POGBA AND GRIEZMANN TO FILL THE BOOTS OF FORMER FRENCH GREATS


With France hosting a major tournament, the Euro 2016, there are set to win it if they defeat Portugal in the final slated for Sunday, 10 July. Antoine Griezmann of Atletico Madrid and Paul Pogba of Juventus have been stellar for the country.


They are predicted to be the future of the French team that will fill the boots of football legends such as Zinedine Zidane and Michel Platini.

The country is known to rely heavily on a key player in major tournaments. There was Platini, then Zidane, and even Thierry Henry. Many suggested that with the very busy season of Griezmann and Pogba being overrated, that the host might not still go far but the team has done good to prove them wrong. The team recovered from their sluggish start, improving with each game to silence their critics.

Griezmann is now the top scorer with six goals, after his brace in the 2-0 victory over Germany at the semi final. He is now the fourth in the all time scoring chart in a Euro tournament. The 25-year old enjoyed a splendid season with Atletico and has a lot of clubs begging for his signature but he has opted to remain at the club. One of the high points in the last campaign was when he scored against German champions Bayern Munich at the semi final of the UEFA Champions League. They eventually lost in the final against their bitter rival Real Madrid for the second time in three years but it proves a point.

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Buying the right size for your football boots


Contrary to the buying of regular shoes, it is important that you buy football boots that fit you tightly.


A loose boot will cause blisters and may hinder your performance on the pitch. Indeed, it may be hard to get a precise ball control with a loose boot, and your shooting ability may also be hindered when your football boot does not fit you.

For this reason, you should spend time in choosing the best size for your football boot. You should also take into consideration that some boots materials are elastic and that they may become a bit larger during use. This is especially the case with leather boots. If you are buying a leather football booth, you might want to consider purchasing a boot that is slightly smaller than your regular size. This will allow for the stretching of the boot with time.

On the other hand, if you are buying a football boot that is made up of synthetic material, you should choose a boot that is as fitting as possible. This is because synthetic materials do not stretch that much and you might end up getting injured.
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A guide to buying football boots for kids


Choosing a football boot for your kids can be a daunting task especially if you do not have any experience in the field.


So how do you choose the best football boots for your kids? Here are some tips to make your life easier and ensure that you choose the best product for your children.

First of all, you need to determine which type of boots you will need. There are basically three types of boots available for kids namely metal, molded and Astro-Turf boots. Here your choice will depend on the surface you will be playing on.

Football boots with metal studs are most suited for playing on humid pitch. This will provide a solid grip and prevent slipping on the surface. Molded studs are most suited for playing on normal pitch and will allow you to play without any additional friction on the pitch. As its name indicates, Astro Turf boots are boots that are specially designed for Astro Turf and does not possess any studs.
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3 tips for choosing your football boots


If you are a football player, you would want to have the best football boots to boost your performance on the pitch.

But with the different models available you will certainly have a hard time choosing the most appropriate one. Here are 3 tips to help you make the best choice.


Surface

The surface where you are going to play will definitely influence your selection of football boots. If you are going to play on a muddy or humid pitch, you will need to choose a boot that consists of metal studs. If you are going to play on a standard pitch, then you will preferably go for a boot consisting of moulded studs.

If you are going to play on AstroTurf, then studs are not required. There are special shoes that are designed for Astro Turf and will provide an appropriate grip for this surface.

Playing position

Your playing position will also influence your choice of boot. If you play in defence, you will want a sturdy boot that will protect you during a tackle and also provide the necessary grip to avoid slipping. On the other hand, if you are a forward player or a winger you would want a lightweight boot that will not hinder you when you are trying to dribble past players.
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Assou-Ekotto says that he prefers to buy his football boots


St Étienne left-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto says that he prefers to buy his football boots from online shopping platforms like eBay.

This comes as a major surprise considering that most footballers are given huge sponsorship deals and their gear is usually covered by the sponsors. The former Tottenham left back says that he often buys the shoes for around € 30. Apart from saving him a lot of money, this also helps him to stand out from the rest of the crowd. The 31-year-old is currently with the French outfit after having moved last summer.

He is one of the popular names from Cameroon football to have his presence in the Premier League. However, he retired from international duty in 2014 after falling out with the Cameroon FA. The 31-year-old has made a first-team regular for St Etienne and has already featured in 13 games for the club. He says that it is largely difficult to get sponsorships as an African footballer. He highlighted the difficulties of doing business outside Europe. This means that he is able to watch most of European teammates enjoy the benefits of huge sponsorships from sportswear companies like Nike and so on.
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RONALDINHO HEADS TO INDIA


Ronaldinho will be on his way to India soon to attend the opening ceremony of a tournament named Nagjee Cup.

It’s a very old tournament, but, had stopped getting organized from 1996 for some reason.

Now, after a gap of almost two decades, it is coming to the picture again and it will be the legend himself, the great Ronaldinho, inaugurating it.

There will be 8 teams, from different parts of the world, participating in Nagjee Cup 2016.

Two groups of 4 teams have been constituted and each team will have to play three games.

The teams holding the first and the second positions in the groups, at the end of the group phase, will make the Round of 4.

The EMS Stadium in Kozhikode, Kerala will be the hosting venue of all the games.

P Haridas, the head of the organizing committee of the tournament, said that he was pretty pleased and privileged to have Ronaldinho come to India for the inauguration function.

In the words of Haridas, “Nagjee Cup has a great history attached to it. A lot of big names have taken part in it in the years gone by.”

“To get it inaugurated at the hands of Ronaldinho, it couldn’t have been better than this.”

“We all know what a legend Ronaldinho is. He has inspired and is a role model for many of the young players in India.”

“I thank him on behalf of all the Indian Football fans for agreeing to come. We will be really, really privileged to host him in our country.”

Ronaldinho has been to India once before.

But, Football was not the reason behind his visit to the country at that time.

It was a promotional visit four years back in 2012.