Which football boot should a defender choose?

What kind of football boots should a defender choose? What type of studs to use when you are a defender? We answer this question, whether you are a central or lateral defender.
Choosing a football boot is always a special moment in a season. Will it really fit me? What brand should I take? Is it really adapted to my position? As we often say, it is not the boot that makes the player and the diversity of boot models means that any player can play with boots “normally” designed for strikers, dribblers, or defensive profiles.


Which studs for a defender?
Despite this, our recurring analysis of professional players’ studs shows some interesting trends in the boots most worn by defenders. Whether they are central or lateral, the studs used are not always the same and some models stand out from the rest. Through this guide, we offer you a sample of the best in the market of soccer boots for defenders.
Football boots for a central defender
You are a defensive player and often in the center. Your role is in the interventions through the brake back or tackles. Your support and balance are very important for your clean and precise throw-ins. Which boots would suit your style of play?

For defenders, there is one model that is very interesting: the Adidas Predator Edge. This latest version of the Predator has nothing to do with the first generations of the pair as it stands out with a new silhouette and new technologies. For the purists, the design of the old Predator LZ from the early 2010s with the ZONE SKIN technology brings touch and especially control to the pair.
Who are the center backs wearing the Adidas Predator Edge?
David Luiz, Daley Blind, Phil Jones, Yerri Mina, Militao, Nacho Fernandez…

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In 2014, Nike launched a very successful model for several positions: the Magista. Since August 2020, you now have had to deal with the Phantom GT. Designed along the same lines as the Magista, the Phantom GT features a Flyknit upper paired with a textured material. Nike also thought to improve the traction of the pair with new siped studs on a Hyperquick outsole. However, the lightness of the boot comes at the expense of foot protection. This model is totally optimized for good rebounding defenders looking to build from the back.
. Who are the central defenders wearing the Nike Phantom GT?
Matthijs de Ligt, Ibrahima Konaté, Simon Kjaer, Eric Dier, Jordan Beyer…

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At Nike, we do not change a timeless model. After unveiling a very exciting Tiempo Legend 7 and a Tiempo Legend 8 hyper-performance, it is the ninth version of the leather silo of Nike that was unveiled in the summer of 2021. Without any surprises, the kangaroo leather is still present on this pair of studs and it is at the level of the sole that the biggest work was done because, despite the presence of leather and its robust look, the pair is only 207 grams in its size 43! With a look that will remind the old CTR, this new Tiempo Legend 9 remains a reference in the position of central defender and it is not Virgil van Dijk who will say the opposite …
Who are the central defenders who wear the Nike Tiempo Legend 9?
Leonardo Spinazzola, Alessandro Florenzi, Pique, William Saliba, Rob Holding, etc…

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Built for speed, the PUMA Ultra is above all a versatile boot. Comfortable, flexible, and responsive, the pair worn by Raphael Varane since his arrival at PUMA is obviously present in positions where speed is important but also in central defense. Its touch on the ball, with its MatryxEVO upper, remains its strong point and defenders, good relaunchers, have the perfect profile for this pair.
Who are the central defenders who wear the PUMA Ultra?
Varane, Lucas Digne, Álvaro González, Rafael Tolói etc…

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The football boots for a fullback
You are a defensive player and regularly at the side. Your team plays in a modern way with very offensive fullbacks. You run with and without the ball to defend or attack. Your cross-cutting skills and defensive interventions are crucial to the outcome of the score. What boots would suit your style of play?

Nike’s Mercurial is the result of 20 years of technology and almost all the flaws have been corrected on the new generations. Its weight allows for a light foot for explosive speed and it’s new Vaporposite upper not only pushes the limits of customization but also offers better comfort to players. While it comes with a reputation as THE shoe for strikers, the Mercurial line is mostly a versatile boot by default and its speed boot attributes will stick perfectly with the laterals.
Who are the fullbacks wearing the Nike Mercurial?
Davies, Reece James, Dest, Ben Chilwell, etc…

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With its speed and comfort characteristics, the new Adidas X Speedflow has arguments similar to those presented by Nike’s Mercurial. A true field favorite since its launch, this new pair is the direct heir to the f50. Its soft synthetic upper provides a fluid touch of the ball while the sole ensures good acceleration.
Who are the fullbacks wearing the Adidas X Speedflow?
Dani Alves, Marcelo, Juan Bernat, Marcelo, Luke Shaw, Alex Telles, etc…

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Already an interesting and popular option for central defenders, PUMA’s Ultra is also a great option for fullbacks as it embodies the speed of PUMA. Finally, it is a real defender’s boot!
Who are the fullbacks wearing the PUMA Ultra? Alex Sandro, Zinchenko, etc…

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