While the first day of Euro 2020 has just ended this Tuesday, March 15 with the victories of Portugal and France against Hungary and Germany, all the stars have played at least one match and we were able to discover their pairs of crampons, sometimes surprising, that we present to you today.
Most of the big players of this European championship are obviously equipped by Nike and adidas which are the two giants of the market but Puma, New Balance or even Under Armor are distinguished with the help of stars like Antoine Griezmann, Raheem Sterling or Memphis Depay, who put their last silos forward. It is also important to note that as with every major international competition, some equipment manufacturers spoil their ambassadors with completely personalized signature shoes.
Facing Croatia at Wembley, Harry Kane sported his stunning Nike-customized Phantom GTs to honor his Premier League top scorer and assisting titles. This pair of crampons that we presented to you at the beginning of June is distinguished by its unique color but retains the same technical characteristics as the Phantom GT from the Impulse pack worn by Romelu Lukaku and some rising stars of European football.
The Belgian number 9, but also Phil Foden and Mason Mount, particularly shone on this first day with their pair of lemon-colored Phantom GTs. Although he was less successful, Kai Havertz also sported these very flashy shoes where we find Flyknit on the upper with technology ACC which would optimize ball control in all playing conditions. However, these players probably do not need it as the ball sticks to their feet!
In the midst of the behemoths, New Balance is trying to find a place for itself and can now count on Raheem Sterling who joined the brand just before the Euro. Like Harry Kane, the Manchester City winger has the chance to play in this great competition with a pair of signature crampons that we presented to you following the English victory against the Croats thanks to a goal by a certain … Raheem Sterling !
It is not only the offensive players who are real stars, Paul Pogba is also one and he splashed the match against Germany with all his talent. The number 6 of Les Bleus sports the latest metallic gray color of the Predator Freak as the silo ambassador. From the Showpiece pack, this pair features the same technologies as the Predator Freak from the Superspectral pack fitted by David Alaba.
With his recent transfer to Real Madrid, the Austrian is one of the most scrutinized players in this Euro and the least we can say is that he responded in the first match against the North Macedonia, notably offering an assist. The former Munich player sports Predator Freak in a purple-pink color where we can distinguish the Demonskin which are small rubber scales placed on the upper to optimize the touch of the ball, in addition to bringing a “punk” look to the pair.
It’s impossible to talk about stars without talking about the Nike Mercurial, also known as the most popular football shoe of the last 20 years. Main ambassador of the silo for more than fifteen years, Cristiano Ronaldo was entitled to a new signing pair for the Euro. Named “Spark Positivity”, CR7’s new jewel brought him luck as he scored twice against Hungary on the first day. This red and white Mercurial Superfly 8 does not present any technological novelty compared to the pair of Mercurial in green-blue turquoise color shod by Kylian Mbappé.
With Luka Modrić, Nicolò Barella, Joshua Kimmich or even Patrick Schick, who marked the start of Euro with a double and a midfield lobe, Kylian Mbappé sports the spectacular Mercurial of the Impulse pack where we find the technology Vaporposite which is a mesh upper that would improve ball control and give the feeling of having a second skin thanks to its finesse.
Fineness is precisely what defines the Copa, which is making its comeback at the Euro after dominating competition in the 1980s. Unveiled at the start of the year, the Copa Sense has unique technical characteristics. We find the legendary kangaroo leather that was on the first Copa Mundials worn by Franz Anton Beckenbauer. This leather is combined with new technologies SensePods, TouchPods and SoftStuds. During this European Championship, it is again the Germans who put this pair forward since İlkay Gündoğan and Manuel Neuer sport the pink and white color of the Superspectral pack.
While many rumors had sent Memphis Depay to another equipment manufacturer for several months, it was with a pair of Under Armors that the Dutch number 10 started the Euro. Better yet, it was with a completely new pair that he played against Ukraine. The Magnetico Pro SL of the player who should join Barça comes in a white color accompanied by a multicolored touch on the vamp, reminiscent of the pair of Puma worn by Antoine Griezmann.
The strongman of the last Euro of the Blues is also the main weapon of Puma with Neymar. The number 7 of the France team has been the ambassador of Ultra for several years but he is no longer so alone since in addition to the Brazilian number 10, he was joined by his teammate Raphaël Varane and a few other French stars like Kingsley Coman or Wissam Ben Yedder. The four Frenchmen sport the Ultra 1.2 of the Spectra pack with its bright white color and its multicolored “MatryxEVO” synthetic upper, designed with carbon filaments and aramid fibers (Kevlar®) for more resistance, lightness and durability. flexibility in order to optimize speed. We therefore understand why the rockets that are Kingsley Coman and Raphaël Varane have joined the leaping feline brand this year.
Superstar expected of this European Championship so much his return to the French team has made people talk, Karim Benzema wears a pair of crampons in the same color as Paul Pogba. Ambassador of the Ghosted X, the number 19 of the Blues abandoned his pink pair from the Superspectral pack just before the Euro to put on the gray X from the Showpiece pack. In front of the Germans, KB9 notably made speak its explosiveness thanks to the sole SpeedFrame and its insert Carbitex in carbon fiber. The speed shoe from adidas is a great success at this Euro since N’Golo Kanté, Thomas Müller and Timo Werner also sport it in a flashy pink color.
The success, the Nemeziz knows it a little less this summer whereas it lives its last European competition since it will be abandoned in favor of the new X. Before saying its farewell, the former silo of Lionel Messi could of everything even shine throughout the Euro at the feet of Ciro Immobile, scorer with Italy against Turkey, Serge Gnabry or Bernardo Silva. These three world-class players wear the Nemeziz in its eye-catching zebra colourway. This pair is prized for support and agility with its textile upper Tension Tape that envelops the foot.
Throughout this Euro that promises to be exciting, we will therefore see pairs of crampons of all colors on the feet of the biggest European stars who, for some, have been particularly spoiled by their equipment manufacturers with very original signature shoes!