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Off Pitch

Explore the best in football culture that's not limited to the stadium
  • Rival Review: Merseyside Derby

    The Merseyside derby takes place this Sunday and it’s one of the most heated affairs on the English football calendar - no other fixture has produced more red cards during the modern era.

    Liverpool have been re-energised as a top-flight powerhouse under Jurgen Klopp, while Everton have re-established their position as a top-half club.

    Here, we breakdown the stats of the derby and take a look at the current kits and kicks of both teams and their star men.

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  • Own The Elements: Goalkeepers

    Keeping goal is always a difficult job, but in the height of winter, when the rain’s pouring down, it can seem like an impossible mission. How are you meant to catch a ball that’s more slippery than a pig in a bath?

    Fortunately, goalkeeper brands are on your side: there’s a specific type of glove designed for wet conditions, and there are several pieces of apparel you can wear to combat the cold. Read on to find out how Pro:Direct Keepers can help you maintain top performance this winter.

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  • Own The Elements: Base Layer

    It’s a common question among our newer customers: why is base layer important for football? Experienced players, too, often find it difficult to know what type of base layer to use for a certain type of activity. There’s even a debate about how to write it: base layer or baselayer? Don’t worry about that last one – base layer is base layer, however you write it – but the other issues are certainly worth considering, especially during winter, so let’s get into it.
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  • Own The Elements: Equipment

    It’s all well and good braving the cold conditions, but without the proper equipment, you’re not going to do a lot more than a bit of basic cardio. It’s not so much the weather you have to be concerned with when it comes to selecting winter-appropriate training equipment, it’s the light – or rather, the lack of it. High-visibility products are the order of the day then, so here are a few items not to be missed.
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