Some of the best players on the planet will turn out in World Cup qualifiers this weekend wearing the new Nike CTR360 Maestri football boot in international competition for the first time.
And having examined a number of training sessions in the days leading up to Saturday and Sunday’s action, it looks like Germany and Spain are leading the way in CTR360 clad squad members.
The German’s, who are away to Russia in Group 4, have at least three players who look like they are planning on wearing the new Nike footwear. Stuttgart’s Cacau, youngster Marko Marin of Werder Bremen along with the highly experienced Miroslav Klose have all worn the new boot in training for what is sure to be a crunch game. Germany currently leads the group with 22 points, just one ahead of the Russian’s. The winners will almost certainly progress while the losers will doubtless face the play-offs.
There are no such concerns for Spain who have already qualified for the tournament in South Africa next year. But, like Germany, they have three players in their squad who have taken to wearing the CTR360 ahead of the match against Group 5 basement boys Armenia.
Andres Iniesta is of course one of Nike’s biggest names and has already worn the boot playing for Barcelona. He’s joined by Barca team mate Sergio and the man of the moment, Arsenal’s Cesc Fabregas who made such a spectacular debut in the boot, inspiring the Gunners to their 6 – 2 win over Blackburn Rovers on Sunday.
Like Fabregas, Florent Malouda has already hit the back of the next in the CTR360 and will be hoping to do so again for France as they look to wrack up the goals against the Faroe Islands in Group 7. The French still have a chance of winning the group but they need Serbia to slip up at home to Romania then away to Lithuania next week.
Outside of the European action, many eyes will be on Diego Maradona’s Argentina who have slipped to 5th place in the South Americam group. But they’ll be relatively confident of overcoming bottom side Peru in Buenos Aires. Javier Mascherano is expected to play in the CTR360 having given them a try in Liverpool’s 2 – 0 loss to Chelsea last weekend.
And keep an eye out for Lucas on Sunday as Brazil play at altitude against Bolivia. Lucas was another to use the CTR360 in Liverpool’s game at Stamford Bridge.
Have you see any other international players training in the CTR360? If so, leave us a comment below.
mario balotelli of inter wears the white nike ctr 360. so far he is the only one wearing that color way
ma these shoes are so over rated they suck
ok first they cost 179.00 ok
but they wieght 9.8oz went the nike mecurial vapors lower quality shoes cost 100.00 and weight 8.4oz
get it now…
well nike says they are the combination of the tiempos/total 90/ and the mercurial vapors in one why do they weight so much.
if there the combination of total 90 and mecurials
if u want speed or ball control/ and shot get the total 90 or mecurials
because nike just wanna ripp off people. ok
Do you even know what youĂÂ˘Ă˘â€šÂ¬Ă˘â€žÂ˘re talking about? lol That would have to be one of the most ridiculous arguments I have ever heard!
Matias Fernandez from Sporting de Lisboa has been also seen wearing the black and white CTR360, while training with Chile’s national team.
@Joe well spotted I rushed to comment to say that but you beat me to it.
Now down to what matters, the only place I don’t the CTR360 to perform well is in Javier Mascherano’s feet specially this weekend a defeat this weekend might mean bye bye South Africa for Maradona and his crew. I would so love to see that happen.
for some reason, the Nikeid’s CTR customization page isn’t loading; but lots of new pretty colours to be expected!
Landon Donovan will be wearing them for the United States.
Rafael van der Vaart has been spotted wearing the CTR360 in training before the friendly game between the Netherlands and Australia.
Hi does anyone know if the all black colour of these will be released? Anyone know of any other coolours/ release dates?
this boot generate lots of boot switch, from mercurial, larser or tiempo to ctr360
Mexico’s Guillermo Ochoa and Pavel Pardo have been wearing the maestri
joe cole will be wearing them too, i believe.
‘Lass’ Diarra had them on in the latest training session of the French national team.
gsm8, the only other color I have seen of the CTR360 Maestri is a White/Silver/Blue where the swoosh and accents are blue and the heel is silver, while the front is white. They also are available for customization on nikeid.com
Theres a few aussies wearing it during the training before the Netherlands clash.
Ashley Cole out of all people!!!
The promo adds in Mexico feature Israel Castro wearing them, It’s nice to say that even if Nike is not the sponsor of the Mexican Team (currently wearing Adidas), they have been really involved in the promotion of the team and they have lots players wearing the latest models… seems to be that they are looking to come back to sponsor Mexico after the Worldcup.
Pictures of Landon Donavan wearing them are on Ussoccer.com. hes wearing the red and black colorway in training, i dont know about games
These boots are the best Nike boots out! The Vapour range is really crap. CTR360 all the way.