Defenders are known for stability and strength. They need boots that will protect their feet when they make a tackle, and provide support when keeping an incoming attacker in front of them. Nike’s Tiempo Legend has long been a boot worn by defenders due to its premium Kangaroo Leather upper. The classic Adidas Copa Mundial and the new Copa silo is also built from this durable leather. The thicker leather upper provides more protection, but also molds to the foot to prevent it from slipping when cutting quickly to cover an attacking player.
The Magista Obra also works well for defenders and keepers because the rigid texture provides protection while still maintaining a player’s touch. Defenders and keepers have very low margins of error while playing on the back line, and it’s crucial that they don’t let the ball slip by. The texture on the Magista Obra II provides enhanced grip in any condition, allowing for players to keep the ball under control when they can’t control the weather.
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