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After a successful campaign to get budding artists to design sole plates for the football boots of their favourite players, Umbro moved to a much larger focus: The World Cup.

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Umbro offered the chance to anyone who thought they were up to the task of designing the official sole plate design for the Specilai’s which will be worn by all Umbro’s stars at the World Cup.

All they had to do was post a design on their Flickr account, and wait until a winner was announced.

Whilst nowhere near creative enough to enter, here at Footy-Boots we did enjoy looking at the designs that came in'  – some were well thought-out and well executed, others were clearly submitted by ego-maniacs who thought one of their holiday photos deserved to be part of the design!

But the guys at Umbro were looking for something special, something that would sum up the spirit and flair of the World Cup but at the same time seamlessly integrate with the classic cool of the Speciali.

And the winner, announced on the Umbro Twitter, was the design of Jorge Angulo from Ecuador – designer of ‘South African Soul’

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Which (as well as having an utterly Pun-tastic name) is a modern, geometric design that cleverly uses the colours of the South African flag in a refreshing new way.

The Runner-up was Eduardo Napoleao from Brazil, who came up with this Zebra design for the Umbro Football Boots

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Definitely a nod to one of Africa’s most distinctive animals, with a classy gold Umbro diamond in the centre that really caps it off. This design will be made into a one off souvenir pair for the designer!

You can spot Umbro’s winning pattern worn by the likes of David James, John Terry, Gael Clichy, Deco, Pepe and Wilson Palacios during the World Cup, and we reckon the Umbro may release a limited run of these like they have done with the England Speciali in the past.

In the meantime, we whole-heartedly encourage you to hop on over to the account to see the other entries that weren’t considered for top honours – as some of them are pretty impressive!

Leave us a comment below and tell us what you think of these very special football boots – or shoot us a message on Twitter!

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