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European Football News Update – March 22nd, 2024

Nike Scores Major Victory Over Adidas with German Soccer Team Kit Deal

In a significant shift in the sports apparel industry, Nike has clinched a deal to become the official kit supplier for the German national soccer teams, ending Adidas’s seven-decade-long partnership with the German Football Association (DFB). This deal, set to commence in 2027 and extend until 2034, marks a considerable home defeat for Adidas, especially on the backdrop of its recent financial struggles.

Adidas, a brand synonymous with German soccer, has supplied kits for the national team through four World Cup victories. However, the DFB highlighted Nike’s superior financial offer and its vision for the development of women’s football, along with amateur and grassroots sports in Germany, as key reasons for the shift. The exact financial details of the deal have not been disclosed.

This announcement comes at a challenging time for Adidas, which recently reported a net loss of €58 million ($63 million) for 2023. The loss was attributed to a slowdown in sales of its Yeezy-branded clothing and sneakers, following the termination of its partnership with Ye (formerly Kanye West) due to his anti-Semitic remarks. Adidas’s break-up with Ye and the subsequent financial downturn underscore the company’s current vulnerabilities.

German Economy Minister Robert Habeck expressed disappointment over the decision, noting the partnership between Adidas and German football as a “piece of German identity.” He lamented the lack of “local patriotism” in the decision-making process.

Despite this setback, Adidas will continue to supply kits for seven national teams, including Germany, Italy, and Spain, for Euro 2024. This event, hosted by Germany in June and July 2024, will likely be one of the last major tournaments where Adidas’s iconic three stripes will adorn the German national team’s kits.


The DFB’s decision to switch to Nike from Adidas is more than just a change of kit supplier; it reflects the shifting dynamics in the global sports apparel market. Nike’s aggressive strategy and its commitment to expanding its footprint in football, especially in Europe, have paid dividends with this landmark deal. For Adidas, this represents not only a financial blow but also a symbolic loss, given the deep historical ties and the brand’s identity closely associated with German football.

The move could have broader implications for Adidas’s strategy in football, prompting a reassessment of its partnerships and marketing strategies, especially in the lead-up to major tournaments. For Nike, securing the German national team’s kit deal is a significant coup, enhancing its visibility and prestige in the sport.

As the Euro 2024 approaches, all eyes will be on how Adidas leverages its remaining time as the kit supplier for the German team and how it plans to rebound from this setback. Meanwhile, Nike’s vision for the development of football at all levels in Germany will be keenly observed, particularly its impact on women’s and grassroots football.

This development is a stark reminder of the competitive nature of the sports apparel industry, where brand alliances with national teams are not just about visibility but also about aligning with the values and aspirations of the sport at every level.

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