The growing number of futsal players in the US now have a another top shoe to meet their needs as Munich futsal shoes land in North America for the first time!
Whilst you might be hearing the Munich name for the first time here on Footy-Boots.com, Munich and their iconic ‘X’ Logo are actually one of the most storied and revered names in small-sided football.
And rather than being a long-lost name that’s being revived, the Munich name is as strong today as it ever was, with an array of top-level futsal players wearing them, playing for the biggest teams in Europe.
The Munich G3
The company is based in Villanova d’Espoia in Barcelona, where 250,000 upmarket sports footwear and streetwear models are produced annually by more than 50 artisan shoemakers. These footwear experts control the manufacturing process, from machining and finish to the manual phases of the most sophisticated designs.
The distinctive “X” logo in the middle of the shoe comes from a period in Spain’s history when Catalan companies often had limited resources and a need for simple designs that were easy to produce consistently. It has become an instantly-recognizable trademark around Europe and a reflection of the Catalan culture that combines hard-work and excellent with the creative spirit for which Barcelona is known.
In the 1980s, Munich was the first sport shoe company in Spain to develop a technical futsal shoe – the Gresca – for the growing 5v5 fútbol sala (futsal) craze in Catalunya and around Spain.
A distinctive feature of the Munich futsal shoe models such as Gresca, G3, G3.5 and XLSis the best toe protection available in a futsal shoe. This feature is instrumental for the quick toe-poke shot practiced by top futsal and street soccer stars and cannot be found on the many of the larger brands’ indoor soccer shoes.
Other features found on Munich models are the Vulcanized rubber sole and double-density midsole. The shoes’ uppers, depending on the model, are made of top-quality kangaroo, boxer, cowhide, suede and hi-tech synthetic materials.
The most popular and well-known Munich model is the Gresca, a shoe that combines all of the above technological advancements with fresh styling with equal appeal for futsal, street soccer and daily wear.
Munich’s Gresca is the model Munich will be putting front-and-centre as they vie for a place in the futsal shoe market. With a premium pricetag of $119.99, Munich’s shoes might be a little more expensive than the other brand’s offerings, but they’ll be banking on the Gresca’s top-level materials and creation from a brand that lives and breathes the game to see them through!
Futsal superstars who wear Munich include:
- LNFS 2011-12 MVP and top Spain national futsal team winger Sergio Lozano – who also stars for Barcelona Alusport
- LNFS 2011-12 Top Defender and Brazil national team winger, Ari Santos, also of reigning LNFS and UEFA club champions Barcelona Alusport
- Veteran Brazilian pivot Wilde, who helped Barcelona Alusport to their quadruple last season and was a major part of Brazil’s successful run in the 2012 FIFA Futsal World Cup
- Brazil national team and Inter Movistar (LNFS) star Betão
- Top LNFS goalkeeper, Cristian
- Attacking maestro for Spain and ElPozo Murcia, Miguelín
- Esquerdinha, last season’s top-scoring forward in the LNFS and ElPozo’s former spark plug (he moved to Dinamo Moscow in the offseason)
- Russia national team goalkeeper Gustavo
- Spain national team winger Borja Blanco Gil, formerly with Inter Movistar and now playing in Italy for Marca Futsal
- Italy national team captain, Rodolfo Fortino of Luparense Calcio a 5
What do you think of Munich’s designs? Are you a serious Futsal player – if so – will you pick up a pair?