Mar 22, 2024

Row erupts over German football kit deal

The German Football Association's decision to switch the supplier of the national team's kit away from Adidas has been blasted by politicians. The contract will pass from the German company to US firm Nike from 2027.Economy Minister Robert Habeck said he would have "Liked a bit more local patriotism", while Health Minister Karl Lauterbach called the decision "Wrong". Adidas has supplied the kit for the German national football team for more than 70 years. According to reports in the German press, Nike agreed to pay about €100m per year to supply the kit, doubling Adidas's payment of €50m.The deal, announced on Thursday, was greeted with dismay by German politicians on the left and right. The row over the German kit comes as politicians in England criticise a Nike design for the England team kit.

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