A History of adidas World Cup Football Boots | 1954 – 2010

adidas Gerd Muller

As one of sports’ most legendary brands, adidas are steeped in the sort of history that other brands can only dream of.

Athletes sporting the Three Stripes on their football boots have influenced every World Cup for sixty years in one way or another, and adidas have opened up their archives to share some of the boots that have helped shaped history.

adidas Argentina

adidas Argentina - Helmut Rahn

It was with this shoe that German striker Helmut Rahn scored West Germany’s third goal in the 1954 World Cup Final against Hungary. Making it 3:2 with six minutes left, he led his team to victory.

adidas Weltmeister NS

adidas Weltmeister NS - Just Fontaine

This shoe was worn by French international Just Fontaine in the 1958 World Cup. He scored 13 goals in the tournament, making him the top scorer.

adidas Chile 62

adidas Chile 62 - Karl-Heinz Schnellinger

Karl Heinz Schnellinger wore this shoe in the 1962 World Cup in Chile. In the same year, he was awarded German Footballer of the Year.

adidas Diamant

adidas Diamant - Geoff Hurst

It was wearing this shoe that Geoff Hurst scored his famous hat-trick in the 1966 World Cup Final in England against West Germany, which ended 4:3. The match is remembered for England’s only World Cup trophy so far.

adidas World Cup

adidas World Cup - Carlos Alberto

The captain of the Brazilian national team, Carlos Alberto Torres, wore this shoe when he led his team to World Cup victory in 1970 in Mexico.

adidas Gerd Muller

adidas Gerd Muller

It was with this shoe that Gerd Müller scored what turned out to be the winning goal for West Germany in the 1974 World Cup Final against the Netherlands.

adidas World Cup

adidas World Cup 78 - Martin Hoffman

This shoe is a prototype for the 1978 World Cup in Argentina. It represents the last football boot development personally led by Adi Dassler.

adidas Special

adidas Special - Karl Heinz Nummenigge

Karl Heinz Rummenigge wore this shoe in the 1982 World Cup in Spain. Together with the West German team, he became second in the tournament.

adidas Stratos 2000

adidas Stratos 2000 - Gary Lineker

It was wearing this shoe that England’s Gary Lineker scored 6 goals and became the tournament’s best scorer in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.

adidas World Cup SL

adidas World Cup SL - Andreas Brehme

Andreas Brehme scored the winning penalty wearing this custom-made shoe in the 1990 World Cup Final in Italy against Argentina. West Germany claimed their third World Cup title.

adidas Predator Cup

adidas Predator Cup

This shoe was launched for the 1994 World Cup in the United States. It meant absolute innovation for the players – in terms of power, control and accuracy.

adidas Predator Accelerator

adidas Predator Acclerator

The Predator Accelerator Cut was released to coincide with the 1998 World Cup in France. The shoe was signed by Zinedine Zidane, who scored 2 goals in the final against Brazil leading France to their first title.

adidas Predator Mania

adidas Predator Mania

The Predator Mania was launched for the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan. This shoe was custom-made for the English national player David Beckham.

adidas Predator Absolute+

adidas Predator Absolute - Niclas Alexandersson

This shoe was custom-made for the Swedish national player Niclas Alexandersson. It was launched before the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

adidas Predator_X

adidas Predator_X

This Predator X was custom-made for the Spanish national player Xavier “Xavi” Hernandez i Creus for the 2010 World Cup. Spain won their first world title in South Africa.

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  1. says: Jose Luis

    Images are fine, but it would be a lot better if you add a brief description of the shoe’s advanced technology for that time

  2. says: Bernt Vevle

    Just Fontaine did not wear adidas Weltmeister NS for one second during Sweden 58. This is fake history. He signed the contract and was supposed to wear them from 1/4 finals, but he woudn’t change the boots that served him so well thus far.

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