The Idea of Football Boots Started When King Henry VIII Came to Power in England
In modern football, shoes are not only footwear when players act on the field, but also self-identity and extracting coffers from sponsors.
History records, soccer actually only became a popular sport in 19. However, the shoes that later became known in football had actually existed since King Henry VIII came to power in England 1509-1547. At that time, King Henry ordered shoes made of animal skin pointed underneath. The king’s order was successfully completed by a local craftsman in London, Cornelius Johnson, in 1525.
Johnson’s shoes are still very simple. The product was deemed too big and heavy, even though it protected King Henry’s ankle. This is natural because King Henry deliberately ordered the shoes to hunt in the forest, not to play football.
Interestingly, several centuries later, King Henry’s shoes actually became an inspiration in football. The shoes were remade by football players in England in the 1880s. At that time, the majority of football players were factory workers or manual laborers. With their skills, they put iron nails in the soles of their shoes.
If you look at the materials used, the factory workers’ shoes are too dangerous. As a result, a simpler, slop-like shoe was launched from animal skin. The shoe has six protrusions on the bottom. The shoes make the wearer more comfortable when running.
The findings were then submitted to the FA. In 1891, the supreme authority of English football advocated the use of a 1.27 cm leather pulls made of leather. The pull under the shoe should also be round and not pointed.
The FA policy eventually developed along with technological advances in Europe. Moreover, shoe manufacturing companies, such as Gola (1905), Valsport (1920), to Hummel (1923), have sprung up and implemented such technology. Soccer shoes became more modern when Adolf and Rudolf Dassler founded Adidas in 1924, which was later followed by Puma.
Captain’s Tire in Football was First Used in 1872
In football, the captain has an equally vital role as the coach. He is a leader in the field, as well as a bridge between the skipper and his colleagues. The captain is also the first person who is given the right to argue with the referee or to protest to the match organizing committee if something goes wrong.
Historical records show it is unknown when who and the pioneering captain in football. Most likely, it has been going on since the round skin sport was introduced.
Unlike the other players, the captain has an identity in the form of a “tire” around his arm. The tires are different from the jersey color worn and are made of a flexible material such as rubber or wool. The captain’s armband must be worn on the court. If the captain forgets to wear it, the referee will admonish the team concerned.
Uniquely, the captain’s armband around the player’s arm was first introduced at the Scotland match against England in Glasgow in 1872. At that time, Scotland captain, Robert Gardner, and Cuthbard Ottoway from the British camp put a cloth wrapped around one of their arms. They agreed to use it so that the referee could easily recognize it.
After getting the referee’s approval, the captain’s armband was finally patented by the English Football Association (FA) to be obliged by the participating clubs at that time. Furthermore, the captain’s armband spread by itself to all corners of the earth.
In the modern era, the captain’s armband has many variations. It not only serves as a marker in the field but has a special message—for example, the anti-racialism campaign initiated by FIFA and UEFA. There are also black tires as a sign of mourning that are worn when a famous person dies. In addition, the campaign supports LGBT in the Premier League and the political message of the Catalan independence flag as implemented by Barcelona.
Alejandro Dario Gomez took another example in Atalanta Bergamo. The 32-year-old Argentinian player has the distinctive characteristic of changing the captain’s armband motifs and colors. The former Kharkiv Metalist player changes his captain’s armband every week. He once used the captain’s armband, using his son’s photo with the movie character, Frozen. He also used the captain’s armband with the animated character Tsubasa Ozora.
Apart from Gomez, Daniele de Rossi also used a unique captain’s armband. The AS Roma legend once placed the Curva Sud writing on his arm. There was also German Pezzella when he was lined up as captain of Fiorentina. He wears the armband that reads DA13 as a symbol of respect for the late Davide Astori.