Held by many as the world’s best footballer, Leo Messi continues to break records and win international accolades. A fearless player, agile and lightning quick, he rides challenges and has one ultimate aim on the pitch; to create and score goals for his team. Now fans can take a step closer to their hero with the adizero™ f50 Messi, part of the new Messi Collection range of boots and apparel.
From over 100,000 players from 55 countries, to 100 who experienced an intensive week in Barcelona. Now Nike Academy director Jimmy Gilligan and his elite coaching team have chosen the Final 16 players of The Chance 2012.
The Final 16 will now experience the ultimate training tour, visiting some of the best federations, clubs and facilities in the world – with one Nike Academy contract at stake.
The best 26 players from the Final 100 played a ‘final’ game at Barcelona’s impressive reserve team stadium,Mini Estadi, under the scrutiny of the Nike Elite Scouts and coaching team as they look to select the final 16 players for the training tour and ultimately a place on the Nike Academy.
Emotions ran high tonight at The Chance final as the 100 finalists were cut to 52. The players who had put so much into their three days of hard training were told if they would be going on to tomorrow’s semi-final and the chance to further impress the coaches.
“It was hard today but I think I did OK. Whatever happens later, we will support each other. Thanks to this experience, I have learned so much about other cultures and have made genuinely great friends from all over the world.” — Jonathan Lama 18, USA
To celebrate the launch of the new CTR360 Maestri III boot, Nike has created a new film featuring the world’s leading playmaker Andres Iniesta, starring as a puppet master on the pitch. The FC Barcelona midfielder expertly pulls the strings dominating the midfield and dictating the pace of the game as a tiny figure on a miniature football pitch theatre set.
“I knew that tomorrow was a rest day, so I certainly upped my efforts in an attempt to make the final 52.” — Bismark Kwarteng, Ghana