Jogo usado ou jogo emitido... Qual é a diferença?
Match emitido significa que as botas foram feitas sob medida e fornecidas ao jogador profissional, mas permaneceram sem uso e sem uso - essencialmente um par sobressalente. Há uma série de razões pelas quais um par de chuteiras de jogadores pode não ser usado, por exemplo, em momentos como durante a pré-temporada e no início de uma temporada, onde os jogadores não podem usar as chuteiras SG fornecidas a eles por seu patrocinador, pois os campos não são macios o suficiente, então se eles permanecerão jogo emitido e preparado se não for usado. Outra vez que isso pode acontecer é se um jogador receber um par durante um período de lesão, as chuteiras ainda serão emitidas e preparadas, mas podem não ser realmente usadas, pois a próxima colorway pode ser liberada no momento em que o jogador estiver apto para jogar novamente.
Jogo usado significa que as botas foram usadas pelo jogador em uma partida ou várias partidas. Isso também pode incluir sessões de treinamento, no entanto, isso será diferente de jogador para jogador. Alguns trocam de bota quase todas as partidas, por isso, às vezes, seus pares só podem ser usados uma ou duas vezes - algo pelo qual David Beckham era conhecido. Alguns, por outro lado, como Toni Kroos, gostam de usar as botas até mais ou menos se desfazerem!
Como sabemos que as botas são 100% autênticas e genuínas?
Com a Puma, as botas dos jogadores são feitas geralmente no Vietnã de acordo com suas especificações exatas. O rótulo de tamanho deve ler "Amostra" ou "Exclusivo do atleta". Assim como os principais jogadores patrocinados da Nike e da Adidas, as estrelas contratadas pela Puma também gostam de modificar suas chuteiras, algumas mais pesadas do que outras. Sergio Aguero é um dos mais famosos por personalizar tanto as suas botas que podem ficar irreconhecíveis com as versões de retalho. Um exemplo de uma etiqueta de tamanho de um par de Puma ONE 5.1 da Aguero está abaixo, que mostra o "Atleta Exclusivo" sob o código de barras.
A Under Armour não tem tantos atletas patrocinados como Nike, Adidas ou Puma, no entanto, ainda fornece botas sob medida para seus melhores jogadores. Os pares que fornecem aos jogadores estão muito próximos das versões de retalho, no entanto, adicionam toques pessoais, como identificação de nome, bandeiras nacionais e números de plantel. Alguns jogadores, como Memphis Depay, foram vistos a modificar ligeiramente as botas, como ter um sistema de amarração tradicional em pares que são vendidos ao público com um sistema de zip-up.
Quanto valem as chuteiras de jogador?
Porque é que alguns pares de botas usadas e emitidas vêm sem palmilhas?
Às vezes, pares de botas usadas ou de fósforo emitidas virão sem palmilhas . Isso ocorre porque a maioria dos jogadores usa 1 par de palmilhas para vários pares de botas por razões de conforto, e geralmente essas palmilhas são completamente feitas sob medida apenas para seus pés, por seu patrocinador ou às vezes por uma empresa terceirizada. Conseguimos adquirir um par de palmilhas de Gareth Bale, que foram feitas pela Podoactiva que é uma empresa especializada em equipamentos desportivos personalizados, como caneleiras e palmilhas para atletas profissionais de elite. Este nem sempre é o caso, às vezes os jogadores simplesmente usam um par padrão de palmilhas , é realmente circunstancial de jogador para jogador. Alguns jogadores, como Ilkay Gundogan ou Gabriel Jesus, recebem suas palmilhas feitas especialmente para eles por seu patrocinador Adidas. Palmilhas personalizadas são mais comumente conhecidas como palmilhas ortopédicas.
Match worn or match issued... what's the difference?
Match issued means that the boots have been custom made for and supplied to the professional player, but have remained unworn and unused - essentially a spare pair. There are a number of reasons a pair of players' boots may not get used, for example in times such as during pre season and at the start of a season where players may not use the SG boots supplied to them by their sponsor as the pitches are not soft enough, so if they'll remain match issued and prepared if unused. Another time this can happen is if a player is supplied a pair during an injury spell, the boots will still be match issued and prepared but may not actually get worn as the next colourway may be released by the time the player is fit to play again.
Match worn means that the boots have been worn by the player in a match or multiple matches. This may also include training sessions, however that will differ from player to player. Some change boots almost every match, so sometimes their pairs may only ever be worn once or twice -
How do we know the items are all 100% genuine & authentic?
