Nike’s latest Phantom GT Scorpion football boot is a tribute to the brand’s own “Secret Tournament” campaign of 2002, celebrating an era that gave rise to the evolution of “expressive, risk-taking footballers.”
Inspired by their playstyle and acting as a “generational link,” the boot comes dressed in a shining chrome upper with a similarly-finished bottom plate and studs, a reference to the tournament’s ball. Black painted brush strokes wrap around the toebox and extend down the midfoot as a nod to the cargo-ship ‘stadium’, while the contrasting yellow accents found across the shoe reflects the hazard stripes used to frame the goals. Additional detail comes in the form of a lateral, geometric scorpion graphic, and the words “Secret Tournament” and “Engineered For Skills.”
As for those who aren’t familiar with the 2002 advertisement — which coincided with that year’s World Cup in South Korea and Japan — the “Secret Tournament” featured a fictional eight-team, three-a-side tournament taking place inside a cage aboard a large cargo ship. 24 of the world’s top players made appearances in the campaign, including Thierry Henry, Ronaldo, Rio Ferdinand, Luis Figo, and Ronaldinho.
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