When we started this feature we were slightly worried. What we do and what we like can be fairly niche, but as we move along we realize that more and more that our game transcends your standard on pitch fare. With a fourth of July hangover, we take a look last week’s #BestOfBothWorlds Instagram posts.
Last month we headed to London for the launch of the latest adidas boot, the Nemeziz. Amid the chaos which included freestyle exhibitions and a performance from Desiigner, we were allotted a few minutes to sit and chat with up-and-coming German sensation, Timo Werner. The young Red Bull Leipzig striker really made a name for himself last season with 21 goals and he is currently tearing it up for The German National team at The Confederations Cup in Russia. We keep it true to KTTP as we chatted soccer, style, Nemeziz and goal celebrations with Timo, have a look below.
KTTP: What were some of your most memorable boots growing up?
TIMO WERNER: I really liked the adizero growing up and last season I liked the Messi boot. Now I’m obviously looking forward to wearing the Nemeziz. I’ve already tested them in training but I can’t wait to wear them in a game
KTTP: What are some of the features of the Nemeziz that you like?
TW: It’s the first time for me wearing a laceless boot. At first, it was a bit different but I got used to it and I ended up liking it a lot.
KTTP: Now if you could have your own signature colorway, what would it be?
TW: White and red, matches my team colors.
KTTP: Off the pitch, how would you describe your style?
TW: I’m not a flashy guy, I like to keep it simple. A lot of my peers like to go “Bling Bling” but that’s not really my style (Laughs).
KTTP: Who on the German National would you say is the best dressed?
TW: Well we have players that fit into different styles. You have Mario Gomez and Matts Hummels who like to wear suits and something more chic. Then we have players like Jerome Boateng who wear more oversized stuff, casual and I’d use the word “swag” to describe him for sure. Me personally I’m between the two.
KTTP: Game day music? What are you listening to before a match?
TW: Before the game, I’m not in charge of music. We have a “DJ” on our team or semi-pro DJ (Laughs). Yussuf Poulsen from Denmark. He’s in charge of the music in the locker room.
KTTP: If you were in a house that was burning down, name 3 things that you would grab?
TW: My phone, my football boots and my Playstation.
KTTP: Outside of soccer do you watch any other sports?
TW: Basketball. I like the Cavs and Kyrie Irving. Of course LeBron also, Curry and Durant are also incredible.
KTTP: Last question if you scored the game-winning goal for your country in the World Cup what would you do?
TW: Oh, it would be spontaneous, I’m not someone that plans celebrations. One from the past that I’ve done a few times is sliding on my knees for some reason (laughs) but I never really plan it.
Soccer don’t sleep. It is true now more than ever, our beloved game truly has no offseason. Confederations Cup, the Gold Cup, Euro U-21’s, sneaker drops, boot drops, collections and countless kit releases, the summer is alive with all realms of footy. Today we take another weekly look back at our favorite Instagram posts that blend outside cultures with soccer. Here are last weeks #BestOfBothWorlds IG posts.
• 나이키의 헤리티지로 축구를 입다!✔️ AS모나코 15-16 홈 저지와 최근 핫했던 코르테즈, 풋볼코디!✨ • Football, Culture, Life – Over The Pitch #나이키 #AS모나코 #코르테즈 #칼하트 #풋볼코디 #오버더피치 #축구 #축덕 #저지 #스트릿 #데일리 #라이프스타일 #스니커즈 #캔버스백 #에어맥스 #nike #asmonaco #cortez #carharttwip #football #jersey #street #daily #lifestyle #sneakers #canvas #bag #airmax #overthepitch
In the turmoil of 1970s and ’80s England, the working-class escape was clear: be a footballer or form a band. | England in the 1970s and early ’80s was a grim, violent, angry, lean, ambitious, stimulating place. It had hardship and conflict on a scale unknown since the end of World War II. It was the golden-studded age of English punk and heavy metal. It also had football success of a magnitude unseen since: English clubs won the European Cup seven of the eight years between 1977 and 1984. Now the English Premier League is the richest and most popular in the world, but English clubs’ dominance on the pitch is a thing of the past—like, alas, Lemmy Kilmister’s throbbing bass in Motörhead and Bob Paisley’s understated cunning at Liverpool. | Excerpt from our issue 11 piece 'We Are The Champions' by Paul Doyle. Illustrations by @ben_kirchner.
