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Something Speciali. Umbro dig into the archive and deliver a double-diamond of delight with the re-tooled, re-engineered and resurrected Umbro Speciali 98. Twenty years on from THAT night in France, one of the game's most iconic silhouettes returns ready for a whole new generation.

Why the fuss? Let's set the scene. Saint-Etienne, 30th June 1998. Michael Owen announces himself on the world stage with a fabulous, individual goal that is still regarded as one of the best of all time. In doing so, the then 18 year old Owen gives the double-diamond embossed Umbro Speciali the most welcome but unexpected of spotlights. To commemorate two decades passing of this moment, Umbro rightly see fit to bring the Speciali back (truth be told it never really went away) with all the elements that make an icon great.

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The new Speciali 98 stays true to the original boot that graced the Saint Etienne turf, featuring hallmarks such as hand crafted, soft k-leather upper (of course) which is also incorporated into the fold over tongue. Subtle colour accents to the ankle and the distinctive white Double Diamond logo make up the remainder of the look. Inside, with a nod to improved comfort the collar has a soft touch lining and sock liner again featuring subtle branding. The Speciali 98 also brings back the patented wishbone technology across the soleplate. Given a spruce of modernity with a Memory Flex tag line complimented by a classic stud layout, ideally suited for firm ground pitches. 

To keep the 98 vibe going Umbro have pulled out all the stops and re-issued a whole host of gear to further compliment the Speciali release, including clothing, balls, and (a personal favourite) the Italia backpack. Want to see more? Good news - we made a comprehensive Speciali Collection look book for your viewing pleasure.

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It's a welcome return to one of the games' most loved icons and a welcome antidote to some of the loud colour options that are considered the norm in 2018.

If you're feeling the double diamond love, the Umbro Speciali 98 are available exclusively from prodirectsoccer.com from August 16th.

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