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Development of Soccer Cleats

Development of Soccer Cleats

Soccer shoe styles changed after World War II, when cheaper air travel allowed people to travel internationally and watch soccer games from all over the world. Players from South American countries such as Brazil and Argentina had superior ball skills and control and wore lighter, more flexible shoes. Soccer players from around the world suddenly preferred shoes that would allow for this type of ball control over those built to protect their feet. Shoe manufacturers responded with lighter, more flexible soccer cleats.

In 1949, Adi Dassler produced soccer shoes with molded, rubber studs. In 1954, Dassler created screw in studs for the German players’ shoes, and Germany won the FIFA World Cup. Dassler’s brother and rival, Rudolf, founded Puma in 1948. He also claims to have produced the first screw in studs. The low cut soccer shoe design was introduced in the 1960s. The removal of the high top, ankle piece allowed players to move even faster and control the ball even better. Adidas created the Copa Mundial made of butter soft, kangaroo leather in 1979, which became the world’s best selling soccer cleat.

Adidas created its innovative Predator in 1994, which replaced traditional studs with a bladed, more stable design throughout the sole. Puma created a cleat with a foam free midsole, and Adidas followed with another cleat that had wedge shaped studs. Nike entered the soccer shoe market during the 1994 FIFA World Cup and has dominated research and technology ever since. Soccer shoe brands Mizuno, Reebok and Uhlsport also developed their own cleats. Sticky, lace less, and multi colored cleats have all been developed. In 2010, Nike, Adidas, Puma and other brands continue to compete and search for new and improved technologies for soccer cleats.

McDonald’sR Announces Renewal of FIFA World CupTM Sponsorship Through 2014

McDonald’sR Announces Renewal of FIFA World CupTM Sponsorship Through 2014

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As a FIFA World Cup Sponsor through 2014, McDonald’s has

global rights to both the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa South Africa, Afrikaans Suid Afrika, officially Republic of South Africa, republic (2005 est. pop. 44,344,000), 471,442 sq mi (1,221,037 sq km), S Africa. (TM) and the

2014 FIFA World Cup(TM) yet to be selected on the South American

continent, as well as to the FIFA Confederations Cups during this

period. This enables McDonald’s to continue to bring the

world’s passion for football to life for millions of fans as part

of the company’s “i’m lovin’ it(R)” strategy of

making stronger, more relevant connections with its customers around the

world. McDonald’s sponsorship provides the opportunity to share

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FIFA drop controversial draw bombshell that could land England in group of death

FIFA drop controversial draw bombshell that could land England in group of death

FIFA chiefs today ripped up their anticipated World Cup blueprint and increased the chances of England getting a nightmare Finals draw.

After deciding to use the October world rankings to determine the seven teams to join Brazil as top seeds, it had been expected the same measure would be used in the draw on Friday.

That would have seen France, as the lowest ranked European qualifiers, taken out of the nine non seeded UEFA teams and placed alongside Ecuador, Chile and the five African sides in Pot 2.

But instead, FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke today announced that instead there will be a random draw of one of the nine UEFA sides, including England, to go into the other pot.

The UEFA side, the first team drawn out of the 31 to join Brazil in the schedule calendar, will then be allocated into a group headed by a South American seed, Argentina, Colombia, Uruguay or the hosts.

If England are the team drawn out, they could then face a horror group,potentially having to negotiate their way past Brazil, Italy and the USA merely to reach the knock out phase.

It would also guarantee they could not face the two weakest seeds, Switzerland and Belgium.

Even if they remain in Pot 4, the toughest group awaiting Roy’s boys is likely to be Spain, Chile and Mexico.

On the other hand; Switzerland, Algeria and Costa Rica is still the kindest group that could await England in Costa do Sauipe.

Valcke said: ”We will draw one of the nine European teams at random and put them in Pot 2.

”That will happen before the start of the draw to avoid the risk of mistakes given that teams from three Confederations are in that Pot.

”Then there will be a special Pot X containing the four South American seeds and the European team will be placed in one of those four groups. It means it’s a draw and all the balls are drawn.”

FIFA President Sepp Blatter added: ”The decision was taken by FIFA’s executive committee, all the Confederation Presidents.

”We are at a draw and we should have a draw. It’s easy to say it. Let us draw all the teams, and not pick one out.”

The decision was a surprise for France, who feared Blatter’s personal animosity towards UEFA President Michel Platini might see Didier Deschamps’ side punished.

But the about turn looked like a sop to Platini, perhaps intended to buy the Frenchman off challenging Blatter’s plans for another term when the position of leading the world governing body is up fpor election in 2015.