The Modern Football Boots

Choosing the ideal football boots can generate a great conversation. Each player has a most preferred brand and a preferred look. There are players who settle one brand all through their career. Here are yet others who love the newest technology to have an edgy look. There are some players that settle for a specific brand so as to remain relevant or when they have been asked to endorse it.

The modern boots are designed to offer light weight experience. They are designed in such a way that you may think that a person is barefoot. This is done deliberately to protect the foot of the player in a limited way.

The boot is meant to offer your foot protection. In such a way, you can feel the surface of the ball as you play. There is something that everyone should always remember. That is, there is a standard design that is used to create the boots. Sometimes, depending on the material, they adapt to the feet. Everyone has their own unique shoe and we are of different sizes as such, you will realize that the most important boot feature is a good fit and how well they feel when they touch the ball.

The key features

The modern boots get lighter by the day and they allow one to be more flexible and fast. All the great manufacturers have come up with two important designs. There is the lighter and faster range as well as the comfortable and supportive power range. The different style comes with unique qualities as well as benefits. There are some creators who give their new range some obvious names that allow you to know exactly what to expect from the boots.

The best boots are usually technology driven. However, the main features that make a boot be considered as a good one include:

  • The ball grip design: every brand has its own surfaces and patterns on the outer parts of the boot. These are designed to allow you to have better control of the ball most especially when the ground is very slippery. The choice is an individual one but there are many players who love this feature. If you play on wet ground, definitely this feature will work in your favor.
  • Control mechanism: when the boot is light, it means that the materials that are used are actually flexible. There are cases where you will be advantaged for using a boot that is flexible. They are important as you accelerate and you can conduct very quick movements when you try to avoid your opponent. When the shoe fits well, then it becomes like the extension of the foot. You can be able to change the direction very fast.
  • Design of the sole: there are different sole designs available from the various manufacturers. There are those that are ideal for hard ground and soft ground. There are yet others that are ideal for indoor areas. Every sole is unique by itself. The ones designed for hard ground usually have small studs than those for the hard ground. There are boots with thin soles aimed at minimizing weight. These are great to use on soft ground. If you use them very often on the hard ground, you may cause yourself some serious injuries and fractures.

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Tips To Clean Your Soccer Cleats

Soccer cleats get covered in mud, grass and dirt with regular use. And cleaning them takes a good deal of time. However, with the right cleaning solution, you can clean your shoes and they will look brand new once again. Here are some tips to clean your soccer cleats.

Cleaning The Soles

Remove the excess dirt first. Each time you take your shoes off, you should hit them with each other to shed the dirt, mud and grass.

Dry clean The Dirt

You can use a special shoe-cleaning tool or a brush to clean the bottom of your cleats. Dry cleaning will loosen the grass, mud or other stuff from the spikes of the shoes.

Aside from this, you should use a toothbrush to clean the sides of your shoes soles. Actually, the abrasive bristles of a booth brush will loosen the dirt and will make it easier for you to focus on a certain area.

Prepare a cleaning solution

You can make your own cleaning solution. It should be a combination of the cleaning solution and warm water. As a matter of fact, hand soap or dish soap will make a nice solution. All you need to do is fill a container with two cups of lukewarm water. Now, you should put a tablespoon of regular soap into the solution. Shake the container until the mixture becomes sudsy.

Use The soapy solution

Now, you should dip the brush in the solution and then clean the bottom of the cleats. The brush will get covered in grass and dirt, and you should put it under a running tap. Once the brush is clean once again, you should soak it in the soap mixture and then scrub your shoes once again.

Wipe the shoe soles

Now, get a paper towel and dip it into the same soapy solution. With this paper towel, you should wipe the shoes for removing any residue of grass or dirt. You can wrap the paper towel around your fingers to reach the difficult-to-reach areas on your shoes.

Cleaning The Upper Portion of The Cleats

Clean the laces

Remove the laces from your shoes and then dip them in the solution. After 10 minutes, you can use a toothbrush and your fingers to scrub the laces to clean the accumulated dirt. Now, put the laces in the sun to dry them out.

Clean the tops

To clean the tops, you can dip the toothbrush or scrub in the soapy solution and then use the scrub for scrubbing the tops. You can put one of your hands into the shoes and use the other to rub the shoes with the toothbrush.

Dry Your cleats

You can use a clean paper towel or a dry rag for drying the cleats and collecting any soapy water left on the shoes. Make sure you dry the sides, tongue and the soles of the cleats.

