My story!

Let’s start with the fact that I have always loved to play football, everything I done I somehow relate it to football. I joined a registered club in quite late age, as 12 years old, when kids usually start in a club as 6-7 yers old.I improved fast in my career, all thanks to many hours of own practice. Already as 14 years old I were invited to play with the adults first team in BK-46. 

Today I have been playing 9 years as semi-proffesional in Finnish 2nd division. My possition on the field is left wingback or left midfielder.


My football boots history.

My very first football boots were a pair of Nike Tiempo that my parents bought to me from a local grocery store. As my feet grew I had to get another pair. This time I got the boots free from a friend of mine, a pair of used Puma Kings and they happened to be 2 sizes too big.

Soon in a age of 15 I started to notice that I were interested in the design of football boots, even in some history and developement of boots. 


At this time I wore a pair of Adidas Predator Manias followed by Adidas F50+ “Spiderweb” and Nike Mercurial Vapor II. Then in 2006 I continued with the Nike Mercurial Vapor III and since then I have been wearing Nike Mercurial! And why I do that: I got narrow feet and one of my strengths has been speed, so I like the close to ball feel with the Mercurials.


Two boots that started it all!

When I was 13 years old I made a wishlist for christmas. On that list there was a pair of Adidas Predator Precision. The most beautiful boot I had ever seen! I cut the ad from a newspaper and glued on my wishlist, hoping to get a pair for christmas. Sadly it never happened. This because the Precisions were an old model and sold out in Decenber 2002. So the christmas was ruined haha.


The second boot that is a big part of my life is Nike Mercurial Vapor I. Released in 2002, the same year that I started football. First years I wore Nike Tiempo, Puma King and Adidas Predator, but they didn’t feel alright. So in 2003 I had the opportunity to try a pair of Nike Mercurial Vapor I and they were spot on! The look, the touch and the lightness was perfect. 

Favourite Player and Team.

All began during the 2002 World Cup in Japan & South Korea. I were watching France playing on the TV and I asked my parents which player should I follow? Mom replied: “Watch Zidane play!” From that day Zidane was my favourite player and idol! 

My favourite team became Real Madrid, simply as Zidane played there. 

Once Zidane got retired from football I kept supporting Real Madrid. A new idol for me became Benzema, a bit similiar history as Zidane.

Best Predators ever?

  
Adidas made an end to the epic journey of Predator in 2015, for me I think the Predator era ended already after the last Predator made of leather, the Predator Adipower in 2011!

All of us football boot fans out there, we all have some favourites in the Predator range? Although I have been playing in Nike Mercurial the last 10 years I have always had respect for the Adidas Predator! I used to play in Precision, Mania and Pulse back in the days. Ofcourse as a passion for football boots I have also tried out almost every single boot in the Predator range.

So these are my three favourites:

  • Adidas Predator Accelerator 1998
  • Adidas Predator Precision 2000
  • Adidas Predator Mania 2002

  
A part from these three pairs I also recommend to try:

  • Adidas Predator Pulse 2004
  • Adidas Predator Powerswerve 2008

Back to the year of 2002!

  
So we are going 14 years back in time, the year was 2002. Everyone knows that year was a great year for both Nike and Adidas! 👍🏻

  
Nike released the Nike Mercurial Vapor I and Adidas matched with the famous Adidas Predator Mania. Every boot lover respects these boots, as there was truly some historic moments in these boots. ronaldolima led Brazil to win the World Cup in his chrome/lime Vapor I and Zidane led Real Madrid to champions using his Manias by scoring one of the most beautiful goals in history by shooting a left footed volley into the top corner against Leverkusen in the Champions League Final 2002!

  
My Nike Mercurial Vapor I chrome/lime’s are something like a sample pair, as the left boot has more mirror effect than normal pairs do. They are also signed by brazilian star Ronaldo!

  

Adidas Predator “Made in Germany”

So I’m on my way to complete my collection of Adidas Predators. The collection concists of boots between 1994-2011, after this Adidas didn’t manufacture leather Predators anymore…

The big challenge in my collecting, regarding Predators, is that I try to find all boots that are made in Germany. The public version of Predators were made in coutrys far East, like Indonesia. As some of the proffesional players Predator boots are made in Germany. These means usually that they can be measured to the players foot, different leather used in the upper, different/combined soleplate, different innersole (like Beckham prefered the innersole from Predator Accelerator 1998 in his boots) and some uniq details to improve the boots to a style the player likes.

So I’m lucky enough to have found recently three new pairs to my collection that are made in Germany.

     
   

Adidas Predator Mania TEST

Had a great day kicking around with my brother yesterday! Had to go with old school Predator Mania, they are incredible boots even though I’m usually wearing Vapors.

Had to choose Adidas Teamgeist as football!

   
   

Adidas Predator Mania in Gold

So I started a project with an excellent pair of Adidas Predator Mania Sg, the only problem they had were the white rubber stripes were broken and coming off. So what I did was replaced them with stiched leather stripes, and I were satisfied. Almost…

  
Then I had to take the project to a next level! I had them airbrush painted at a local artist @maalinetti, and I wanted them to match the famous pair of Gold Manias that were made to celebrate Zidane winning the 3rd FIFA player of the World!

  
Once they were painted I replaced the black elastic band with a new one in white and stiched it into place, I had to buy some new white laces to match the boots!

And here they are!

   
    
 

Adidas Predator Mania Sg

New addition to the collection, unique colourway in Adidas Predator Mania. Have seen this colour only once or twice before, could be some kind of player custome boot? Anyway the colour looks stunning and I’m really pleased to own them! 

    
 

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