Two of the football boots nominated in the Football Boot Awards 2007 helped Manchester United and Arsenal secure vital 1-0 wins in the Champions League group stages last night.
Wayne Rooney struck his first goal of the season in his Nike Total 90 Laser football boots which are up for nomination in the Football Boot of the Year, Best Looking Football Boot, and Most Innovative Football Boot categories, to give the Premiership Champions a narrow win against Roma.
Roma may be relieved to escape with a 1-0 defeat after incurring a 7-1 drubbing at the hands of United in last season’s quarter final. Indeed, Nike Mercurial Vapor III wearer Christiano Ronaldo kicked off the pre match banter by suggesting that a certain Roma defender begged him to stop dribbling at the worn down Italian team’s backline after the scoreline reached 6-0!
A late strike by Dutch international Robin Van Persie sank Steaua Bucharest last night and gave Arsenal a second successive Champions League win. Van Persie hit the only goal in his Adidas Predator Absolute’s, which are up against the likes of the Hummel 8.4 Pio Sport, the Mizuno Morelia, Prior2Lever Assassin and the Umbro Speciali ’07 in the Awards’ Most Comfortable Football Boot category.
The most impressive result of the night was Rangers 3-0 victory away at French Champions Lyon, maintaining their 100% start to this season’s European campaign. Scotland international Lee McCulloch (Adidas Predator Absolute) began the scoring before Nike Mercurial Vapor III duo Daniel Cousin and DaMarcus Beasley added breakaway goals early in the second half.
Tonight, Liverpool entertain Marseille whilst Chelsea face a tough trip to Valencia.
For Chelsea, John Terry, (who’s signed Umbro X Boot Destroyer’s you could win by voting in the Football Boot Awards) is likely to play through the pain by wearing a protective mask, which looks a cross between a pair of Biggles goggles and something a superhero would wear!
At Anfield, Liverpool will be hoping to gain their first three points of this season’s competition but will have to pay close attention to the returning Djibril Cisse. The French international’s Adidas F50 Tunit 2 has been nominated in the Best Looking category alongside the Mitre Vortex Pro, Lotto Zhero Evolution and the Umbro Ultra SX, worn by Barcelona playmaker Deco, whilst also featuring in the Most Innovative and Football Boot of the Year categories.
Meanwhile Rafa Benitez has challenged beanpole Peter Crouch to let his Puma v.106 football boots do the talking and follow Yossi Benayoun’s (Nike Mercurial Vapor III) recent example by scoring the goals that may secure him a more regular starting place. The Puma v.106 football boot locks horns with Crouch’s England strike partner Michael Owen’s Umbro X Boot III in the Football Boot of the Year category, as well as coming up against the Nomis Glove in the Most Innovative category. The Puma v.106 also features in the Most Comfortable category.