With England’s National team not in action this weekend, it gave us a great excuse to cast our football boots-spotting gaze a little further afield to some of the lesser spotted international teams!

Costel Pantilimon – Romania – Mizuno Football Boots

Not the best picture of the Romanian Goalkeeper, but as you can just about make out from the bottom of the picture, the 23 year old is one of the growing number of players adopting the Mizuno Wave Ignitus as his football boots of choice.

And what a ringing endorsement that is, the young keeper kept France at bay for 83 minutes with an inspired performance – but 2 goals in the last 7 minutes belie the efforts of Pantilimon, and saw Romania lose 2-0.

Loic Remy – France – Puma Football Boots

France are desperately fighting for some national pride in their national football team at the moment, and coming on as a substitute, Loic Remy instantly raised hopes in Les Bleus.

Coming on as a late sub, the highly-touted Remy was on hand to break the deadlock and give France an opener in his gold Puma v1.08 football boots, an odd choice given the Marseilles striker must have been offered the super-light Puma v1.10 SL at some point!

Marco Borriello – Italy – Nike Football Boots

The Big Roma Loan man has been a bone of contention among Azzurri fans in his short international career, and a goalless draw in Belfast certainly won’t have done much to help his case.

However, the 28-year-old has always stayed true to his football boots, playing in Nike Mercurial Vapors as long as we can remember. It’s interesting to see, then, that Borriello has been stubbornly clinging to his Superfly I’s since April. What’s the matter Marco? Do the new Cherry Superfly II‘s not take your fancy?

Portugal’s Speed Trio – adidas, Nike & Puma Football Boots

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Here’s a nice triple-boot-spot for you! Cristiano Ronaldo returned to international football to captain Portugal to a convincing 3-1 over a promising Denmark side, scoring Portugal’s third the Voltage Cherry Superfly II, with his now-infamous mixed soleplate.

It was Nani, though, who shone on the night, helping himself to Portugal’s two opening goals and assisting Ronaldo for the third. After a performance like that, we certainly don’t expect Nani to change out of those cyan adidas F50 adiZero‘s anytime soon!

Capping off the three market leading speed-boots was Silvestre Varela, who’s one of the surprisingly few who have adopted the v1.10SL. Varela saw little of the game, coming on as an 88th minute sub for Nani.

Andy Mwesigwa – Uganda – Mizuno Football Boots

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Ugandan international Andy Mwesigwa is clearly a man who is very specific about his taste in football boots! Wearing some Mizuno’s that we’re – for once – struggling to identify!

We reckon they could be the Wave Striker 2, given that they’re very similar to the Wave Shinken 2, but without the distinctive Bio-Panel on the instep. If you know, make sure you tell us in the comments!

Update: Our friends at Mizuno have confirmed these are the Mizuno Morelia Wave, which we covered back in February 2007 when they were released – we don’t be forgetting that in a hurry – thanks Mizuno!

Toni Croos – Germany – adidas Football Boots

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Kroos was famous among boot-spotters for his unusual choice of adidas Predator PowerSwerves, which were David Beckham’s signature model from two years ago – complete with the LA Galaxy crest on the tongue of the right boot!

The Bayern Munich midfielder has settled on the adiPure III‘s now, though, wearing the White/Black/Poppy versions that seem almost custom made to go with the German national team’s kit.

John Bostock – England Under 19’s – Nike Football Boots

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We love a good custom colourway here at, and a big shout out to Spurs youngster John Bostock for brightening our day with some sunshine-yellow Nike CTR360 Maestri‘s!

We think these football boots are definitely a NikeiD creation, rather than a super-secret new colourway – which is kind of shame, as we think the rare Yellow/White combo would really stand out on a pitch!

That’s all from us for now, but we’ll be bringing you an update if we spot anything new in tonight’s matches!

Until then, drop us a comment with any amazing spots that you come across!

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  1. says: channo

    about Andy Mwesigwa’s boots: from the white/red colorway, black heel counter, transparent studs, and the super-obvious graphic on the tongue, i’m guessing that they’re the “morelia wave”

    basically, it’s an old morelia, but equipped with their newer gimmicks: external heel counter, tiger claw studs, wave technology, etc.

    however, it seems that those boots are quite limited, i never get my hands on any of them either…

  2. says: Mike

    Andy Mwesigwa are the Wave Shinken II. The bio panel for that pearl/red colourway is grey and hard to see. Look closely and you can see it. It was one of the earlier Shinken II colourways (one I couldn’t get 🙁 ).

  3. says: channo

    @Mike: i don’t think so. but correct me if i’m wrong 🙂

    the Wave Shinken II have runbird logo on the middle of its tongue.

    while this one have that specifically-wave-morelia graphic and mizuno letters sideways.

  4. says: Mike


    Yeah, I think you’re right. Didn’t notice the different graphic. The tongue does look a lot like the shinken one shape-wise and the bladed studes threw me off. When I think morelia, I think big flappy classic tongue and rounded studs. Also the wear on the boot plus small photo = bio panel lol!

    Good spot Channo!

  5. says: Schwall

    clint dempsey of the usmnt has changed to nike t90s, away from his usual mercurial superfly or vapors that he has worn for the past few years!

  6. says: Dempsey_8_23

    Is Ronaldo’s soleplate infamous because everybody wants it and they’re mad at him or jealous? Or did you mean famous? Or am I retarded?

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