Only two types of players define the modern game
Today, there are only two types of players – those that cause chaos and those that control everything. The game changers and the play makers. The best managers, players and minds have spoken – football has changed.
Adidas Philippines product manager Patrick Giron gave a brief introduction as to what the Adidas football revolution is all about and how game changing this is, not just for Adidas, but also to the football scene in general.
“We all know that Adidas is number one in football globally,” Giron said. “As part of being the leader, we have the power to change. So we are changing the game: our styles and designs for football. Hence, the Ace and the X.”
“So what’s going to happen to the designs the we have? The Nitrocharge, the F15, the Predator, and the 11Pro? We’re going to put them to rest. They’ve done their job, that’s why we’re number one. “
“Now we are going to connect the football shoes with the emotional side of the players. If you’re that striker, a predator, we have the X for you,” he said about the X. While for the Ace, Giron described it as “for someone who wants ball control. If you are that midfielder, we have the Ace for you!”
Some players are born to control. They are the ones that pull the strings and set the pace. Every great team needs the players that keep it on track. That bring the coaches plans into action. They bring order to a chaotic game. Players like Mesut Özil, James Rodríguez, Oscar, Manuel Neuer and Ivan Rakitić are the glue of some of the world’s best teams. For these players, adidas has designed ACE15.
ACE15 is built to control. The revolutionary CONTROL WEB gives ultimate ball control, thanks to an engineered 3D material. A 3-layer compound combines with grippy EVA for an unbeatable touch. A ground breaking new stud configuration puts more studs on the ball during foot-over moves to allow for complete ball control. The unique NSG (Non-stop grip) skin uses 3D dots for perfect control in all conditions. The players that run the show now have the boots to dominate.
James Younghusband, a lifelong fan of Adidas, has been chosen to be the Philippine representative for the Ace15. “Me and my brother have been fans of Adidas since we were young boys. We looked up to David Beckham growing up and we wanted to be just like him. I even dyed down my own hair but it turned out ginger, instead of blonde,” James quipped.
“It’s great to work with Adidas. As they say time needs change, and its time to for new boots. For a technical player like myself, my strength is crossing the ball and passing to the goal scorers.”
The shoes are a lot more comfortable the Loyola-Meralco Sparks midfielder shared compared to the old designs. “The grip gives a lot of control with the ball, especially in game on the field,” he closed.
Some players can never be controlled. They are the spark that ignites a game. They defy rules and structure. The moment of genius that gets the crowd off their seat – that’s their speciality. There is no defence and no tactic that can control them. These players are specialists in chaos. Thomas Müller, Gareth Bale, Luis Suárez, Karim Benzema and Álvaro Morata, these players strike without a moment’s notice. For them, adidas has created X15.
X15 is the ultimate weapon for the game’s most dangerous players. The TECHFIT COLLAR offers a compression fit around the ankle for superior support and fit. The X-CLAW base is built to give complete traction with a lightweight feel. The innovative X-CAGE is built for the most dynamic and agile players in the world. A fragmented and lightweight design gives ultimate support during the most agile movements. The X-SKIN is made up of a complex three layered system that delivers comfort, protection and performance in any conditions. A game changing product for game changing players.
For the X15, the team captain for the Philippine Azkals, Phil Younghusband, has been chosen to be the ambassador for the design. “I’m sure a lot of people will tell you how important it is how you feel on the pitch and how you can be comfortable in it,” the striker opened. “I’ve been wearing the X for the last couple of months. It’s comfortable.”
“You have the X-Cage for stability. You have the material suited for all conditions. And the techfit collar for the protection of the ankles,” Phil said about how advanced the technology is for the shoe. The Azkals striker closed in saying that he was happy to be part of the Adidas family and to finally bring the shoes to the Philippine market.
The X and ACE test run
The day closed with a program to test-run the X15 and the ACE15. The divisions were split into Professionals, Collegiate, High School, and open (including members of the media).
Some of the world’s best players wore ACE15 and X15 for the first time at the UEFA Champions League Final in Berlin last June 6, with the boots available to purchase at Adidas own-retail outlets and specialist retailers worldwide.