@nikefootball Mercurial Superfly V Spider-Man: Homecoming Concept 🕷 . #lumo723 #sport #nike #nikeid #nikefootball #mercurial #superfly #superfly5 #footyheadlines #custom #customshoes #concept #football #soccer #fashion #sneakers #soccercleats #cleatstagram #footyboots #footballboots #cr7 #ronaldo #photoshop #design #spiderman #marvel
Overstock stores have always been hotspots for finding soccer gems, from kits to boots and everything in between. Especially during the summer months when brands are churning out new kits for the up coming season stores like Ross, Marshalls, TJ Maxx and Nordstrom’s Rack are gold mines for fire footy gear. It was with this knowledge and hearts full of hope that we set out on a a day off to find some overstock come ups. Below is a breakdown of what we found including a retail price comparisons. Also make sure to check out our Instagram story of the journey from beginning to end.
List of items and price comparison:
Nike USMNT Polo: $29.99 Retail : $80.00
Nike USMNT Training top: $29.99 Retail: $45.00
adidas slides: $12.99 Retail: $25.00
Nike Man City 16/17 Home Kit: $29.99 Retail: $90.00
Nike Man City 16/17 Away Kit: $29.99 Retail: $90.00
adidas Manchester United 15/16 Away Kit: $29.99 Retail: $90.00
Nike Roma 16/17 Home Kit: $29.99 Retail: $90.00
Nike Blackburn Rovers 15/16 Home Kit: $29.99 Retail: $90.00
Nike Brazil Home Kit: $14.99 Retail: $90.00
Nike England Away Kit: $29.99 Retail: $90.00
Nike Chile Home Kit: $29.99 Retail: $90.00
Nike France Home Shorts: $16.99 Retail: $45.00
Nike Brazil Home Shorts: $14.99 Retail: $45.00
LA Galaxy Steven Gerard Doll: $5.99 Retail: $20.00
Grand total w/ tax: $366.48 Retail total w/tax: $1,044
Another week another #BestOfBothWorlds Instagram list. Once again we invite you to step into our world via IG posts that bring the best of other cultures into our beloved game of soccer. From Carmelo Anthony at the Champions League Final to the friends and fam Kaws Jordans, have a look at what makes us tick in our #bestofbothworlds IG posts of the week.
• 축구를 넘어선 시대의 아이콘, 데이비드 베컴!😎 맨유 00-02 홈 #7 BECKHAM 풋볼 코디!✨ • Football, Culture, Life – Over The Pitch #엄브로 #맨유 #데이비드베컴 #DB7 #풋볼코디 #오버더피치 #축구 #저지 #맨체스터유나이티드 #클래식 #골든데님 #나이키 #업템포 #크리스마스 #슈프림 #캠프캡 #umbro #manchesterunited #beckham #football #jersey #goldendenim #nike #uptempo #christmas #supreme #campcap #overthepitch
@thepitchcreative: Honored to design a limited print for the back of the new @nikefootball @fcbarcelona 17/18 Home Kit. Features a special name and number set for @neymarjr. Inspiration drew from LA graffiti hand styles. 40 jerseys are currently up for grabs and going quick at @nikys_sports . 🌴 #nikefootball #fcbarcelona #neymarjr
Defenders on shuffle 🔀. Music on repeat 🔁. Introducing the #NJRmixtape: nike.com/njrmixtape — Summer has started. Shoot your own football video, cut it to your favorite track, use #NikeMixtape to share it with the world. ⚽️🔊 — @neymarjr #Nike #Football #Soccer #music #hiphop #electronicmusic #NeymarLive
As we bid farewell to the 2016/17 European soccer season, we take a look back. Not on the superstars, plays, goals and drama, but to the stars off the pitch. The fans are what give soccer that extra bit of magic. Unlike any other sport, ultras and soccer fans elevate the intensity of a match sometimes beyond the quality of what is being played on the pitch. In many of the scenes listed below that is with out a doubt the case. Places like Warsaw, Basel, Dortmund and Zenit have become destinations more for their atmosphere than their soccer. Below we take a look at best European Tifo’s of 2016/17.
