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Manchester City"s Edin Dzeko plays around in the club"s boot room

What is Dzeko doing fooling around in the Manchester City boot room

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Graeme Yorke

PUBLISHED:

11:26 GMT, 15 March 2013

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UPDATED:

09:41 GMT, 16 March 2013

On the face of it, Edin Dzeko seems to have taken his eye off the ball.

Following on from the club's attempt at a Harlem Shake, Dzeko has embarked on a solo career in the world of wacky internet posts and is taking time out from City's attempt to gurn, sorry turn, around their season.

The Bosnia striker, who has just racked up his 100th appearance for City, put up a photo of himself messing around with back-room staff in front of rows a of extravagantly coloured designer boots.

Cross-eyed: Edin Dzeko pulls a pose with his Manchester City back-room staff

Cross-eyed: Edin Dzeko pulls a pose with his Manchester City back-room staff

It is not known if Dzeko is claiming every pair in the room as he looks to find a way to kick-start City's title charge.

With Sergio Aguero still out injured, Dzeko is likely to feature against Everton at Goodison Park in the Saturday lunchtime game.

Here's hoping he picks the right pair of shoes for the occasion.

Demba Ba rejects 80k-a-week QPR deal

Ba rejects 80k-a-week offer from QPR as race for Senegal striker hots up

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UPDATED:

11:28 GMT, 22 December 2012

Newcastle striker Demba Ba has rejected an 80,000-a week offer from Premier League strugglers QPR.

Ba has long been linked with a move away from the North East due to a 7.5million get-out clause in his contract.

Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs have long been admirers of the Senegal striker but according to The Sun, QPR were the first to make a move.

In demand: Demba Ba is expect to attract a lot of interest in January

In demand: Demba Ba is expect to attract a lot of interest in January

Newcastle are resigned to the fact they will lose their striker who has scored 11 times this season and they are understood to be already on the hunt for a replacement striker.

Talks have been going on with Ba for months but he has turned down all the Toon proposals.

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has been looking at Marseille striker Loic Remy to fill Ba’s boots.

Sale 6 Toulon 17: Jonny Wilkinson seals points for Toulon

Sale 6 Toulon 17: Sharks sink in the wet as Wilko wins again

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UPDATED:

23:03 GMT, 8 December 2012

Jonny Wilkinson has labelled
England's epic win over New Zealand as a 'turning point' for English
rugby and 'the most influential victory in five years'.

The record-breaking England stand-off
was speaking after helping his Toulon side beat a Sale team featuring
Danny Cipriani in a physical Heineken Cup fixture.

Wilkinson, the second highest points
scorer in Test match history behind New Zealand's Dan Carter, expressed
his admiration for Stuart Lancaster's England after watching the game
last Saturday on TV.

Kicking boots: Jonny Wilkinson kicks a penalty for Toulon

Kicking boots: Jonny Wilkinson kicks a penalty for Toulon

'We deserved to win against a very,
very good side and it could be a huge turning point for England after
what I believe is the most influential victory in the last five years
for English rugby.

'Their defence was uncompromising,
their work in the breakdown fantastic and the way they attacked the ball
exceptional. It's all about attitude now. If we can put the same
attitude into the next game, then the next, then England won't need Manu
Tuilagi to beat five players.

'They need to keep their feet on the
ground in one sense because what's important is the next game, not the
last one, but knowing the talent they have I was not surprised.'

Held his own: Sale's Danny Cipriani

Held his own: Sale's Danny Cipriani

Cipriani might have been playing for
England but for some off-field antics in recent times, but a move to
Sale appears to be calming the talented stand-off, although he remains,
at best, fourth in Lancaster's pecking order for the No10 jersey.

He put in a solid display against
Wilkinson, the man he twice replaced with England in 2008 through form
and injury, but both were denied the chance to shine in appalling
weather conditions as Toulon emerged the winners.

The odds were stacked against Sale
with the home side languishing at the bottom of the Aviva Premiership
and the visitors leading the French Top 14.

Moreover Toulon, arguably the form
team in Europe, were not just sporting a who's who of world rugby in the
form of Wilkinson, ex-Wallaby Matt Giteau, former All Black Carl
Heyman, former Springbok Bakkies Botha and French international stars
Frederic Michalak and Mathieu Bastareaud, but also former Sharks
returning for the first time to the new, Salford City Stadium in the
shape of Andrew Sheridan, France's Sebastien Bruno and Puma Juan Martin
Fernandez Lobbe.

