Mitre Blog

Who’s The Best Between The Sticks?

The role of a goalkeeper is quite simple, protect your net. But with a team of 11 players raining down shot after shot, this can be quite a challenge.  The goalkeeper has one of the hardest positions on the pitch. Their team, the coaches and their fans count on them game after game to put their body on the line – literally! So we’ve decided to dedicate our time to 3 of the best keepers the EFL has to offer this season, and appreciate some serious talent between the sticks.... Read More

Scriball – Collect It, Colour It, Play It!

Scriball, a unique and fun new gift from football experts Mitre, is guaranteed to bring a twist to this year’s Christmas (and birthday!) gifting. Not just any football, it won’t only have your kids kicking and throwing it, their creative juices will be flowing too, as it includes everything they need to decorate and create their very own keepsake ball. You can buy them here. There are three Scriballs to collect with different cartoon characters – Ooodles (the goalie), Zoids (the defender) and the Floopz (the strikers). Each comes in a... Read More

How to train like a top-flight footballer

There is no denying it, football is one of the most physically demanding sports in the world. It requires 90 minutes of mud, sweat and (occasionally) tears – and that is not to mention the hours of training put in before the game. There are a number of key attributes and areas that top-flight footballers must work on if they are to  make it at the top level. The effort players put in on the training ground will echo their performance on the pitch. So footballers, take note, here is... Read More

EFL Season 16/17: Manager ins and outs

The season is in full-swing and the transfer window is well-and-truly closed. With all the spotlight on record-breaking signings and new-stars joining the EFL, it is easy to forget that managers can chop and change just as much as the players. So here at Mitre, we have decided to give you a rundown on some of the eagerly-anticipated managers joining the EFL this season. Nottingham Forest – Philippe Montanier On the 27th of June 2016, Nottingham Forest said hello to their new manager, Philippe Montanier. The French manager used to... Read More

The perfect technique: 4 tips for mastering the curved free-kick

When executed correctly, the curved free-kick is a thing of beauty. Having the ability to ping the ball around the the wall and back inside the post takes some serious skill – alongside a lot of practice! So here at Mitre we have decided to make it easier for you. Next time your team needs you to step-up to the mark, make sure you’re ready with these essential pointers. Vision First things first, pick a target. It’s all well and good having the ability to strike the ball with precision,... Read More

Dominating defence: the key to becoming a world-class defender

Potentially the most under-acknowledged position on the pitch. Rarely does a defender see their name up in lights for their goal-scoring abilities. But nevertheless, the role of a defender is as crucial as the next. Killing a potential threat on goal can be just as valuable as putting one away for your team up the other end. Protecting the keeper and ultimately your goal-line requires, grit, strength and sheer determination. Give yourself the best possible chance amongst the back-line with this ultimate guide to dominating in defence. Read the game As... Read More

The youngsters that have made the biggest impact on the EFL

  you cant win anything with kids –  – Alan Hansen MOTD 1995 Strong words from Alan Hansen regarding Manchester United and their opening game in 1995.  Despite his confident words and manner, Manchester United actually won the league that season – alongside the FA Cup! This was the start of United securing the first of what was to be two consecutive double-winning seasons – a feat never before seen in English football.  So it would seem Alan was wrong, you can win with kids. In fact, it’s possible to... Read More

Know Your Position Inbetween The Sticks

To get to the top of your game as a goalkeeper, it is essential you know where to position yourself in the box. Your body and mind must be at one, prepared to react to any form of attack. Having the agility of a cat is one thing, but a first-class keeper must possess undeniable vision and awareness. Being able to fully understand your angles during a match requires practice, there’s no denying it! However with dedication and the right guidance, any aspiring keeper can begin to understand what it... Read More

WICKES SIGN AS OFFICIAL HOME IMPROVEMENT PARTNER OF EFL!

Last week the EFL announced a partnership with nationwide retailer Wickes to become the Official Home Improvement and Building Materials partner of the EFL. The innovative multi-channel retailer has penned a three-year deal, providing the brand with a series of marketing and promotion rights across all 72 clubs. Wickes will directly engage with fans of the EFL through a newly launched initiative, ‘Because support begins at home’, which will include ticket promotions and appearances from some of the EFL’s top talent. A second promotion, ‘Kits for Kids’, aimed at supporting... Read More

The one’s to watch this season in the EFL

It’s safe to say that the season is well and truly underway, and some players are demonstrating to their managers and fans why they deserve their place in the starting 11. So here at Mitre, we have produced a rundown of the one’s to watch this season in the EFL. Josh Morris League One side Scunthorpe United are currently sitting in 3rd place, 3 points off the top spot – thanks to midfielder Josh Morris. So far this season, Morris has scored a total of 5 goals for United, averaging... Read More