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Nike to Become Official Supplier of the German Football Association

Nike Signs Deal With DFB

In a landmark shift in the landscape of sports sponsorships, Nike Inc. is set to replace adidas as the official kit supplier for the German Football Association (DFB) from 2027 until 2034. This monumental partnership marks the end of an era for adidas, which has been intricately linked with the German national teams for over seventy years, providing kits and gear in a partnership deeply rooted in national pride and sporting excellence.

The transition to Nike as the new kit supplier signifies more than just a change of brand on the jerseys of one of the world’s most celebrated football teams; it represents a significant shift in the dynamics of sports sponsorships and the business of football. For adidas, headquartered in Herzogenaurach, Germany, this loss is felt keenly, not only because of the historical ties but also amid current financial challenges faced by the company, including the significant impact of losing the adidas Yeezy line.

The DFB’s decision to partner with Nike resulted from a "transparent and non-discriminatory tender procedure," where Nike's proposal was deemed superior financially and in terms of vision for the future of German football. According to Dr. Holger Blask, Managing Director of DFB GmbH & Co. KG, Nike’s commitment extends beyond mere financial sponsorship to encompass support for amateur and grassroots sports and a clear dedication to the sustainable development of women’s football in Germany.

DFB president Bernd Neuendorf expressed enthusiasm for future collaboration, emphasizing the opportunity this partnership will provide for the comprehensive development of football across Germany in the upcoming decade. Despite the new direction, Neuendorf assured that the DFB remains committed to celebrating and concluding its longstanding partnership with adidas on a high note, recognizing the brand’s monumental contribution to German football.

The financial stability Nike promises comes at a crucial time for the DFB. Stephan Grunwald, DFB treasurer, highlighted the importance of this stability, not just for the federation but for the sport in Germany as a whole. The DFB, representing 7.3 million members, stands unique in its financial model, supporting its members rather than being financed by them. This approach has been instrumental in maintaining football as an accessible national sport, and Nike’s involvement is expected to bolster these efforts further.

As the DFB looks forward to this new chapter with Nike, the change underscores the evolving nature of sports sponsorships and the global football landscape. For adidas, this transition poses a challenge and an opportunity to redefine its presence and partnerships in the world of sports. Meanwhile, Nike’s upcoming tenure as the official kit supplier for the German national teams promises not only to dress future generations of players but also to play a pivotal role in the development and support of football at all levels across Germany.

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