Just short: Sebastien Tilous-Borde is stopped close to the tryline

Just short: Sebastien Tilous-Borde is stopped close to the tryline

The Armitage brothers, Delon and Steffon, also ran out in the gloom, determined to prove their worth.

Old England stars Simon Shaw – now 39
and still going strong – and Nick Kennedy made a powerful, all-English
reserve second row from the bench as well.

Pacing up and down the touchdown were
former head coach turned chief executive Steve Diamond and new
appointment, former All Black coach John Mitchell, hoping that, despite
the quality of opposition, the Heineken Cup could kickstart a recovery.
They would have been delighted, despite the loss, with what they saw in
terms of commitment and effort, although the inclement conditions
certainly helped the Sharks.

Cipriani missed two penalties, one
striking the bar, but scored with two more, while Wilkinson missed two
penalties and a conversion, and landed two penalties.

Dejected: Sale Sharks players look on

Dejected: Sale Sharks players look on

The difference at the interval was David Smith's try on the half hour after Fernandez Lobbe tipped Wilkinson's inch perfect up and under into the path of the Australian winger and Smith sprinted to the corner to score. Wilkinson nudged Toulon into an eight-point lead with another penalty and Botha thought he had finally broken the Sale rearguard action in the 67th minute, but Andy Powell held him up.It took a 75th-minute penalty from Wilkinson to finally settle the issue.

Toulon's grip at the top of Pool 6 has tightened as a result and Sale, for all their spirit, are all but out of the Heineken Cup, a fact likely to be confirmed next Sunday when they face the return game in Toulon.

Messrs Wilkinson, retired from England but hopeful of a Lions tour this summer, and Cipriani, hoping he may one day wear the red rose again, will be expecting some South of France conditions.

Kevin Kilbane on retiring from football: I wouldn"t change a thing

Kevin Kilbane: After more than 700 games, I'm calling it a day… but I wouldn't change anything

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UPDATED:

15:14 GMT, 8 December 2012

This is the day I have been dreading. I’m retiring and hanging up the boots after nearly 20 years. I am no longer a professional footballer.

It seems strange to say it after all these years but the body and the mind have had enough. I know it’s time.

The last year, battling a back injury and getting fit for a new season with Coventry City, has been a real slog. It’s just not much fun anymore.

I’d lost that competitive edge to go to training every day. From being a kid, and certainly throughout my professional career, I have treated every training session like it was my last. But that feeling has gone. I don’t have that hunger anymore.

I know it’s the right decision for me, and my family, and, if there is one consolation, I’m pleased it has been in my hands. Over the years, so many team-mates and good friends, some as young as 18, some on their early 20s, lads so full of hope, have had their careers ended in an instant. They go into one more routine game, and bang. It’s all over.

A new beginning: Kevin Kilbane has retired from football

A new beginning: Kevin Kilbane has retired from football

I’ve played more than 700 games, represented my country more than 100 times, including a run, of which I am very proud, of 66 consecutive competitive appearances. I couldn’t believe it when it was happening to me. I still can’t believe I have been so lucky.

I honestly couldn’t thank Coventry City enough for all their understanding over the last few weeks. I joined the club with really high hopes in the summer and was honoured to be made captain but things haven’t worked out like I hoped or planned. I know as well as most that’s just the way football goes.

Most importantly, after too many nights, weeks and months away from them, I want to be near my family. I can’t do that fighting against the tide in the Midlands when my heart just isn’t in it.

When I think back to the sacrifices I have made over the years, particularly representing my country, I don’t regret them. I was the only senior player who went to the States with Steve Staunton six years ago, but it was the right thing to do because I was playing for Ireland. I was captain on that tour. It’s what I dreamed of when I was wearing my Opel shirt at home in Preston in 1988.

It’s time to put me and the family first now.

My career started at Preston North End, my home-town club. I joined at 10, became an apprentice at 16 and made my debut two years later.

Calling it a day: Kilbane won 110 Republic of Ireland caps

Calling it a day: Kilbane won 110 Republic of Ireland caps

I still remember my debut. It was Plainmoor, Torquay United, September 1995, a boiling hot day on the coast. Gary Peters was manager, he named me in the squad the day before we set off, I warmed up for the entire game I was so nervous.

He put me on the for the last 20 minutes, and we won 4-0. Although I am pretty sure I came away thinking `this is a breeze’, I never felt I had made it. I was delighted to be a professional footballer and I just wanted to work hard every day to make sure it was never taken away from me. And I knew it was what I had to do.

