Posts Tagged ‘Football’


(PRODUCT) RED x Nike Football “Lace Up. Save Lives” T90 Ascente

March 10, 2010

Nike Football continues on with its awareness partnership with (PRODUCT) RED with the creation of a special limited edition version of the T90 Ascente. The ball follow’s up closely on a similar (Nike)RED “Lace Up. Save Lives” campaign. The ball will be debuted over the weekend at games across Europe’s biggest leagues including the EPL, La Liga and Serie A. Sales from the ball will benefit The Global Fund to Fight AIDS. The ball is currently available for purchase through the Nike Store in Britain.

London, UK (March 9, 2010) Three leading European football leagues will turn
(RED)™ this weekend as Nike introduces a special edition(PRODUCT)RED™ ball in the leagues’ home fixtures to raise awareness of the (NIKE)RED ‘Lace Up. Save Lives’ partnership.

In a unified show of support for the global initiative, England’s Barclays Premier League, Spain’s La Liga BBVA and Italy’s Serie A TIM will use a special (NIKE)RED ball at all home games over the weekend of March 13th and 14th.

The Nike and (RED) partnership invites people to ‘Lace Up. Save Lives’ by purchasing a pair of (NIKE)RED laces. One hundred percent of the profits from (NIKE)RED laces is split equally between The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which funds AIDS programs that provide medicine, treatment and services for those living with HIV, and football-based community initiatives that deliver education and understanding around HIV/AIDS prevention.

The (NIKE)RED ball is a specially designed T90 Ascente – the same make of ball currently used by all three leagues and boasts all of the technological innovations that the players are accustomed to week in week out, but features the (RED) laces graphic on the exterior. These balls are available to buy now for £150 from

Richard Scudamore, Chief Executive of the Premier League, said: “The Premier League has enormous global appeal and we are committed to using our reach to raise awareness of this partnership between, Nike, one of our longest serving commercial partners, and (RED). A red ball and red laces are simple ideas, but sometimes those are the best – the hope is that the profile given through this and the money raised through ‘Lace Up, Save Lives’ will provide significant impetus and funding to the Global Fund’s activities to aid the prevention of HIV/AIDS in Africa.”

Seb Bishop, International CEO (RED) says: “(RED) works with the most iconic companies in the world, Nike among them. We are incredibly thankful for their partnership and for the support of three of the world’s premier football leagues which will have a powerful impact on our efforts.”

“Nike has a history of elevating global causes through sport. Through the power and appeal of football, this campaign not only highlights the HIV/AIDS issue globally, it has also created a great way to raise much needed funds,” said Mark Parker, President & CEO of NIKE, Inc.

On November 30th, 2009, the eve of World AIDS Day, Didier Drogba (Chelsea), Joe Cole (Chelsea), Andrey Arshavin (Arsenal), Denilson (Arsenal), Marco Materazzi (Inter Milan), Lucas Neill (Galatasaray), Clint Dempsey (Fulham) and Seol Ki-Hyeon (Fulham) joined U2 front man Bono and Mark Parker at Niketown London to announce the partnership.

The (NIKE)RED Limited Edition Ascente Ball will be available for £150 and 2010
(NIKE)RED Limited Edition Brasil N98 Track Jackets will also be £150 and both will be sold globally from March 3rd. (NIKE)RED products are also now being sold at retail. (NIKE)RED laces are available now at Nike Store locations, key retailers and or at The jackets are numbered. A second round of balls will be available again starting in May.

Outside of the three leagues, a series of (RED)-themed games will be played highlighting awareness of the initiative:

13 March: Hertha BSC vs. FC Nurnberg (Germany)
24 March: FC Basel vs. FC Zurich (Switzerland)
20 March: FK Austria Wien vs FC Salzburg (Austria)
20 March: PSV vs. FC Twente (Netherlands)
20 March: Trabzonspor vs. Galatasaray (Turkey)
1 April: Corinthians vs. Cerro Porteno (Brazil)

