A quick fire round-up of the world of football, oh and football boots.
With football boot news a bit thin on the ground today, the Footy Boots team decided to take you on a roller coaster ride of football boots snippets on the web. Hold tight!
Women’s World Cup
Purists may dismiss the Women’s World Cup in China, but Footy Boots can assure you it is taken very seriously. We reported yesterday that Kelly Smith celebrated scoring against the Japanese, by taking of her X Boot III football boots and kissing them. Well the England manager has put a stop to that stating “I didn’t like it, I thought it was disrespectful – she won’t be doing it again”. The Footy Boots team are now eagerly awaiting her next goal and wondering what she might remove instead.
As if that’s not enough to demonstrate that the Women’s World Cup is now a major event, the Danish team are furious after losing to China on Wednesday night. They claim they were spied on during tactical discussions behind a two way mirror. The Danes had taken photographs to prove the spying, but had their camera stolen. It all kicked off after the game when a member of the Denmark staff allegedly punched a member of the Chinese team.
The ongoing confusion about Ballack’s omission from Chelsea’s 23 man squad for the Champions League group phases continues.
Adidas carried out some biomechanical tests on Ballack, although the results are not confirmed, German medical staff admitted that he may not be back next month, contrary to what they had said previously.
It seems that the ‘special one’ was right to leave him out of the squad, and that the claims from Germany coach Joachim Low, Franz Beckenbauer and Oliver Bierhoff were a load of Ballack’s.
Tough Brazil Nut
This week saw Michael Owen score four goals in his White/Red England colourway Umbro X Boot III‘s, to save Steve McClaren from the chop. As if not enough to cheer up the “Ginger One”, he will no doubt be chuckling at the FA’s first choice for the England manager’s job, the Brazilian Luiz Felipe Scolari.
Scolari’s Portugal drew with Serbia on Wednesday night, putting Portugal in doubt of qualification for the European Championships. Tempers flared at the final whistle, when Scolari threw a jab at Serbian Dragutinovic.
Scolari said he didn’t make contact. Dragutinovic said the punch brushed his cheek. You make your own conclusion – watch the video.