Millwall FC’s run in to the semifinals of the FA Cup include wins over Aston Villa and Blackburn and they are the lowest-placed team in this round of the competition. Millwall will face Wigan on 13th April, 2013 at the Wembley Stadium.
The second semifinal is the big one and it sees Premier League giants Chelsea who made a shocking comeback against Manchester United to level the game 2-2 at Old Trafford and won 1-0 in the replay at Stamford Bridge.
Their semifinal opponents – Manchester City – gave a 5-0 whooping to English Championship side Barnsley FC in the quarterfinal. Chelsea will face City on 14th April, 2013 at the same venue.
To be used in the semifinals and the finals, Nike has created the Nike Maxim ball and it is set for its FA Cup debut this weekend. As supporting partner of the FA Cup, Nike will supply match balls for every FA Cup game, starting this weekend with Millwall vs Wigan and Chelsea vs Man City.
Nike’s partnership with The Football Association, announced in September 2012, includes the role as supporting partner of the FA Cup and this entails the supplying of match balls for every FA cup game, starting this weekend.
Featuring design and performance innovation that offer superb responsiveness, touch and ball flight, the Nike Maxim is enhanced with Nike RaDaR (Rapid Decision and Response) technology, a lab and field-tested standard of visual performance that allows players to see the ball better and helps them make split second, game changing decisions.
To maximize first touch and distribution, a five layer construction guarantees optimal first touch whilst a 360° sweet spot provides a consistent response off the foot. Meanwhile the Geo II Balanced Technology, an aerodynamic textured casing, delivers an accurate and powerful strike, no matter where you hit the ball.
The FA Cup ball – Nike Maxim