Everton defender Ashley Williams has said that his former manager Coach Michael Laudrup helped him become more responsible but adds that Ronald Koeman has been wonderful as well since his move to Goodison Park.

Speaking at Everton’s Finch Farm training base the Welsh player spoke about defenders not forgetting the proven methods of playing with substance as against playing with ‘style’ from the back.

“There is going to come a point soon when it goes back to how it was. We’ve concentrated so much on attacking, I’m guessing a lot of people didn’t concentrate on the art of defending.

“Personally, I feel I’m a defender. That’s what I get paid to do. I get paid to stop the ball going in the net. I’m 32. Fans are never going to be surprised by what I do. You try to add to your game but you get paid to stop the ball going in the net,” Williams said.

Much emphasis has been placed on defenders being more into the attacking style of the team but Williams seem to hint that defenders should not forget their primary responsibility in the team which is to stop goals from opposing sides.
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Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo has been given special football boots by popular sportswear company Nike. The Portuguese star beat rival Lionel Messi to the award after his impressive run for Real Madrid and Portugal in the past year.

One hundred and seventy three journalists worldwide voted Ronaldo in a poll. Nike decided to honour the player by making limited-edition footwear for the superstar. Only 777 pairs of the football boots are available, which are scheduled to hit the market early next year. The boot has metallic gold soles with the players log CR7 clearly highlighted.
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Nike is leading the way in football boots

When it comes to which brand to utilize in the world of football, there are 2 brands that are and have traditionally been at the top of everyone else and those are Nike and Adidas.

When you see a top player performing in the pitch it usually is one of those 2 brands that are seen as they are dominating the sport in terms of sales, coverage and just about everything.

It has recently been reported by IG.com, a global leader in online trading have stated that during the 2016 Euro’s, the footwear brand that was mostly seen on the pitch as it accounted with 61% of the boots that were worn during that international competition.

There were a total of 105 scored in the 2016 Euro’s and the majority of those goals were scored through Nike boots as 60 of those 105 were from Nike boots while 31 of them were from players that wore Adidas boots. Puma came in 3rd place with 12 goals being scored with players that utilized this brand of footwear.
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Football boots mistakes

There are various factors that you need to take into account when purchasing a football boot. Here are some tips to help you choose the best ones.


Obviously, you will need to take your budget into account. If you have an unlimited budget, you can go for the highest quality boot available. This will guarantee you a strong boot which will last for a long time. However, you need to take into account your foot size as well. If you are buying a boot for you youngster, you should consider the fact that his or her feet are still growing and that the boot may become smaller as time goes by. It will be a bad investment to buy an expensive boot that will only be used for a limited time.

On the other hand, if you have a limited budget, you might consider purchasing your boots online. In most cases, online stores sell their products at a lower price, and this should allow you to make some savings on your boots.

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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.


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 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.