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A History of Adidas: classic football boots

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From fritz walter’s 1954 football boots, to lionel messi’s 2012 F50 cleats, designboom takes a look at the history of adidas with a selection of classic football boots from the past 50 years.

Ritz walter wore the shoe both prior to and during the 1954 world cup in switzerland. the shoe was resoled after the world cup. the argentinia was revolutionary. until that point, football boots were primarily designed to protect the foot. the boot, which was developed for the german national team, was the first to fulfil the requirements which still stand for football boots today: it was lightweight and flexible, and provided good contact with the ball and secure contact with the pitch. significant improvements included a narrower last and a lower-cut upper. the hard toe cap was dispensed with, the outsole was flexible and the boot featured easily changeable thread inserts, which were pressed through the insole and outsole from the inside (1952 patent), along with slim 18 mm nylon screw-in studs.

materials: the upper is made of box calf, the vamp and back lining of calf leather. the tongue lining and inlay sole are twill. insole and outsole are made of vegetable tanned bottom leather (vache leather).

fritz walter – adidas argentinia – 1953, football shoe worn at the 1954 FIFA world cup in switzerland shoe size: 8,5 (uk), 436 gfritz walter – adidas argentinia, 1953 – bottom viewimage © adidas

uwe seeler – adidas achilles – 1965 football boot shoe size: 8 (uk), 342 g image © adidas

in february 1965, uwe seeler tore his achilles tendon. at the time, this would have usually signaled the end of an athlete’s career. adi dassler designed a special orthopedic shoe which enabled the athlete to play again as early as august of the same year. it was wearing this shoe that uwe seeler scored the deciding goal at the world cup qualifying match against sweden on 26 september. the heel construction with lacing and built-in cushioning takes the pressure off the rear foot and the achilles tendon and provides additional support. it has been worn by athletes suffering from problems such as bursitis, achilles tendon injuries and heel spurs. due to the integrated heel pad, the shoe had to be worn half a size up.

 

materials: the upper leather and lining are made of black, specially tanned cow hide. the heel seat insert is made of kangaroo leather. the pads are made of 10 mm foam. the insole is made of vegetable tanned bottom leather (vache leather). the pre-fabricated outsole is made of blue polyamide (nylon). the studs and the washers are made of aluminium.

uwe seeler – adidas achilles, 1965 – bottom view

bobby moore – adidas diamant – 1966, football boots worn at the FIFA world cup in england shoe size: 7 (uk), 304 g image © adidas

england’s robert (bobby) moore became world champion wearing this boot in london in 1966. the athlete himself was responsible for the unconventional choice of studs and the indentations on the ball studs. the boot was modelled on the “diamant” and produced on a special last which was created to replicate bobby moore’s foot.

materials: the upper leather and lining are made of black, specially tanned cow hide (water-repellent). the pads are made of 10mm foam. the insole is made of vegetable-tanned bottom leather (vache leather). the pre-fabricated outsole is made of blue polyamide (nylon). the studs and the washers are made of leather, nylon and aluminium.

bobby moore – adidas diamant, 1966 – bottom view

 

franz beckenbauer – adidas cosmos – 1970, football boot shoe size: 7 (uk), 277 g image © adidas

franz beckenbauer always wore his boots until they fell apart. as he usually played with the outside of his foot, he mostly wore through the upper leather around the outer ball of his right foot. the boot was made using a last adapted to match the athlete’s foot. franz beckenbauer has narrow feet and takes between a uk size 7 and 7.5. the crushed patent leather is very light, soft and smooth; it also repels water and dirt.

materials: the upper is made of black crushed patent leather, the back lining of calf leather. the facings are made of white cow hide. the replacement inlay sole is made of fabric padded with 3mm foam. the pre-fabricated heel counter is made of nylon. the insole is made of vegetable-tanned bottom leather (vache leather). the inlay sole is made of fabric padded with 3mm foam. studs and nylon outsole are made using high-pressure injection molding.

 

 

franz beckenbauer – adidas cosmos, 1970 – top view

 

 

adidas copa mundial – 1982, football boot shoe size: 7,5 (uk), 306 g image © adidas

 

 

the copa mundial is the most successful football boot produced by adidas. the upper has a pressure-free, integrated, stiff heel counter and a comfortably cushioned vamp. the pur outsole is flexible and highly resistant to wear and tear. the black studs are made of robust, extremely durable PUR.

 

materials: the upper is made of kangaroo leather.  the back lining and heel reinforcement are made of a PVC coated knitted material. the vamp pad is made of 3 mm foam, covered with self-adhesive nylon fabric. the tongue lining is made of foam/charmeuse leather.

 

 

adidas copa mundial, 1982 – bottom view

 

 

david beckham – adidas predator TRX SG – 2001, football boot shoe size: 9 (uk), 358 g image © adidas

 

 

this shoe was produced for the english national football player david beckham in the made to meassure area in scheinfeld (germany). a personalized lace was used. it was a wish of david beckham to stitch the name of his first son brooklyn beckham and his date of birth on the shoe. the 7 on the heel refers to his number in the english national team. the shoe is also stitched with the the english flag.