Once your cleats are dry, you should put the laces back on the cleats and then put on the shoes. Hopefully, now, you can clean your cleats yourself to make them last longer.

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Formula 1 Rising Stars: Interview With Valtteri Bottas

Valtteri Bottas is regarded as one of Formula 1’s rising stars. And rightly so; in 2014, in only his second season in the sport, the Finn secured six podiums and finished fourth in the Drivers’ Championship, outperforming his more experienced teammate Felipe Massa.

Bottas’ breakthrough season greatly contributed to the resurgence of the Williams F1 team, which saw them finish third in the Constructors’ Championship; their best result since 2003’s second place.

The 2015 campaign, however, hasn’t quite got off to the start that the clear potential of the Mercedes-powered FW37 would suggest: Bottas failed to take the start of the Australian Grand Prix after injuring his back in qualifying, and he and teammate Massa found their race pace lacking in the searing heat of Malaysia.

I spoke exclusively to the Finn about his rise to Formula 1 and his expectations for the year ahead.

EH: You first got behind the wheel of a kart at the tender age of five, but your interest began a year earlier when you, along with your Dad, discovered a kart race during the summer. Can you tell me about that day and then your first experience in a kart the following year?

VB: Well, that day, I was actually going to Lahti (a town in Finland) with my father and we saw a sign about the go-kart Finnish championship race. We went there just to check it out, none of us was familiar with the sport. When I saw it the first time I thought it was really cool and wanted to get in to try one! My fist time actually trying a go-kart was about a year later, I was about 5-6 years old, and I actually crashed in the first corner of the first lap, as I did not use the brakes, and went off to the barrier. Nobody actually explained to me how it worked and they only said «Off you go»! That day, I learned from my mistake.

EH: In 2008 you won both the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup and the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup Championships. That is an enormous achievement, you must have been very proud of your efforts that year. How difficult was it competing in two championships?

VB: It was an important year and difficult too, as [I had] lots of races between two different championships. [But I needed] to get the support to move up to Formula 3. But overall it was good to get as much mileage as possible, the season went really well and I won both championships. This is also how I met and started working with my management (Mika Häkkinen, Didier Coton and Toto Wolff) so it was important to show them good results!

EH: You have had a very impressive season last year with six podiums, including your first Formula 1 podium at the Austrian Grand Prix on an unfamiliar track. Can you put into words how that felt and what thoughts were going through your head on the final lap, knowing you were mere seconds away from claiming your first podium?

VB: Austria was a very special moment, we had been chasing the podium for a long time and the last lap, even though you should never make any plans before crossing the finish line, I started thinking (as there was enough margin at the front and back) how cool it would be to cross the line and make the podium and meet my team when I get back, as the whole team had been working really hard for good results. The podium was very special, to see everyone there, it was a really nice day which I will remember forever.

EH: Last year Formula 1 veteran Felipe Massa joined the Williams team replacing Maldonado. What did you learn from his experience and knowledge of the sport, and how did it feel beating your more accomplished teammate in only your second year?

VB: My experience as a teammate of Felipe has been very good; obviously he is very experienced, he has been in different situations, car set-ups, different conditions, tracks. It has been good to work with him even though, as a racer, my goal is to be quicker than my teammate (whoever that is) and get more points.

EH: For a long time the Williams team appeared to be in racing ‘No Man’s Land’, but 2014 saw a dramatic shift in fortunes for the team. What do you think have been the major contributing factors to this remarkable turnaround for the team?

VB: I think the arrival of [Chief Technical Officer] Pat Symonds made a very big difference since joining the team mid-2013. He has been reallocating people at the factory, bringing new people to the team. Now we have the right people to the right positions and that definitely brought the results back. Another major contributing factor is the switch to Mercedes-Benz power units.

EH: For a country with a relatively small population, Finland has delivered three Formula 1 World Champions (and perhaps soon a fourth). What is it about your home country that sees it produce so many world class drivers in racing and rallying?

VB: First of all Finland is a motorsport country, it is part of our culture – we simply love F1 and rallying and it is true there are quite a few very good drivers from our country. Also, the level of go-karting (at a young age) is very high so this could explain it also. The mentality of Finns is also good for the sport, we can keep focused and don’t stress about things too much which is very important in F1 in my opinion.

EH: What are your first memories of following Formula 1 as a child and which driver/s did you most enjoy watching race?