I had a good grounding because my older brother Farrell, who also called it a day at the end of last season after a good career as a semi-pro, had been released by Preston while I was at the club.

Preston won the third division that season and of course it was just an amazing start for me. I only played about a dozen games, usually from the bench, but I just loved every minute of being a part of the dressing room.

Leaving wasn’t easy. But when West Brom came in with a then club record fee of 1million, there was really no choice.

It was very hard to start with, living away from home for the first time and living in a strange city. I was all over the place, but Ray Harford was one of the best coaches I’ve worked with and he just believed in me. Ray and his successor Denis Smith let me play with the most freedom I’ve enjoyed in my career.

A step up: Kilbane is honest about his spell on Wearside

A step up: Kilbane is honest about his spell on Wearside

Sunderland was a big move and I know I was not good enough. It’s not a problem to admit it because it’s a fact.

I loved my time in the north east, made some friends for life, and I totally understand their love of football. I really do get it which is why I love the fans up there so much.

But I didn’t really settle quickly enough on the pitch and my best season was probably when we went down, which is no benefit whatsoever.

I was sorry to leave, especially as the club and I really had no choice after relegation, but Everton was probably my best spell. And then Wigan, and my favourite club game, the dramatic last day when we beat Sheffield United to stay up in the Premier League. I had a hand in both goals, I remember that.

And where do I start with the Ireland memories

Playing in the 2002 World Cup Finals was the greatest, strangest and most painful experience in my career, all rolled into one incredible month.

We got there thanks to that win over Holland, and that’s my favourite game. I was right behind Jason when he scored and just ran after him, caught him quite easily by the touchline because he wasn’t the fastest. The celebrations back at the airport hotel, after Lillies, were the best ever – and there have been a few.

I watched the Germany game on ESPN Classic the other night. We were a good side you know, even without Roy Keane. My memory of that night is the party back at the team hotel, with the wives, families and supporters staying there, Noel O’Reilly on the banjo, everyone getting up to sing a song. Late finish.

We should have beaten Spain to get to the quarter-finals. I know I should have scored. I can’t erase the mis-hit from Ian Harte’s saved penalty, and my own penalty miss in the shoot-out. I can still close my eyes and see them, feel the touches off my left foot. Miss every time.

Painful memory: Kilbane watches as Ian Harte sees his penalty saved by Iker Casillas

Painful memory: Kilbane watches as Ian Harte sees his penalty saved by Iker Casillas

I’ve had my fair share of stick over the years, including from my own supporters.

No sports psychologist in the world can prepare a player for that abuse. It doesn’t matter whether it is one bloke shouting at you as you take a throw-in, or thousands booing you and cheering your substitution. It is hard to take because it’s you. They just do not like you.

No one likes criticism in any walk of life, but I learned to deal with it and ignore it, laugh it off. It’s the only way because you have to be stronger.
The funny thing is, I really wouldn’t change anything in my career, and I include all the stick.

Perhaps it goes back to my upbringing. When you’ve had Sam Allardyce, Gary Peters and John Beck bellowing at you as a young kid, stick from Sunderland fans is water off a duck’s back. With Big Sam one withering look was enough to make your blood run cold.

I’ll miss so much about playing but now I am looking forward to new challenges, long lie-ins and daytime television.

I’m not writing off coaching. I loved working with the reserves and academy players at Hull City last season with Nick Barmby as manager and sadly the role, which I had big plans for, was taken away when Nick was sacked and Steve Bruce gave it to someone else. And then I was sent to Coventry…

I’ve got my UEFA A and B licences, I know I love coaching, but it’s tough to get the work. I have certainly not ruled it out for the future.

My immediate future is to get more involved in work as patron of Downs Syndrome Association and work on my autobiography, which will be published next autumn in aid of the UK-based charity.

I will also be concentrating on the media work, which I’ve enjoyed over the last couple of years, and hopefully I can be successful. It is a new responsibility and I have to view games differently but I like that idea very much.

It starts with the column next week in the Irish Daily Mail and a game for BBC Radio 5 live back at Everton tomorrow. I can’t wait.

Raheem Sterling and Eden Hazard to wear new Nike GS2 boots

EXCLUSIVE: The new Nike boots that promise to deliver dazzling skills from Sterling and Hazard… whatever the weather

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UPDATED:

12:55 GMT, 22 November 2012

Eden Hazard and Raheem Sterling will ditch their garish green boots this weekend and go back to black as they unveil the world's most environmentally friendly – and safari inspired – all-weather studs.