 

 

david beckham – adidas predator TRX SG, 2001 – bottom view

 

 

lionel andrés messi – adidas F50 – 2012, custom made football boot shoe size: 8 (UK), 195 g image © adidas

 

 

the F50 was custom-made for lionel messi in the made to meassure area in scheinfeld (germany).

 

 

lionel andrés messi – adidas F50, 2012 – bottom view

 

 

 

 

fritz walter – adidas argentinia detail – 1953, football shoe worn at the 1954 FIFA world cup in switzerland uwe seeler – adidas achilles detail – 1965 football boot bobby moore – adidas diamant front/rear view – 1966, football boots worn at the FIFA world cup in england lionel andrés messi – adidas F50 front/rear view http://www.designboom.com/

After a long bibliographical review it brings over of the injuries associated with the breaks of tibia and fibula in the football, I believe that the football player is not conscious of the need to assure him a good protection that could avoid injuries of long duration that often take associate complications of long direction and that might be avoided. From my experience I think that the football player must be conscious that a good protection, nowadays, is associated with the use of materials composites as the carbon fiber that they assure a maximum lightness and that due to his hardness has a very much major resistance that the steel.

In this study, they performed a retrospective review of 31 athletes who sustained a fracture of the lower leg from a direct blow while playing soccer. Fifteen fractures involved both the tibia and fibula 11 only the tibia, and 5 only the fibula. Information was collected using a standardized questionnaire. The mean follow-up from the time of injury was 30 months. Injuries typically occurred in young, competitive athletes during game situations. The mechanisms were broadly classified into several categories: contact during a slide tackle (13, 42%), a collision with the goalkeeper (8, 26%), two opposing players colliding while swinging for a loose ball (7, 23%), or a player being kicked by a standing opponent (3, 10%). The majority of fractures (26, 90%) occurred while the athletes were wearing shin guards. The point of impact was with the shin guard prior to the fracture in 16 cases (62%). Return to competitive soccer averaged 40 weeks for combined tibia and fibula fractures, 35 weeks for isolated tibia fractures, and 18 weeks for isolated fibula fractures. Injuries were associated with a high incidence of major complications (12 out of 31, 39%), especially in concurrent tibia and fibula fractures (8 out of 15, 50%). These findings suggest that lower leg fractures in soccer players are serious injuries, often necessitating a prolonged recovery time. In addition, this study questions the ability of shin guards to protect against fractures.

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Boden BP, Lohnes JH, Nunley JA, Garrett WE Jr.

Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, Silver Spring, MD 20902, USA.

We continue our interview section with Blindaxe players. We have decided to focus on a great goalkeeper, and a friend of us too, who has helped us from the beginning and we owe a lot.

Diego Rivas Rego, known as Diego Rivas (Narón, May 27, 1987) is a 25-year-old goalkeeper currently in Elche Football Club after passing through several major teams in recent years, as the RCD Coruña and CD Lugo.

When does your passion for football begins? Tell us about your sports career.

Since childhood, both at school and in the park with my friends. I was always near a ball because that was one of the things that amused me. My first “serious” team is a football school that was established in Ferrol for lower grades, some kind of academy, because they are not compete. My first team was San Pablo in Ferrol, now non existing club, moving in junior age to Narón Balompé. I later signed to Racing de Ferrol, where I passed through all lower categories up to the first team. Because of the lack of opportunities, I decided to go to Narón Balompé again, which at that time was active in 3rd Division (and where I shared team with the great architect of this company, Simon). After two good years I signed to Deportivo La Coruña to play in their second team, and two years later left to CD Lugo. Finally, this summer came to Elche.

In the last years you have lived an upward trend, which gradually puts you in the elite but a goalkeeper evolves or stalls its progression?

Evolves, of course. Being a goalkeeper is not something apart from personal life or sports. I think you always learn new things, every day is an opportunity to do it and as a goalkeeper I approach it. The closer you get to the elite means the resources, material an professionals, are supposed to be better and that helps even more to recycle and improve.

In your experience after playing in many categories of national football, how would you describe the differences between them from the goal line?

Yes I have learned in all of them, each one has its own characteristics, but from what I have seen, the intensity is higher as you get closer to the elite. And mistakes are more expensive, even more in the case of the goalkeeper. A small error in a tight, escaping a couple of feet away from your body: in some categories, nothing happens, and in higher ones it means a goal.

Contact injuries or blows to the tibia are common in goalkeepers?

Maybe not as common as in a field player, but can you be beaten and it is important to be well protected. For example in a save to intercept a pass inside the area.

Do you think wearing carbon fiber shinpads Blindaxe sport increases your safety in games?

Yes, you know that any blow to that area will be almost negligible. I’d like to highlight the lightweight comfort you feel wearing them

We know you have a barely customized model, but tell us what you wear in your  shin guards and why?

I just put my name and a Galician flag. I like to feel my land and everything it represents near (family, friends, memories …).

After having weared two models in past years, do you dare to think about a new design for next year? haha

That’s something I have been thinking about, and if this year we manage to reach the target and promote, I’ll have to make a new design for next season

 Finally, thank you for trusting Blindaxe sport since the beginning and good luck in promoting to First Division, it is becoming closer!

Thank you very much for those good wishes and for the wonderful treatment that I know you give to your customers.