The Québécois soccer lifestyle: Montreal Impact x Off The Hook

While we try to maintain impartial in this vast world of football, there are some clubs that just do things right. Over the past few years, we’ve seen the Montreal Impact rise with their rich Québécois tradition. We’ve captured their Stade Saputo when it was covered in a foot of snow. The city comes from 100 football-loving cultures, and for every brutal defeat there has been a 3-0 victory to celebrate.

The club has collaborated with Montreal’s urban lifestyle outfitter Off The Hook. Since 1999, the boutique’s owners have been passionate about the Impact. This collaboration aims to provide Montreal Impact fans with a stylish garment collection to show their support of the city’s soccer team. Check the collection (and an incredible vintage Impact rap) here.

Football Never Stops with Magista

The line "Creativity has a new name" took to Twitter and footballers like Andres Iniesta, Mario Gotze and David Luiz claimed that the future of football has arrived. Well, what are your thoughts?

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Qualifying with a statement

3-0 in Paris. That’s what was needed to get to the World Cup, and that’s exactly what the French did. This photo was taken minutes after the final whistle at Stade de France, after qualifying for the World Cup.

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Beckham’s boots for his final game

David Beckham plays in the final match of his career today. As he heads into retirement, he carries the pride of Great Britain on his feet with adidas Predator LZs. Typical Becks.

Nike and ‘O Canarinho’: 17 years of tears and cheers 

'Amarelinha' - A jersey belonging to a roaring, dancing, football fevered nation. A yellow shirt worn by many of football’s greatest performers, who never fail to entertain and earned 5 engraved stars: 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002.

As Neymar puts it: “To wear it [the shirt] is the greatest honor for me and my teammates.”

The Brazilian national team is a rich global reference to both modern and historic football, 11 men always playing with a smile - a team which will always viewed as a one of the best, who every year promote a selection of the world’s finest talents to 'A Seleção', where they wear the iconic yellow shirt on top of their chests.

Since Nike took over as shirt sponsor for Brazil in 1996, they’ve produced 11 shirts, featuring in 264 official games. Plenty of past and current players have entertained millions in the 'Amarelinha' and written history, from crashing out in the 1998 World Cup final and bouncing back 4 years later under the dazzling displays of Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Rivaldo and co. The talent never runs out and it probably never will.

That yellow kit has created a unique image for Brazil, one which represents their passion for their very own ‘Joga Bonito’ style, which is now seen across the globe. And let’s not forget those adverts, ranging from waiting in an airport lounge to the 'Ole!' match versus Portugal and free-styling in a changing room.

Their latest jersey, which was revealed on Rio’s infamous Copacabana beach during a youth football tournament by Neymar, is a shirt reminiscing a classic look, once again carrying a Cantona collar.

The latest ‘Amarelinha’ makes it debut on Wednesday night, where we see the return of Ronaldinho. AFR will be at Wembley to watch 'O Canarinho' do what they do best - jogar futebol. See you there…

  [Posted by Dom]

Getting nostalgic and embracing the present: Best of football boots

The original Vapors. The Puma King. The adi Preds. All bring back memories of fitter days and more spritely spirits. As our friend Bryan Byrne points out, "over the years, there have seen hundreds of different releases that cater to different player types, some featuring technology and others relying on comfort and basic performance." He decided to compile a list of the top 25 boots in football history. The only things missing are my old Kelmes, so I want to open this up: what are the best boots you’ve ever owned?

Camp Nou x 3nil

A floodlit Camp Nou is a wonder to see for football fans from all over the globe. Rivaldo, Romario, Ronaldo, Stoichkov, Messi and Ronaldinho have all called this place home in recent years, and the home of the legends quickly becomes legendary. Indeed, this place means so much to football and to the Catalan people.

Inspired by Catalunya’s Antoni Gaudí, this design by 3nil highlights the initials of Camp Nou in a unique mosaic pattern, bringing slices of Parc Güell and the Blaugrana’s passion with you wherever you go.

Gaudi. FC Barcelona. Camp Nou.

AFR x adidas x You. Designing Lionel Messi.

Leo Messi needs you (or your more artistic friend) to design his next pair of adidas football boots, which he’ll wear during a match in December. WAIT. Read that last sentence again to make sure we’re on the same page. You can create a unique pair of adidas adizero f50s (just like ours, above) for Messi by visiting the new "miadidas configurator" here and submitting a design with various colour schemes and personal touches.

But you don’t really want to hear us go on and on about this, do you? Alright, we’ll turn this over to our favourite #10. Messi said: “In football, you express yourself with your feet, which is why I like to feel like I have a connection to my adizero f50s. Knowing that your boots are unique makes you feel special and makes you play with more confidence. I’m excited to see the designs that my fans create for me on the miadidas configurator and I look forward to playing in them.” 

Want more info? Head to facebook.com/adidasfootball or @adidasfootball (use the #miadidas hashtag to join the conversation), or even ask us @afootballreport. These boots make their debut this weekend, and the likes of Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema and AC Milan’s Riccardo Montolivo will be hitting the pitch with their own customised boots. [posted by Dominic and Eric]

Welcoming Portugal’s Neo Conquistadores?

Lisbon is a beautiful city. It’s as vibrant with culture as they come. It’s a joy to walk along the Romanesque, Baroque, and modern architecture. Lisboa’s people ultimately make the city what it is, but let’s face it, Portugal is going through tough times. Unemployment is high. Job opportunities are low. It can’t stay like this forever though.

That’s why I think the Neo Conquistadores campaign surrounding the new Portugal kit for EURO 2012 provides such a great attitude for the youth in Lisbon (and beyond) to latch on to. The word ‘conquistadores' is primarily associated with the idea of exploration, but clearly this time around the focus is on a very different level of exploration. Even in a recession, it's great to see young Lisboetas being so proactive and latching on to their innate creativity. It’s wonderfully refreshing, so well done to José Cabral and everyone else involved. [More info/photos]

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