Being a defender is a tough job at the best of times. You don’t get as much glory as your attacking counterparts, you can’t switch off for a single second and you only feel like you’ve done your job right if you completely ruin the other team’s day.

But maybe worst of all, you don’t get any football boots made for you!

Wingers get Speed boots, Strikers get accuracy boots – so find out what the World’s best defenders are wearing at the moment!

Odds ‘n’ Ends

Obviously not the best picture of Clarence Goodson, but we had to find an excuse to squeeze these new Racecar-Red Create Pro II‘s!

Once again, some of the best boots are only being represented by one defender!
Diadora – Brasil Italy – Reto Ziegler – Switzerland
Under Armour – Create Pro II
– Clarence Goodson – USA
Diadora – Kobra K Pro – Daiki Iwamasa – Japan
Umbro – Stealth Pro
– Gael Clichy – France

Mizuno Morelia – 2 Wearers

Lee Jung-Soo – South Korea, Per KrÄ‚¶ldrup – Denmark

Great to see that the Morelia is being represented. Not only did it get a great write-up here on, it’s one of those boots that just gets better the longer you wear it.

adidas Predator PowerSwerve – 2 Wearers

Ledley King – England, Kolo Tour'© – Ivory Coast

Proof that you can’t keep a good boot down, the Predator Powerswerve returns! Though the fact that it is only on the feet of two defenders is probably a sign that the teething problems with the Predator_X have finally subsided!

Copa Mundial / World Cup – 3 Wearers

Osman Chávez – Honduras, Victor Bernardez – Honduras, Matthew Upson – England

If there was any football boot that you would associate with a defender it would be the Copa Mundial. The no-nonsense classic should be a staple in the locker of any self respecting centre-back. Except…it’s not. Only 3 players have taken their Copa Munidals to the actual Copa Mundial – for shame!

Puma v1.08 – 3 Wearers

Lars Jacobsen – Denmark, Vasilis Torosidis – Greece, Uwa Elderson Echi'©jil'© – Nigeria

After sneaking onto our list of most popular goalkeepers football boots – The v1.08 once again shows up where it’s not expected! It’s ligtweight construction must appeal to defenders who like to really be on the heels of the man they’re marking.

Umbro Speciali – 4 Wearers

Tommy Smith – New Zealand, John Terry – England, Stephen Warnock – England

Another classic boot that you’d expect defenders to love wearing is languishing behind it’s more modern counterparts, unfortunately!

The Speciali is clearly loved by the Anglicised, though – as all it’s wearers play their club football in England

Lotto Fuerzapura – 6 Wearers

Joan Capdevila – Spain, Christian Maggio – Italy, Nicolas N’Koulou – Cameroon

It’s easy to see why Lotto’s FuerzaPura would be a favourite with defenders. The construction is aimed at producing power in kicks, making clearances satisfying to hit up field, and the Twist’n’go technology makes it easier on defenders to cope with agile attackers!

Nike Mercurial Vapor V/ Superfly I – 9 (3 MVV + 6 SF1) Wearers

Ji Yun-Nam – North Korea, Samuel Inkoom – Ghana, William Gallas – France

Another speed boot that gets a little representation in the back line is the Vapor V and the Superfly I. Proving that defenders don’t just opt for protective boots, the representation of the Vapor showcases the modern man at the back, who refuses to let spry strikers get the better of them for pace.

Nike Superfly II – 10 Wearers

Daniel Alves – Brazil, Aaron Mokoena – South Africa, Paul Aguilar – Mexico

Just edging out it’s predecessor, the Superfly II has become a massive favourite with flying wing-backs and overlapping wide-players alike. It’s rigid Carbon Fibre construction makes it as tough in the tackle as many other bigger, more bulky football boots

Puma PowerCat 1.10 – 10 Wearers

Paulo Ferreira – Portugal, Nemanja Vidic – Serbia, Bacary Sagna – France

The PowerCat 1.10 might surprise a lot of people for not being on more pairs of feet! The choice of several rough-and-tumble defenders at club football level, we were definitely shocked to find that Puma’s newest is only on 10 pairs of defenders feet.