As these exclusive pictures show, Liverpool winger Sterling has been picked as part of a select band of players in Europe to wear the new Nike GS2 boot this weekend.

Although he is not scheduled to wear them until Sunday in Liverpool's visit to the Liberty Stadium against Swansea, the 17-year-old put them to the test during training on Wednesday.

Boot-iful game: Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling will wear the new Nike GS2 boots this weekend

Training day: Sterling wears the new Nike GS2 boots in training

Boot-iful game: Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling is set to wear the new Nike GS2 boots this weekend

THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE BOOT
Conceived and engineered in Italy, the Nike GS 2 features recycled and renewable materials throughout the upper and plate design.
A bio-based traction plate made primarily from castor beans ensures strength and flexibility on pitch, alongside a sock liner made from 100 percent castor beans.
The boot laces, lining and tongue are made from a minimum of 70 percent recycled materials.
The toeboard and collar feature at least 15 percent recycled materials.
All Conditions Control (ACC) technology is created by a special treatment during the development of the upper materials to deliver a consistent feel on the ball at all times.

The GS2, which spots a safari print on the classic black and white design, is constructed using renewable and recycled materials – but is chiefly designed for explosive performance on the pitch.

Every component of the boot has been optimised to reduce weight and waste, according to the sports giant who have created their lightest football boot ever at 160 grams (size 9).

It also features Nike's All Conditions Control (ACC) technology, which is said to deliver enhanced ball control in both dry and wet weather conditions.

Theo Walcott has also been chosen by
to road test the boots in the Premier League, although the Arsenal
forward is a doubt to face for Arsenal's visit to Aston Villa on
Saturday with a shoulder injury.

Chelsea
star Eden Hazard will unleash them on Sunday for interim manager Rafa
Benitez's first game in charge against Manchester City.

Dortmund midfielder Mario Gotze, Ajax ace Christian Eriksen and AC
Milan's El Shaarawy will also play in them for the first time across the
Continent.

The boots will be available to fans worldwide on December 1, retailing at 250.

Hazard warning: The Chelsea star will unleash his new studs against Manchester City

On the ball: Arsenal ace Theo Walcott

Hazard warning: The Chelsea star will unleash his new studs against Manchester City but Theo Walcott (R) may have to wait before he can wear his with the Arsenal ace struggling with a shoulder injury

Making a splash: The boots are black and white with a safari print of the 'All Conditions Control' insignia on the side

Making a splash: The boots are black and white with a safari print of the 'All Conditions Control' insignia on the side

The Nike GS2 boots are available on December 1 and will retail at 250

Win Zlatan Ibrahimovic boots that scored greatest goal against England

Fancy owning the boots that scored the greatest goal! Ibrahimovic's signed boots up for grabs (but there's no guarantee it will help you master the 'propeller' kick)

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UPDATED:

18:05 GMT, 15 November 2012

Fancy getting your hands on the football boots that scored the greatest goal in history Well, now you can. The boots worn by Zlatan Ibrahimovic in Wednesday night's victory over England are up for sale for charity.

His final goal – that amazingly acrobatic 'propeller' kick finish from 30 yards out that left goalkeeper Joe Hart red-faced – has been hailed all day as one of the finest ever scored.

Wonder goal: Zlatan Ibrahimovic struck a stunning overhead kick

Wonder goal: Zlatan Ibrahimovic struck a stunning overhead kick

Big hearted: Ibrahimovic handed his prize boots to Jonas Olsson (left)

Big hearted: Ibrahimovic handed his prize boots to Jonas Olsson (left)

West Brom defender Jonas Olsson, Ibrahimovic's international team-mate, has made the boots available on his just giving page.

He tweeted: 'Chance to win the almighty Zlatan Ibrahimovic's signed boots, worn yesterday against England!! Min 5 donation at http://justgiving.com/Jonas-Olsson'

Anyone who donates will enter a pot and the winner of the boots will be randomly picked.

The money raised will go to The Winnicott Foundation, which helps to care for some of the most fragile premature and critically ill newborn babies and their families.

As Olsson explains on his page: 'Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page.

Jonas Olsson tweet

Big prize: Olsson reveals donation on Twitter (above) and his JustGiving page (below)

Jonas Olsson justgiving page

'Me and my partner Frida have set this up to reach awareness of premature births. Its very close to our hearts as our beloved daughter Iris Annabelle was born seven weeks early.