All boots come from impeccable sources within some of the biggest clubs around Europe. We specialise in English Premier League players boots as we are based in the UK however we have access to other top clubs which enables us to get our hands on pairs from players in clubs such as Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Bayern Munich and so on.There are many different ways to tell apart a player issued / match worn pair to a general commercial pair you’ll find in a retail store. These can be name personalisation, as well as custom sizing, soleplates, materials, innersoles among other tells. Player issue boots tend to be made in different countries to commercial shop versions - however this is not the case 100% of the time. These different tells can differ between brands, listed below are some ways to spot a pro players' pair from a retail pair. Every item sold here at www.bcboots.uk comes with our certificate of authenticity (COA) which guarantees the genuine nature of the item with it having passed our stringent authentication checks and procedures.
Adidas have their 'Athlete Services' factory located in Herzogenaurach, Germany, for players who require special customisations to their equipment. However it is also common for Adidas athletes to receive retail model boots if they do not require modifications, however these will still usually be personalised to their request with details such as their name, national flag, children's names or squad number which isn't something available to the public. Often Adidas supply certain models to the pros which are not available to the public, for example when they re-released the Predator silo, it was available to pros in leather and synthetic, whilst only commercially available in synthetic. When Adidas make a player's pairs in their Herzogenaurach factory, the internal label will state the size of each individual boot, as well as their motto "Only the best for the athlete". There will also be a label in the heel area, with the code "502001" which is the factory number, along with the manufacture date (month/year) and a code which refers to the particular player's custom ID number. Below we'll take a look at some examples of the internal size labels found inside professional player's boots which are made in Germany by Adidas...
Adidas MIG label style 2003-2013
Here we can see three different styles of size label found in the Adidas player boots. The first label on the white background is from a pair of Adidas F50+ of Arjen Robben from 2004-05. This style of size label was used from around 2003 until 2013. This version of the label stated 'MTM' which stands for 'Made to Measure', along with 'Made in Germany' and the numbered size itself. If a player had quarter sizing, or odd foot sizing, with this style label the Adidas craftsmen simply wrote on the label. We can also see there that the factory number '502001' is on the label itself.
Adidas MIG label style 2013-2022
The second label style seen with differing stated size numbers was used from 2013 until late 2022 / early 2023. This label states the left & right shoe sizes 'L/R' which stopped the craftsmen having to write on these details as we saw with the previous style label. We can also see here that Adidas added their moto to the top, along with the address of the factory itself to the label. The information such as factory number and player code were transferred to the inside heel area, where Adidas stamp a small sticker label containing those details, which wasn't something that was present with the previous style label. This particular label seen here is from a pair of Adidas X Speedflow+ worn by Gabriel Jesus during 2021-22, and we can see there that the left boot is a UK size 8.75, and the right is a UK 8.5. The made in Germany labels from 2013 onwards only stated the UK size.
Adidas MIG label style 2022-
The third label style that we can see there is not massively different to the second style, this is merely an updated version which Adidas brought in late 2022 / early 2023. We began seeing this label style on models as early as 2021, however it was quite rare to find that, we find that models of 2022 onwards are more commonly having this label style as Adidas phase out the previous version. This particular label is from a pair of Adidas X Speedportal.1 'Leyenda' which were match issued to Lionel Messi for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. This version states 'Athlete Servicing' instead of 'Athlete Services', along with the Adidas slogan in German being removed - it now states this in English only. In the space where the moto was in German, we now find the 3 Stripes Adidas logo. The font across the entirety of the label has changed ever so slightly, not a huge difference but certainly something to be aware of.
All of the above sizing labels are not just made from a paper like material either. They consist of a woven manufacturing style, whereby two pieces of material are married together, with the details then being stamped on top. This is why when looking closely you may see a slight 'dimple' pattern, so to speak, across the label. This is a key detail to look out for, as counterfeit/faked versions would not replicate these fine and specific details.The first style of sizing label seen above was always glued inside the boots, usually on the underside of the tongue. When the secondary style was brought in in 2013, this was also usually glued inside the boots, however not always on the underside of the tongue it was also common to find this inside the heel area on the liner, or slightly further forward to the midfoot. From around 2020, Adidas began to instead stitch these labels to the insoles of the boots, and as the years have gone on since then, this has become a much more common occurrence. Usually the retail equivalent models would still have the 'Made in China', 'Made in Indonesia' or 'Made in Vietnam' size label glued in inside the boots, where the made in Germany version is most likely to be stitched to the insole. So another key point to look out for here on more recent models of Adidas player boots is glue marks around the inside heel area on the liner, or inside the midfoot area, as if there is evidence of that then it is likely a retail style size label has been removed.