About Nike
NIKE, Inc. based near Beaverton, Oregon, is the world’s leading designer, marketer and distributor of authentic athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories for a wide variety of sports and fitness activities. Wholly owned Nike subsidiaries include Converse Inc., which designs, markets and distributes athletic footwear, apparel and accessories; Cole Haan, which designs, markets and distributes luxury shoes, handbags, accessories and coats; Umbro Ltd., a leading United Kingdom-based global football (soccer) brand; and Hurley International LLC, which designs, markets and distributes action sports and youth lifestyle footwear, apparel and accessories. For more information, visit

About (RED)™ and (PRODUCT)RED™
(RED)’s primary objective is to engage the private sector in raising awareness and funds for the Global Fund, to help eliminate AIDS in Africa. Companies whose products take on the (PRODUCT)RED mark contribute a significant percentage of the sales or portion of the profits from that product to the Global Fund to finance AIDS programs in Africa, with an emphasis on the health of women and children. Current partners/services are: American Express (U.K. only), Apple, Bugaboo, Converse, Gap, Emporio Armani, FLOWE(RED) an online flower service in the UK, Hallmark, Dell, Nike and Starbucks. Since its launch in the Spring of 2006, more than $140 million has been generated by (RED) for the Global Fund. One hundred percent of this money is put to work in Global Fund AIDS grants in Africa with no overhead taken out. (RED) money is at work in Swaziland, Rwanda, Ghana and Lesotho. For more information, visit

About The Global Fund to Fight AIDS Tuberculosis and Malaria
The Global Fund is a unique global public/private partnership dedicated to attracting and disbursing additional resources to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. This partnership between governments, civil society, the private sector and affected communities represents a new approach to international health financing. The Global Fund works in close collaboration with other bilateral and multilateral organizations to supplement existing efforts dealing with the three diseases. Since its creation in 2002, the Global Fund has become the dominant financier of programs to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, with approved funding of US$ 18.4 billion for more than 600 programs in 144 countries. To date, programs supported by the Global Fund have saved 4.5 million lives through providing AIDS treatment for 2.3 million people, anti-tuberculosis treatment for 5.4 million people and the distribution of 88 million insecticide-treated bed nets for the prevention of malaria.

Source: hypebeast


MADSTEEZ “Make the Difference” Mural

March 2, 2010

In November of last year, MADSTEEZ was commissioned to pull of an incredible feat of creating a massive 80 foot by 30 foot mural on the rooftop of the Nike-affiliated Ricardo Montblan Theatre in Hollywood. The subsequent video documents the production and execution of the mural which involves many of Nike Football’s biggest stars including Ronaldo, Zlatan, Torres, Rooney and Donovan.

Source: hypebeast


Nike Mercurial Vapor Superfly II

March 2, 2010

Now in 2010, Nike have come a long way, as their expertise in sportswear and sports equipment innovation has enabled them to become leaders in football product design. At their recent Football Innovation Summit held at the Battersea Power Station in London, Nike unveiled their most advanced football boot to date – the Mercurial Vapor Superfly II.

The latest iteration of Nike’s innovation defining Mercurial range is built for speed. The design team has overhauled the traction system, using a carbon composite tuned chassis with a unique smart stud technology that allows the studs to retract and expand by 3mm, effectively offering traction-on-demand that adapts to playing conditions.

This improves acceleration and stability and reduces the chances of slippage, which is often a gamebreaker. It also eliminates the need to change studs, which was illustrated by a presentation slide that showed Real Madrid winger Christiano Ronaldo out on the sidelines during a game, changing studs to cope with pitch conditions.

The made-in-Italy boots also sport the latest generation of Nike’s acclaimed Flywire technology, making them incredibly light yet without compromise to strength and durability. However, aesthetically there is no doubt what the first thing people will notice about these boots, and the bright and bold colour isn’t just for looks.

The Mercurial Vapor Superfly II’s loud violet and orange colour scheme is actually the result of feedback from players. Chelsea superstar Didier Drogba told the design team that his Mercurial’s bright red colour allowed his team mates to identify him from afar. The new colours are specifically chosen to increase visibility and presence on the pitch.

All the tech and design doesn’t come cheap though, as the boots will retail for SGD629 from April 1st, 2010, at select Nike stockists across South East Asia.

Source: streething