Puma King XL – Panel Football Boot of the Year
The Puma King celebrates its 40th birthday this year.
First introduced in 1968 as the “King Eus'©bio” to honour Portugal’s legendary Mozambican-born soccer star Eus'©bio da Silva Ferreira who was the top scorer at the 1966 World Cup.
Over the years, the King became a legend and was worn by legends. The world’s greatest football stars wore the King including Eus'©bio, Brazil’s Pele, Argentina’s Maradona and Dutch maestro Johan Cruyff.
Roger Harrison, Marketing Director PUMA UK:
We’re thrilled that the King XL has been awarded Panel Football Boot of The Year by Footy-Boots.com.
The PUMA King is one of the most recognised football boots in the game with a long standing heritage and it’s great to know that the boot is still a favourite today as it was when Pele played.
The Footy Boots panel was made up of former professionals, industry writers, and retail boot experts. Amongst the team were:
Ahmed Bilal: Writer and found of SoccerLens
Andy Kay: Editor of Footy Boots and formerly with the BBC. Andy is a regular director of athletic meetings and expert analyst at the Olympic games.
Chris Toy: Creator of the popular football comic strip Studs Up and a rather obsessive collector of football boots. He is also the original founder CaughtOffside.com.
Glenn Swales: Football boot expert at online sports retailer Kitbag.
Perry Groves: Former Arsenal footballer and regular contributor to Footy-Boots.com.