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It’s been well documented that Kobe Bryant has quite the affinity for soccer. Growing up in Italy, Bean was introduced the to the game at a young age, and as with many European countries, the sport is pretty much inescapable.

Accordingly, the new Kobe 11 “Mambacurial” from Nike pays homage to one of Bryant’s favorite teams, FC Barcelona. The pair boasts a blue and red Flyknit upper, with yellow leather detail paying homage to Barcelona’s signature striped uniforms. Finally, a gum sole unit plays complement to the aforementioned design elements.

Nike will be making the Kobe 11 “Mambacurial” ($200 USD) available beginning September 8 through select outlets.

Release details for the soccer-inspired kicks arrive today as it is also the 38th birthday of the future Hall of Famer.

Late last month Nike dropped a hypnotizing 3D colorway of Bryant’s Kobe 11.

Not NYC, not LA.

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