After a first round where the France team achieved its goal by finishing at the top of the most complicated group, it is the Swiss led by Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri who await the Blues in the round of 16 at the National Arena in Bucharest . If the poster is undoubtedly less attractive on paper than a Belgium-Portugal or England which hosts Germany at Wembley, the show should still be there and the equipment manufacturers are already enjoying the fact of seeing Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappé perform superb movements with the most beautiful pairs of crampons in the world.
Puma and Nike, which equip Switzerland and France respectively, will be extremely well represented at the feet of the 22 probable holders while only 5 players are expected to wear adidas shoes. If the comma mark will be the most represented with 9 players who will carry one of its three silos, it is Puma which creates the big surprise since 8 holders should highlight the leaping feline while on average, only 7 % of players from the 5 major European leagues wear shoes from the German brand according to a study by FootballBootsDB.
With Antoine Griezmann at the head of the line, Puma will benefit from a huge spotlight in the Romanian capital on Monday, June 28. Main ambassador of the Ultra silo for several years, the French number 7 will be accompanied by Raphaël Varane, Steven Zuber and Ricardo Rodríguez to highlight the brand’s speed shoe with the leaping feline. These four players will sport the Ultra 1.2 in its multicolored colourway from the Spectra pack. Unveiled a few weeks before the start of the Euro, this pair is composed of a synthetic upper ” MatryxEVO », Designed with carbon filaments and aramid fibers (Kevlar®) which would offer resistance, flexibility and lightness in order to sublimate speed.
For their part, Granit Xhaka, Haris Seferović, Nico Elvedi and Yann Sommer will highlight the Puma Future Z 1.1 of which Neymar is the main ambassador. Prized for its flexibility, this pair is revealed in a bright white color and features the famous adaptable compression band ” FUZIONFIT + »In a multicolored color. This band that wraps around the foot provides optimal support as well as ideal support for explosive movements and changes of direction while the mesh upper is covered with a thin layer of ” GripControl Pro In order to improve the touch of the ball.
If Puma creates the nice surprise on the equipment side, it is again and always Nike who is in front and who will be able to count on Kylian Mbappé to put forward his speed shoe. With the premature elimination of Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal, the comma brand relies on the number 10 of the Blues who has become a flagship ambassador of the brand since its emergence with AS Monaco. Like Xherdan Shaqiri, the native of Bondy sports the Mercurial Superfly 8 in a green-blue turquoise color from the Impulse pack. Breel Embolo wears the same color on the Mercurial Vapor 14, which is a low version. On these latest generation Mercurials, we find the technology Vaporposite which is a mesh upper that would improve ball control and give the feeling of having a second skin as it is thin. For his part, Presnel Kimpembe is rather old school and opts for the Mercurial Vapor 13 and its technology Flyknit.
In vogue in recent months, the Phantom silo will not steal the show at the Mercurial during this round of 16 but will still be well represented at the feet of Manuel Akanji, Remo Freuler and finally Adrien Rabiot, who is expected to start on the French left flank in place of Lucas Hernandez, hit in the knee. The three players will sport the Phantom GT in its ultra flashy lemon color where we find Flyknit on the upper combined with technology ACC which was once present on the Hypervenom and which would offer optimal ball control in all playing conditions.
Lucas Hernandez should not be able to highlight the Tiempo Legend 8 and its turquoise blue color, but Clément Lenglet will do it for him since he should start alongside Raphaël Varane and Presnel Kimpembe in defense. Hugo Lloris will also carry the defenders’ silo where we find the famous kangaroo leather that was present on all football boots before the democratization of synthetic materials which are lighter. Despite the presence of this leather, the Tiempo Legend 8 is still quite modern since Nike has integrated the outsole into it. Hyperstability recognized for its lightness.
Although adidas will be much less represented than Nike or Puma for this France-Switzerland, the brand with the three stripes is still lucky to be able to count on extremely popular ambassadors to highlight its latest pairs. After finally being released by scoring a double against Portugal from CR7, Karim Benzema could well be the hero of the evening on the Blues side with his pair of X Ghosted from the Showpiece pack. The number 19 of the France team therefore opts for a metallic gray color while Benjamin Pavard and N’Golo Kanté evolve with an ultra flashy pink pair. No matter the color, this pair sublimates speed through the outsole SpeedFrame and its insert Carbitex in carbon fiber that optimize lightness.
Like the Madrid striker, Paul Pogba highlights the last metal gray color of the silo of which he is the main ambassador. The number 6 of the Blues should also be the only holder to put on the Predator Freak where we can distinguish the small rubber scales placed on the vamp. Called Demonskin, these little red and blue peaks optimize the feel of the ball, in addition to providing a look as original as that of La Pioche.
Finally, the Copa Sense will not be put forward in this game which promises to be exciting between the Swiss and the French but the Nemeziz will be. While he is about to disappear, the former silo of Lionel Messi could be worn one last time by Silvan Widmer if his selection were to be eliminated. Whoever could have the heavy task of limiting Kylian Mbappé will display the silo of agility in its very original zebra color where we find the textile rod Tension Tape that envelops the foot.
If once again, Nike emerges as the winner in the number of holders highlighting the comma, it is Puma who should carry out the good operation of the evening on the side of the equipment manufacturers with 8 probable holders led by Antoine Griezmann to wear the crampons of the mark to the leaping feline. Finally, adidas could still create a surprise even outnumbered thanks to Paul Pogba, Karim Benzema or N’Golo Kanté.