Any fans of Kobe Bryant reading this are likely aware that he happens to be a fan of FC Barcelona, the European professional football club. Kobe’s illustrious career came to an end this April and he had participated in his final game on April 13th against the Utah Jazz. However, something that perhaps even Kobe’s fans do not know is that he had actually received an offer from the club last summer to participate in the Euroleague as a fitting conclusion to his career. The latest colorway of the Nike Kobe 11 Elite Low, dubbed FCB “Mambacurial,” is inspired Kobe’s favorite professional football club.
Many readers have probably guessed what the FCB in this new colorway’s nickname stands for, but for those who have not figured it out, it is basically referring to FC Barcelona. When compared to the NBA, the Euroleague’s scheduled would not have proved to be too wearisome and he would have been welcomed as a hero in each away game. However, despite of how huge a fan Kobe is of FC Barcelona, he did not accept the club’s offer, claiming that he was not adequately physically fit to give his A-game. Regardless, he is a fan of the club as this Nike Kobe 11 Elite Low iteration makes obvious.
Kobe Bryant is actually quite open when it comes to showing off his appreciation and veneration for sports other than basketball. Thus, the color scheme that this Kobe 11 Elite Low is dressed up in borrows the signature colors of FC Barcelona. Its Flyknit uppers predomiantly feature a Blue-colored gradient, with Red mixed into the heel and medial portions, and the side panels sport Bright Yellow-colored Nike Swooshes. At the very bottom, this sneaker appears to be equipped with Gum outsoles and five stars can be spotted over a football-style emblem on the heels, referring to the five championships that Kobe has won.
It would have likely been a treat to watch Kobe play some football in the Euroleague, but considering that he had already decided from basketball, he was likely right above his physical fitness. Nonetheless, sneakerheads can celebrate Kobe’s admiration for FC Barcelona with this Nike Kobe 11 Elite Low FCB “Mambacurial,” which will retail for $200 on September 8th.