on the upper right quadrant of the shirt, while select teams showcase the iconic symbol that represents their team country on the left hand side close to the heart.

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THE BOOTS THAT RUN FASTER

Posted in BOOTS, EQUIPMENT on August 20, 2010 by danielecleacc

The Puma v1.815 Ferrari. With speed in mind, Puma have teamed up with the big boys for their limited edition v1.815 Ferrari boot which was released today.

The high-tech v1.815, with its aerodynamic silhouette, pays homage to Ferrari racing cars and is designed to be one of the lightest and fastest boots on the market.

The lightweight Pebax® frame constitutes the outsole base and houses a carbon fibre composite insert that enhances speed and stability. The transparent outsole offers a unique look at the boot’s engineering, while the forefoot stud configuration ensures smooth ground penetration, as well as optimal traction and maneuverability.

The upper’s lightweight textile material is highly abrasion-resistant. It has been treated with a dirt and water repellent coating to ensure an unprecedented ball touch.

The minimalist external heel counter provides protection from external forces and supports the heel and ankle during sudden direction changes. The rear stud configuration is designed and positioned to support natural running movement.

The heat cut around the eyestay provides additional flexibility and softness, enabling the shoe to be tied around the foot like a glove. The off-centered lacing increases the kicking area, improving pressure distribution and reducing force from ball impact.

If you think all of the above sounds impressive, then this could be the boot for you. But be warned, you’ll need a fair bit of cash and some luck. After being in development for over 2 years, the Puma v1.815 Ferrari football boots have retail price of around £250 and only 815 pairs are being made available worldwide from 27th March to coincide with the start of the 2009 Formula 1 Grand Prix season.

WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH, THE TOUGH GET GOING

Posted in EQUIPMENT on August 18, 2010 by danielecleacc

GLsport is a laboratory specialized in the manufacture of orthopedic carbon fiber and sports equipment.

Glsport product line was born in the constant search for the best materials and more advanced laboratory research, mixed with the ten years of handicraft experience.

Before being produced, each product, must guarantee the highest levelof presentation and pass many tests. In the next phase testers who have sports experience and a degree in physical science/orthopaedics, develop the product bringing the necessary correction and changes. In this way they are sure to give their clients the guarantee of having articles with real anatomic functional advantages and no faults.

GLsport offers the possibility to create a personalized graphic to all the product line.

It’s easy to customize the product, giving a unique look to the product that you want to purchase:
your name, your number, an important date, a logo, a captivating image, the background that you find fit for your personality. Players can combine these elements as their immagination suggests.

With this function, Glsport costumer are able to have a product unique and not easy to imitate.

Glsport produces mainly masks and shin guard.

Masks created by GLsport are produced with a unique system in which the mask is projected without any physical contact. In fact, a 3D laser scanner Last Generation is used which digitalizes your face in a few seconds without touching it; once the face has been scanned technicians modify and download it.

Masks produced with this process have 2 advantages:

  • The measurements are taken with a 3d laser scanner, avoiding putting pressure on painful areas, it also permits a maximal precision which can’t be reached with traditional systems.
  • The masks are very comfortable and dressy, so you can do sports activities without any weight or worries.

GLsport offers some of the best shin guards on the market. Their light weight character is unique in its category, their resistance to high impact is the principle characteristic of this product. The special carbon fibre, in which these shin guards are made, permits a lower impact received in any direction without breaking or cracking.

This high specialization allowed Glsport to produce their products only for professional or semi-professional players, (not only football players, but also basketball ones).



IT’S JUST A BALL…NO!!!! IT’S ROUNDER…

Posted in EQUIPMENT on August 16, 2010 by danielecleacc

Throughout history, humans have enjoyed kicking a ball or something like a ball. South American Indians were known to use a light elasticized ball. However, rubber was not to be practically manufactured until a few thousand years later. According to historical references and legend, early balls ranged from human heads, stitched up cloth, animal and human skulls to pig or cow bladders. Historians claim certain ancient Egyptian rites bear similarities with football, and both the ancient Greeks and Romans also played a game that entailed carrying and kicking a ball. According to a pre-medieval legend, an entire village would kick a skull along a path to a nearby village square. The opposing village would in turn attempt to kick the skull to the first village’s square. Wow, that probably caused more riots than in modern soccer games.

In 1836 Charles Goodyear patented vulcanized rubber. Prior to this, balls were dependant on the size and shape of the pig’s bladder. The more irregular the bladder, the more unpredictable the behaviour of the ball was when kicked. However, it was not until the twentieth century that most balls were made with rubber bladders. In 1855, Charles Goodyear designed and built the first vulcanized rubber soccer balls (footballs). Mass production of soccer balls started as a direct consequence of the English Football League that was founded in 1888. Advances in ball design came with the development of interlocking panels instead of the previously used leather sections that met at the north and south poles of the ball. The balls were then produced with a more acceptable round shape. The modern soccer ball is essentially a Buckminster Ball consisting of 20 hexagonal and 12 pentagonal surfaces.

When they are sewn together and inflated they make a near perfect sphere. The black spots on the ball helped players to perceive any swerve on the ball. Developments in soccer ball design is continuing. Many companies have recently come out with new high tech materials and designs for soccer balls. The object is to develop the optimum soccer ball that is flight accurate, water proof, fast in flight and transfers all of your kicking force to the ball (without absorbing energy), has soft feel, and is safe to head the ball.