'The care, help and support we received from our local hospital was truly amazing and we wish this for everyone cooping with the same situation.

'To help promote the cause I will regulary auction some of my personal football items such as shirts, shoes etc. I will use my twitter account @J_OlssonViasat to notify everyone when the items are ready for donations.

'All donations are made through this page. Minimum 5 donations and I will randomly pick a winner (please leave twitter details or email address with donations). The target is to raise 10,000.'

Rio Ferdinand undecided over new Manchester United deal

Rio ready to drop United bombshell as defender remains undecided over new deal

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UPDATED:

22:40 GMT, 12 November 2012

Rio Ferdinand has told Manchester United there is no guarantee he will sign a new contract to continue playing next season.

Ferdinand's current deal runs out in the summer but Sir Alex Ferguson believes the former England defender can perform at the highest level for another 'two or three years' and has indicated that he will be offered a 12-month contract to extend his Old Trafford career into an 11th season.

However Ferdinand, who turned 34 last week, has battled against a back complaint in recent years and will take his time over the next few months before deciding whether to play on.

No guarantees: Ferdinand is out of contract at the end of the season

No guarantees: Ferdinand is out of contract at the end of the season

'It's always good to hear the manager say things like that but you have to take every week and month as it comes,' Ferdinand told Inside United magazine.

'The best thing I can do is to look at it at Christmas, and then again in the summer to see how I'm feeling and go from there.

'But hearing the manager say things like that definitely puts the spring back in your step.

'I'll have a better idea of that in December or January time when the games start coming thick and fast. That is when it really hits you and you know the hard work really has to start.

'I'll probably get a better gauge of where I'm at fitness wise and the benefit of having the summer off then.'

It would be a surprise if Ferdinand decided to hang up his boots, and club sources believe he will be persuaded to carry on.

Rio Ferdinand

Future: Rio has interests outside of the game

The former West Ham and Leeds defender has been an pivotal figure at the back for United this season in the absence of Nemanja Vidic, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones, playing in 11 of the club's 15 Premier League and Champions League games.

But it has been a difficult year for Ferdinand whose omission from England's squad for Euro 2012 and recent fallout with Ferguson over his refusal to wear a T-shirt supporting the Kick It Out campaign came in the wake of his brother Anton's race row with John Terry.

He is a wealthy man with a growing number of interests outside the game and Sportsmail revealed last month that he is also involved in plans for a breakaway union to protect the interests of black players.

Meanwhile, Wayne Rooney should be fit for United's trip to Norwich on Saturday despite pulling out of England's friendly with Sweden tomorrow with a cut on his ankle.

Rooney suffered the injury in a challenge with Aston Villa's Matthew Lowton on Saturday but the wound is expected to have healed in time. United will carry out further tests on teammate Robin van Persie who has withdrawn from Holland's squad with a thigh strain.

Bobby Zamora should quit, says Tony Cascarino

Just quit! Zamora told to hang up his boots after admitting to falling out love with the game

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UPDATED:

11:15 GMT, 5 November 2012

FALLING OUT OF LOVE

Read the interview with Bobby Zamora in which he discuss his feelings for football

Bobby Zamora has been told to quit football after admitting he'd fallen out of love with the game.

The QPR forward has endured a difficult 12 months since leaving Fulham for Loftus Road, and last found the back of the net in the September defeat to Tottenham.

Zamora was a late substitute in Sunday's draw with Reading – a 10th winless game of the season for Rangers – and missed a glorious opportunity to secure the points.

Chance gone: Bobby Zamora has admitted to falling out of love with football

Chance gone: Bobby Zamora has admitted to falling out of love with football

Speaking to the Mail on Sunday on the morning of the match, the former England international admitted that, off the field, he has little interest in football

He said: 'For so many years football has been your life and it’s all everyone wants to talk about, everywhere you go. I don’t like talking about it. I’m not a massive football fan, really. Quite a lot more players than let on are the same.

'I don’t watch games on an evening or anything like that. A lot of people find it strange [that I don’t like football].

'I’m not sure what I want to do after I finish playing but if it means watching football then I don’t want to get involved.'

But reacting to Zamora's surprise comments, former Chelsea and Republic of Ireland star Tony Casacarino believes the is no space in a squad for someone so detached from the game.

Writing in his Times newspaper column, Cascarino said: 'Bobby Zamora shoudl hang up his boots. The QPR forward admits he doesn't watch or even like football much.