Nike players' boots should be made in Italy or Bosnia. Since 1996, they have had an "Athlete Service" factory located in Montebelluna Italy where they hand make their elite contracted players' boots such as CR7, Neymar and Iniesta, to their exact specifications and requirements - usually there will be no size label if the boots are made here due to them being completely bespoke. However, if there is a size label it should have the serial code "999999999" located at the bottom left corner of the tag. This is the same with Nike players' boots when made in Bosnia, which is where they make other pros' boots. The row of 9's serial code means the boots are for promotional use only, as they are different to what they sell to the public, so will not be able to be sold in a general store. Sort of like a "sample". The pairs Nike sell to the public are usually of lower quality than what the pros receive, with them normally being made in Vietnam/China as they are mass produced. Below is a side by side example of a player issue size label (left) and a retail size label (right). In the summer of 2019, Nike changed their size labels within their football boots and have scrapped the "999999999" player code. Player issue pairs from this period onwards will either contain normal size labels, the same as retail, or no size label at all (if they are made to measure) but the boots themselves will still present differences which separate them from standard pairs.
From 2016 onwards, Nike boots which were manufactured inside their Athlete Services factrory located in Montebelluna, Italy, typically come equiped with special insoles, an example of which we can see on the left. These insoles are from a pair of Nike Phantom GT 2 Elite's which were match worn by Kevin De Bruyne during Manchester City's Treble Winning 2022-23 season. The left insole will always bare the emblem of the Montebelluna factory, inside which in the top left square it states 'MB est'96', referring to Montebelluna and the year the factory opened. The Nike Swoosh will be found in the top right, along with a pair of Nike shoes to the bottom left, and the tools of the craft in the bottom right. Underneath it states 'ATHLETE SERVICE'. The right insole bares the Nike Swoosh along with 'Made in Italy'.
With boots manufactured inside the Nike Montebelluna factory, tyoically they will not contain internal size labels. This is largely due to them not seeing the boots as an exact stated size, as they are made to measure. Instead, Nike write a number inside each boot on the insole board, which refers to the particular player's foot last (mould) ID number inside the factory. The image to the left is from the same pair as mentioned above.
Always look out for the remanence of glue marks inside the heel area, as if there is evidence of a size label having been removed, it's likely you are not looking at a genuine made in Montebelluna pair of boots. Retail Nike boots will always have he size label glued in inside each boot.
What are match worn & issued boots worth?
There's a long list of variables that come into play with the market value of a pair or match worn or issued football boots. Which player the boots are from is of course the main variable, the bigger the player the higher the value as they will simply be more desirable for collectors to have in a collection. Modifications have a big effect on the market value, as the more parts that separate a pair from retail versions, the more special and rare it makes them, therefore making them more desirable. The worlds' elite players can customise pretty much anything on their boots such as soleplates, upper materials and so on. The players potential is another factor, if a player is up and coming the value of their boots may even be higher than an already established player in the same position as them. For example, Jadon Sancho's boots have a higher market value than Franck Ribery's.Where the boots are made. This can add just that extra bit of desirability when looking for a pair of match worn boots. For example, if a Nike pair have been made in the famous Montebelluna factory it makes them just that extra bit special and more desirable.Match worn pairs tend to be worth more than match issued/prepared pairs, mainly due to the fact they are that extra bit more desirable. A worn pair may contain a piece of history from the player they were worn by, such as the player may have scored a certain goal in that pair or they were worn in a particular match/tournament. Whilst match issued/prepared pairs are still specially made for a player and are so different to retail pairs, they just don't carry that same extra bit of X factor that a match worn pair has.
Why do some match worn & issued boots come without insoles?
Sometimes pairs of match worn or match issued boots will come without any insoles. This is because most players use 1 pair of insoles for multiple pairs of boots for comfort reasons, and usually those insoles are completely bespoke made just for their feet, by their sponsor or sometimes by a third party company. We managed to acquire a pair of Gareth Bale's insoles, which were made by Podoactiva who are a company that specialise in bespoke sports equipment such as shin guards and insoles for elite professional athletes. This is not always the case, sometimes players will just simply wear a standard pair of insoles, it really is circumstantial from player to player. Some players, such as Ilkay Gundogan & Gabriel Jesus, get their insoles specially made for them by their sponsor Adidas. Custom insoles are more commonly known as orthopaedic insoles.
With Puma, the player's boots are made usually in Vietnam to their exact specifications. Typically this is actually the same country of manufacture as the commercially produced football boots for the retail market
The size label should read either "Sample" or "Athlete Exclusive". Just like Nike's and Adidas' top sponsored players, Puma's contracted stars also like to modify their boots, some more heavily than others. Sergio Aguero is one of the most famous for customising his boots so much that they can be unrecognisable with the retail versions. An example of a size tag from a pair of Aguero's Puma ONE 5.1 is below, which shows the "Athlete Exclusive" under the barcode.