Back in 1966, England won the World Cup on home soil, Geoff Hurst scored a hatrick. The goals were scored with a German ball made by Adidas, his football boots were also made by the German company. On the pitch, the game itself, the football match, England beat Germany.
In 1966, few people would have been concerned by which football boot brands were being worn by which players. Forty years later, its huge business. England captain David Beckham is reportedly paid between 3-4 million pounds per year by Adidas, Geoff Hurst was more likely to be grateful for receiving free football boots!
At this years World Cup, Beckham will be wearing the Adidas football boots that he helped to design, the +Predator Absolutes. The football boots will also be seen at the World Cup on the feet of Frank Lampard, Zinedine Zidane, Raul, Kaka and Patrick Vieira. Astonsihingly, Adidas are forecasting sales of 1 million pairs of thier boots this year.
Lets hope Becham can emulate Hurst beyond his football boot brand and win the World Cup for England.
Adidas Predator Absolute TRX FG DB, current price £99.99