'I assure you, players like him are few and far between. If your heart's not in it, Bobby, get out of the game.'

Lionel Messi launches adidas competition to design his next pair of F50 boots

Make them dazzle! Barca superstar Messi wants fans to design his next pair of boots

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UPDATED:

10:22 GMT, 25 October 2012

Lionel Messi has challenged football fans to come up with the design for his latest pair of boots.

The Barcelona superstar wears the F50 'boot with a brain' – the studs Sportsmail exclusively revealed last November – which records the forward's every move from a small data chip inserted in the sole.

The 25-year-old, who is rumoured to be launching his own brand of boots next year, will wear the custom made pair in December but wants them to dazzle – just like he does on the pitch.

Boot room: Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi wants fans to design his next pair of F50s

Boot room: Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi wants fans to design his next pair of F50s

'In football you express yourself with your feet,' said Argentina international Messi.

'Knowing that your boots are unique makes you feel special and makes you play with more confidence.

'I’m excited to see the designs that my fans create for me and I look forward to playing in them.'

But boot makers adidas might want to keep the news from Martin O'Neill.

The Sunderland boss recently became the latest manager to speak out against brightly coloured boots and urged players to return to the old-style black boots.

He said: 'When they were introduced, I remember Alan Ball wore a pair of white boots. Of course, he thought he was a great player and, to be fair, he was.

Make the dazzle: Messi wants his next design to shine like his performances on the pitch

Make the dazzle: Messi wants his next design to shine like his performances on the pitch

'But to wear really luminous boots you had to be a really good player, but nowadays you don’t have to be a good one to wear them.

'I would love if it came back to just wearing black boots. It would be great. I wore black boots. I certainly wouldn’t have worn orange!

'Under Cloughie, we were allowed two pairs of boots every season and then you had to buy your own after that. Honestly.

'We had to go down to a place in Nottingham called Redmayne & Todd with a chit and buy your boots. And if the boots you wanted were more expensive, you had to put some extra money to it. And we’d only won the European Cup — twice.’

Other Premier League managers share O'Neill's views, including QPR boss Mark Hughes.

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill

Queens Park Rangers manager Mark Hughes

Old school: Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill and QPR manager Mark Hughes (R) prefer traditional black boots

He said: 'When I played you kept the one pair that you broke in and you wanted to last for the season. At the moment it seems if the boot company says you’ve got to wear green ones one week then you have to wear green ones. It comes from the boot company rather than the player.'

Everton boss David Moyes said: ‘I’m a traditionalist, so it is black boots for me. If you are a centre half, you can’t wear anything other than black.'

And Martin Jol, the Fulham manager, said: ‘I don’t like these flashy boots. But I won’t be too critical. I don’t want a big wall between me and the players.

'If they feel they should play in pink then they should. On the other hand I always tell them that I feel they play better with black boots. We always played in black boots.'

Fans can create a unique pair of adidas adizero f50s for Messi by visiting the new miadidas configurator at www.miadidas.com and submitting their designs.

Real Madrid midfielder Ozil banned from wearing adidas boots after Nike lawsuit

Real Madrid star Ozil banned from wearing adidas boots after row with rivals Nike

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UPDATED:

11:44 GMT, 24 October 2012

Real Madrid star Mesut Ozil faces being hit with a 122,000 daily fine if he dons another pair of adidas boots.

The German international midfielder was spotted
wearing all-white adidas boots, but without the iconic three stripes on the side, after ending his long-running
sponsorship agreement with Nike.

Nifty: Mesut Ozil dons a pair of adidas boots for Germany

Foot fault: Mesut Ozil dons a pair of adidas boots for Germany

The move prompted the American sportswear giants to take court action as it breached the fine print of their contract.

Under the terms of their deal, Nike had the right to match any offer made by potential rival sponsors before he can legally switch brands.

Ozil has also been seen in Nike boots while playing for his club and the 24-year-old and his representatives have denied they have made any agreement with German sportswear company adidas.

Shoe in: Ozil back in Nike boots for Germany

Shoe in: Ozil back in Nike boots for Germany

But a court in Amsterdam on Tuesday questioned Ozil's motives and found it unlikely that he would switch brands without another deal already being in place.

The court ruled in favour of Nike and decided that Ozil must outline any offer presented to him for the next 180 days, which would allow his previous sponsor to come back with a new offer in return.

Failure to do so would result in a 122,000 daily fine.