1. Legia Warszawa v Borussia Dortmund: Septermber 14, 2016. Polish Army Stadium, Poland
2. Djugardens IF v A.I.K. September 21, 2016, Tele 2 Arena, Sweden
3. Standard Liege v Gent: February 19, 2017. Stade Maurice Dufrasne, Belgium
4. FC Twente v Feyenoord, February 5, 2017. De Grolsch Veste, Holland
5. FC Basel v Grasshopperd Club Zurich: September 10 2016. St Jacob-Park, Switzerland
6. Spartak Mosco v Zenit St. Petersburg: April 16. 2017. Otkrytie Arena, Russia
7. Borussia Dortmund v Benfica: March 8, 2017. Signal Iduna, Germany
8. Lyon v Ajax: May 11, 2017. Stade De Lyon, France
9. Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid: May 2, 2017. Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Spain
10. AC Milan v Inter Milan: November 20, 2016. San Siro, Italy
World Cup qualifiers are back and with the showdown at Azteca right around the corner, we thought it would be fitting to highlight a kit that was at the forefront of many epic matches.
The Kit: USMNT 1995-98
Worn By: Cobi Jones, Eric Wynalda, John Harkes, Alexi Lalas, Claudio Reyna, Tab Ramos, Kasey Keller, Joe-Max Moore, Brad Friedel, Jeff Agoos, Earnie Stewart, Brian McBride, and Preki
The 1994 World Cup truly put everything into motion for football in the US. While many predicted a group stage exit, the USMNT rose to the occasion and qualified for their first knockout round in decades. While the Adidas stars and stripes will forever represent that epic “coming of age” moment in American football history, the new Nike strip would now represent the squad’s serious intent on reaching new levels.
July 14, 1995 – Copa America
Here the Americans totally stole the show by not only achieving the seemingly impossible task winning their group but shutting out the reigning champions Argentina 3-0 in the process. This still stands as one of the most impressive American campaigns in a major international tournament.
November 2, 1997 – Nil-Nil at the Azteca
The mid 90’s saw the rivalry with Mexico spark into life. There was a genuine animosity between these two sides and the Americans were now a threat to Mexico’s long-held dominance of CONCACAF. In a world cup qualifier match the USMNT would grind out a historic draw at the Azteca. This result would secure the Americans first-ever point on the road against Mexico.
February 10, 1998 – Gold Cup Semifinal
While never having logged a victory over Brazil, one nil losses to the Brazilians in the previous 3 meetings left the Americans believing there was a way to finally get one over on the South American juggernauts. A long range strike from Preki and goalkeeping masterclass performance by Kasey Keller to preserve the clean sheet would give the American side their first and only victory over the mighty Brazilians.
Where to cop: The good people at Classicfootballshirts.co.uk got you covered with plenty of these bad boys including a few match issued and game worn gems.
When we travel we do our best to take in as much soccer culture as possible. Whether it be a match, a fan zone, pub or a stadium tour, we gets it in. Last weekend we were blessed enough to fly to Madrid for the Cop Del Rey final, naturally on our downtime we took a little trip to one of the most iconic, imposing and stunning stadiums on the planet…the Santiago Bernabéu. Home of the worlds most decorated club, the Bernabéu has seen some of the most beautiful football in the sports history. A stadium worthy of Real Madrid’s grandeur, the only thing more stunning than the Bernabéu itself is the tour which gives you a shockingly up close and intimate access into the club’s glorious history. Every patron is free to take all the time necessary to walk around the stadium from the stands, to dugout, to locker room and even the jaw dropping trophy case, the tour is class. During our trip we soaked it in and took our time. Have a look below…