Nike unveil special pair of silver Scorpion boots inspired by the famous ‘Secret Tournament’ advert coinciding with the 2002 World Cup that featured ‘referee’ Eric Cantona, Thierry Henry Ronaldinho, Roberto Carlos and Co
- Nike have released a pair of special silver boots called ‘Phantom GT Scorpion’
- The boots are inspired by the iconic ‘Secret Tournament’ advert from 2002
- The advert featured icons of the game, including Eric Cantona and Thierry Henry
Football fans have been treated to a blast from the past after Nike unveiled a special pair of silver boots inspired by the iconic ‘Secret Tournament’ advert back in 2002.
The advert, also known as ‘Scorpion KO’ or ‘The Cage’, was a global advert by Nike that coincided with the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan and it featured some of the biggest icons in the game – including Thierry Henry, Ronaldinho and Co.
And 18 years on, Nike have decided to release a pair of boots – called the ‘Phantom GT Scorpion’ – with a fresh look following the hugely popular advertising campaign.
Nike are releasing a special pair of boots inspired by the 2002 ‘Secret Tournament’ campaign
The ‘Nike Phantom GT Scorpion’ boots will be available to buy from November 2 onwards
Nike have ensured there is a generational link between the new boots and the 2002 advert
Nike have ensured there is a generational link between the ‘Secret Tournament’ and the new boots, which are available for fans to buy from November 2.
There is a chrome upper and plate on the boots that references the tournament’s ball while painted brush strokes copy the on-ship location and the yellow and black hazard stripes mirror the goals.
Furthermore, a Scorpion graphic – which features the phrases of ‘Secret Tournament’ and ‘Engineered for Skills’ alongside it – has been updated from the 2002 campaign.
The eight iconic teams, consisting of three players each, from the 2002 ‘Secret Tournament’
Eric Cantona was referee of the fictional tournament on an enclosed pitch located on a ship
The concept of the iconic 2002 campaign was a fictional tournament made up of eight teams, with three players in each, in a first-goal wins knockout style competition.
The games were played on an enclosed pitch located on a ship with former Manchester United and France great Eric Cantona acting as the tournament referee.
There were some incredibly huge names from the world of football on the advert, including the likes of Henry, Francesco Totti, Patrick Vieira, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Luis Figo, Roberto Carlos, Ronaldo and Ronaldinho.
Other names to feature included Paul Scholes, Rio Ferdinand, Freddie Ljungberg, Lilian Thuram, Tomas Rosicky, Fabio Cannavaro and Hernan Crespo.
Thierry Henry was also one of the star names to play on the iconic 2002 advert
The 2002 campaign was a hit, leading to tournaments across major capital cities around world
The music from the advert was also very iconic – it was a remix of Elvis Presley’s ‘A Little Less Conversation’ smash hit.
After the advert was shown on televisions, the campaign went worldwide with local tournaments taking place in several major capital cities around the world.
The concept of the tournament was exactly the same, with teams of three competing in knockout stages before the final matches were held in cages just like on the advert.
‘SECRET TOURNAMENT’ TEAMS
Thierry Henry, Francesco Totti, Hidetoshi Nakata
Patrick Vieira, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Paul Scholes
Freddie Ljungberg, Javier Saviola, Luis Enrique
Edgar Davids, Lilian Thuram, Sylvain Wiltord
Luis Figo, Roberto Carlos, Ronaldo
Funk Seoul Brothers:
Denilson, Ronaldinho, Seol Ki-hyeon
Fabio Cannavaro, Tomas Rosicky, Rio Ferdinand
Equipo Del Fuego:
Claudio Lopez, Gaizka Mendieta, Hernan Crespo