VB: The first car I remember is the blue and yellow Williams car – my favourite in the beginning. One race that stands out as a race is Mika Häkkinen’s first win in 1997 in Jerez! I remember this race very clearly.

EH: After your most successful Formula 1 year to date in 2014, what are your expectations for 2015?

VB: In 2015 the competition is going to be much closer between the teams.

Holiday Destination Ideas for 2011

Tourists around the world always search for holiday destinations of their choice. There are a large number of holiday destinations spreading across the globe. The number is so big that it may create an utter confusion at the time of choosing your spot. Each of the continents is replete with many natural and man-made wonders and is waiting fervently to welcome the tourists from around the world. Below here is a list of top Holiday Destinations for 2011.

2011 Top Vacation Destinations

It is indeed a difficult task to select the best. Whatsoever, we have identified few best Destinations for your convenience.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In this Brazilian city, you can find the wonderful combination of sun, sea, glamour, glitz and of course samba. Fabulous beaches, beautiful seaside patios, and the presence of a large number of resorts, restaurants, night clubs and bars have added to the city’s attraction. In addition to this, exciting city is going to host the 2014 Soccer World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. Naturally, major developments are taking place, drawing huge crowds to the city.

South Africa

This year only the country successfully hosted 2010 Soccer World Cup. It can be a great idea to visit this place in 2011 for holidaying as all the necessary arrangements for the visitors are still very much there in the country. It boasts of breathtaking natural beauty, wonderful beaches and an exciting repertoire of wildlife. On the other side, cities such as Cape Town, Cape Point and Kirstenbosch are indeed rich in culture and history. Aside from these, the world-famous wines, trekking in the Table Mountain and the amazing whales off Hermanus are major tourist draws.

Doha, Qatar

Doha, Qatar can be one of the best place to visit. The Doha-Tribeca Film Festival is drawing a large number of visitors to this place. Next year will be the third edition of this event-Doha is indeed trying hard to make it a big international event. The city is hosting Asian Cup Soccer in the month of January. All these have made Doha an exciting place for holiday vacation in 2011.

Stockholm, Sweden

The city is home to many under-rated wonders and discoveries. Tourists flocking to this city must visit places like the streets of medieval Gamla Stan and the Royal Palace. One of the major attractions of this Scandinavian city is the Djurgården. This Game Park is famous for wonderful green spaces, scenic beauty, events and parks. It will definitely not be a bad idea visit the capital of Sweden for 2011 holidays.

Qatar To Host The 2022 World Cup

While most of England has been lamenting over their failure to win enough votes to be chosen as hosts for the 2018 World Cup, Qatar has been successful in their bid to host the World Cup in 2022.

Qatar will be the first Middle Eastern country to host the tournament, after they successfully defeated rival bids for the tournament from Australia, Japan and Korea, and in the second round of voting they defeated the United States, who were favourites to host the tournament, by fourteen votes to eight.

Situated in the Persian Gulf within the Middle East, Qatar covers approximately 11,437km2 or 4,416 Sq Miles, bordering Saudi Arabia to the South and the country has a population of approximately 1.5 million people.

In football terms Qatar are ranked 113th in the world and have never qualified for a World Cup Finals. They have appeared in several Asian Cup tournaments and have won the Gulf Cup twice. The closest they came to reaching a World Cup Finals was in 1998 when they narrowly missed out when they lost to Saudi Arabia in the qualifying rounds.

One of the main concerns for teams competing in the competition is the extreme temperatures the country experiences, with temperatures often reaching 40 degrees centigrade, especially during the months of June and July, the moths the competition usually takes place. The Qatar bid committee have provided assurances that the proposed stadiums will have integrated cooling systems that will reduce temperatures to 20 degrees for both players and fans. Cooling systems will also be used for training areas and other areas populated by fans.

As an Islamic state the consumption of alcohol in public is prohibited, but an agreement has been made which will allow the sale and consumption of alcohol in designated areas for the duration of the competition, which many visiting fans will find reassuring.

While Qatar does not recognise Israel as a state, it would allow them to participate in the World Cup should they qualify for the Finals.

There is no doubt that Qatar can afford the World Cup, being a wealthy country due to its large oil and natural gas reserves, this will provide reassurances that the infrastructure will be of the highest standards for the World Cup finals. As a tourist resort, Qatar is rapidly developing and currently has around one million visitors a year, the country is equipped with top class hotels and facilities.

Qatar proposes to build nine new stadiums for the host cities. The 86,000-seat Lusail Stadium, which is yet to be built, will host the opening match and the final.