Puma v1.10 Football Boots

Puma v1.10 – 12 Wearers Stephan Lichtsteiner – Switzerland, BenoÄ‚®t Assou-Ekotto – Cameroon, Tony Lochhead – New Zealand

If the PowerCat‘s standing shocked you, then v1.10‘s is going to leave your jaw on the floor! Despite being a speed boot (and one of the less popular ones, at that) the v1.10 clocks in as the 7th most popular boot with defenders in this World Cup.

Nike CTR360 – 19 Wearers

Ashley Cole – England, Oguchi Onyewu – USA, Fabio Cannavaro – Italy

19 of the world’s finest defenders reckon the CTR360 is as good for stoic defenders as it is for creative midfielders.

The pass-pad is great for quickly shifting the play from defence to attack, and the KangaLite Pods are as good for absorbing impact as they are for taking the spin off of shaky passes.

adidas F50 adiZero – 22 Wearers

Daniel Agger – Denmark, Michel Bastos – Brazil, Sergio Mendoza – Honduras

Adidas’ newest rockets int0 5th place in this chart, and we can’t help but wonder how many of these players played in the adiZero’s predecessor football boots; the f50i, and how many people have jumped on the f50 bandwagon now that it can lay claim to the lightest boot in the World?

adidas adiPure III – 24 wearers

MartÄ‚­n Demichelis – Argentina, Philipp Lahm – Germany, Yasuyuki Konno – Japan

The adiPure III is definitely a boot that resonates with defenders the World over – players from 5 continents join under the adiPure’s banner – which is probably made of super-soft K-leather, too!

Nike Tiempo Legend III Football Boots

Nike Tiempo Legend III – 29 Wearers

Gerard Pique – Spain, Lucas Neil – Australia, Gilberto – Brazil

After impressively topping our list of boots that Goalkeepers wear earlier this week, it’s down to 3rd place for the Nike Football mainstay.

A boot that has long been associated with some of the World’s top defenders, it’s great to see the likes of Carlos Puyol and Ä‚€°ric Abidal keeping that tradition alive.

adidas Predator_X – 32 Wearers

Per Mertesacker – Germany, Waldo Ponce – Chile, Ri Kwang-Chon – Korea DPR

Originally designed to enhance deadly finishing, defenders have quickly seen the benefits that the adidas Predator series can bring to their game.

The latest incarnation’s PowerSpine technology prevents the foot from bending unnaturally when tackling an opponent as well as providing some added ‘oomph’ when getting the ball upfield.

Nike T90 Laser III – 38 Wearers

Sergio Ramos – Spain, Giovanni van Bronckhorst – Holland, Carlos Bocanegra – US

The Nike T90 Laser III becoming the first choice for many of the World’s top defenders ultimately represents the shift in a defenders role in the modern game. Rather than just being a wall to stop the other team, it’s not the job of the best defenders to spread and control the play using pin-point accurate passing and crossing – which is one of the things the Laser III is best at!

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  1. says: Fchy

    Bastos’s from Brazil, not France !
    By the way, he’s a miedfilder for Lyon, but a Defender with his national Team…

  2. says: spencer

    “adidas F50 adiZero – 22 Wearers

    Daniel Agger – Denmark, Michel Bastos – France, Sergio Mendoza – Honduras”

    i’m pretty sure michel bastos is from brasil!?!

    other than that a very interesting read

    i would like to hear more about the lotto boots though!

  3. says: holland

    i’m an attack minded left full-back and i love the Vapor 5’s i was extremely disappointed with the Laser 3’s they feel very heavy, and i don’t like shooting/clearing in them. i feel in the Vapors you can get under the ball better. and the Laser 3’s aren’t very durable. and no i’m not a vapor fan-boy

  4. says: kyle

    holland – interesting point!

    I know some people like the ‘bulk’ of the lasers to put the foot through the ball, but I bet that if you have to react quickly you’d put less thought into getting your foot under a ball in a slimmer boot…

  5. says: eric

    not really sure if you could consider goodson “in the world cup.” yeah, he was there, but he got as much playing time as Paul the octopus.

  6. says: yoho

    hmmm, interesting results, does anyone know where they can write a column or at least try to because i have a point to make about the superfly’s and their lightness

  7. says: holland

    Also i like the glove like feel of the Vapors, the Laser 3’s seem very lose around the ankle for me, like it could fall of if someone stepped on your heal, yes even if i do double sock it doesn’t change it. The odd part is i do have wide feet. End of the day i guess everyone just has a personal preference

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