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NIKE CLASH COLLECTION BOOTS – Nike introduced the Nike Clash Collection to celebrate the 2012 Euros

Updated: Sep 6, 2022

Some of the world’s best players including Cristiano Ronaldo, Andres Iniesta, Wayne Rooney and Gerard Pique stepped out in this amazing collection of football boots, delivering phenomenal style and superlative execution for the 2012 Euros tournament.


Nike’s Mercurial Vapor VIII, CTR360 II, T90 Laser IV and Tiempo Legend IV boots featured a clash of colours incorporating primarily white with a bold second colour, translating each model's ability to stand out on the pitch! Each boot has the CMYK code of the corresponding Nike colour imprinted somewhere on the boot.


The football boots were first used by Nike sponsored players in Munich, Germany on 19 May 2012 by national team players of Poland and the Ukraine as a taster launch. They were then officially debuted in the summer as the Nike Pack for the Euros 2012.



Nike Elite Series full range of models
Full Range of the Nike Clash Collection

Whats the hype?


They entered the Euro 2012s as Nike's 3rd tournament collection (after the EC08 and WC10 packs) leaving Poland / Ukraine as the undisputed stand-out performers of European Championships, having scored 60% of all 76 goals with a stunning total of 46.


From Mario Balotelli's stunner against Germany to Zlatan Ibrahimovic's uber creative solo goal, each of Nike's Clash models created their own moment of Euro 2012 history. The individual boots were sparked by specific colour finished with a white toe upper to create a distinctive yet common theme across the collection.


The themed colour of each boot in the Nike Clash Collection expresses the playing characteristics of each boot, with Mercurial Vapor VIII featuring a solar red for explosive speed, CTR360 II blue glow for the assured midfielder, T90 Laser IV electric green for the deadly striker and Tiempo Legend IV black for effortless and classic style.


Nike Football boots CTR360 Maestri I World Cup 2010
Nike Clash Collection breakdown


This model dominated the tournament, as the representative players contributed 21 goals, thanks to goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Mesut Ozil and Juan Mata - making the Mercurial the crowning model of them all!


Spec:

– Combines innovation and style with a seamless fit, touch and traction to beat defenders and capitalize on key moments

– Teijin Microfiber upper offers a sleeker, closer feel to the foot with a suede-like finish increasing ball control and touch

– Anatomic Last takes the fit of the boot to a new level of support and stability

– Unique plate construction incorporates two different pieces of glass fiber to increase flexibility and responsiveness






The CTR360 was one of the most aesthetic models on show, as well as being the most controversial, thanks to one man - Mario Balotelli. One of the tournaments highlight performers, his brace against the Germans along with other CTR representatives, finding the back of the net 10 times and taking the CTR360 to second highest model in the Euros goal-scoring chart.


Specs:

– Cushioned zones on the lateral forefoot give great first touch ball control –

– Receive / Pass Pad for control and accurate passing

– Asymmetrical lacing design creates an expanded ball control area

– The plate offers energy return and strength, with bladed studs for optimal traction and stability






The T90's goal tally could have been higher, but Wayne Rooney missed selection in England's first two games which might have affected this. Yet the Nike T90 Laser IV still tallied 7 goals with Fernando Torres scoring in the final to complete his hat-trick of Euro 2012 goals. The model finished the tournament in fifth place on the boots scoring chart, just two goals behind the renowned adidas f50 adizero.


Specs:

– Cushioned zones on the lateral forefoot give great first touch ball control –

– Receive / Pass Pad for control and accurate passing

– Asymmetrical lacing design creates an expanded ball control area

– The plate offers energy return and strength, with bladed studs for optimal traction and stability