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Kangaroo leather, which is markedly stronger, lighter, and more supple than other leathers, is widely used in shoe manufacture. ,, 30 ON ARTIFICIAL TURF, PLAYERS WEAR ATHLETIC SHOES WITH RUBBER STUDS ON THE SOLE. An outer coating on some shoes increases the level of friction for kicking The insoles can be premolded to the player’s feet for a perfect fit ,, Synthetic materials reduce water absorption, which helps keep the shoe light TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENTS While innovations in modern soccer shoe design may appear to be limited to a profusion of often garish colors and logos, there have, in fact, been a number of significant technological developments.

63 The perfect player? PART WHO AND WHY? BRAIN Johan Cruyff—dubbed “Pythagoras in Boots”; no player ever saw the angles and spaces of a game more quickly. HANDS Pat Jennings—huge, long-fingered, and reliable, the Northern Ireland keeper even scored a goal in 1967. UPPER BODY Christian Vieri—the powerful chest of the Italian striker gives him the strength to out-jump and out-muscle defenders. THIGHS Ronald Koeman—very muscular upper legs, so the Dutch player delivered shots and free-kicks with great force.

ELLIPTICAL CIRCULAR Most modern goals have this profile, which offers strength and reasonably predictable rebounds. The major drawback with this shape was that the ball might bounce off in any direction. SQUARE RECTANGULAR Some Scottish clubs retained square posts long after others had abandoned them. The sharp edges of these posts and crossbars posed an injury threat now considered unacceptable. THE BASICS | THE GOAL The dimensions of the goal vary depending on the type of soccer being played. In five-a-side, for example, the ball must not go above head height, so the goal is low.

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