adidas launches new Deadly Strike boot pack in time for World Cup 2018

Sport360 staff 28/03/2018
Lucas Vazquez with adidas' new Deadly Strike boot.

adidas Football has launched its new Deadly Strike boot pack for its most recent line of shoes.

As part of the launch, the Predator 18+ has been re-released in a new colourway, alongside the new X, Nemeziz, and Copa silos. The new Predator comes in a mint green colourway, as well as a supplementary blue.

adidas’ latest launch has been timed to coincide with the buildup to this summer’s FIFA World Cup in Russia,.

The new shoes are available at adidas’ online and retail stores.

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European clubs want rest periods during international breaks to reduce workload on players

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Club and country duties made Antoine Griezmann Europe's most-used player last season.

European clubs want international breaks to include mandatory rest periods for players to allow them more time to recover from matches.

Andrea Agnelli, Juventus president and the chairman of the European Club Association, told reporters on Tuesday that changes need to be made to the international calendar in order to “preserve and respect” the players.

To that end, the ECA wants rest periods where players will continue to train, but not play matches.

The current international calendar sees players usually play twice in less than a week during international breaks, adding to the already considerable workload of their club duties.

Agnelli says the ECA also wants “an overall reduction in games” in the international calendar.

“Players are playing two or three times a week at club level and international level,” Agnelli said.

“We must take into consideration weeks when players can rest and train, and reduce the overall number of games.”

Frenchman Antoine Griezmann was the most-used European player last season, playing in 63 matches for Atlético Madrid and France, for a total of 5,454 minutes.

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Kylian Mbappe relishes central role and other talking points from France's 3-1 win in Russia

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Kylian Mbappe celebrates his first goal in Russia.

Kylian Mbappe became the youngest player to score a brace for France since World War Two and Paul Pogba fired in a fierce free-kick as Les Bleus rebounded in style to beat sorry World Cup 2018 hosts Russia 3-1 on Tuesday night.

Didier Deschamps’ men had embarrassingly surrendered a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 at home to Colombia on Friday. They were determined to avoid a repeat in Saint Petersburg.

Striker Mbappe first expertly tucked in midfielder Pogba’s superb pass on 40 minutes. The latter then fired in a set-piece after the break, prior to Russia striking back through Fyodor Smolov 68th-minute tap-in at the back post.

But all hope was extinguished when Mbappe – who went off injured late on – then shot through goalkeeper Andrey Lunev’s legs.

MBAPPE STRIKES OUT ON HIS OWN

The ties binding France head coach Didier Deschamps to towering centre forward Olivier Giroud may have weakened after this.

Freed from his defensively cataclysmic wide role in a 4-4-2 formation last week, Mbappe relished a more central spot in a 4-3-3.

Reward for Deschamps’ faith in the out-of-sorts Paris Saint-Germain prodigy was another landmark achievement, one distasteful booking for diving aside, thanks to his double aged just 19 years and three months.

Deschamps is blessed with attacking options and does not seem to know what to do with them all.

His granting of eight appearances for Giroud in qualifying produced seven starts and a respectable four goals.  But could the fluidity of an Antoine Griezmann, Mbappe and Thomas Lemar trident be the better option going forward?

POGBACK?

It is intriguing to wonder whether Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho decided to watch this game.

The twisted relationship between the Portuguese and his record £89 million (Dh430m) buy has provided an ongoing soap opera throughout 2018.

In Saint Petersburg, Pogba was allowed to do his talking on the pitch. He duly stepped up with his first-ever goal and assist double in the same game for Les Bleus.

For his club, the 25-year-old hadn’t produced an assist since January 15 or a goal since November 18.

Another poor night seemed likely when a failed turn saw possession lost in a dangerous spot within the first two minutes.

Strength of character was needed to rebound. He must now do the same at Old Trafford on Saturday against Swansea.

CASE FOR THE DEFENCE

It has not been a good 180 minutes for France’s defenders.

Real Madrid centre-back Raphael Varane was appalling in defeat to Colombia and was dropped at Krestovsky Stadium. Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti kept his place, yet a wild attempt at a header sowed chaos in the defence from which prolific Krasnodar striker Smolov was happy to profit.

On the right flank, Stuttgart’s Benjamin Pavard looked exactly what he is – a centre-back playing out of position.

Deschamps should also have noted how more secure his side looked in a 4-3-3. Friday’s experiment must be left in the bin.

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