14 Facts About Adidas Predator


Adidas Predator are a range of football boots developed by German sportswear manufacturers Adidas, introduced in 1994.

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The common feature of the Adidas Predator range is the presence of rubber patches or strips on the top of the shoe, designed to increase friction between the boot and the ball.

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In late 2010, Adidas Predator designed the new "Power-spine" technology, which they claim improves shot power by reducing the amount the foot bends back as it kicks the ball.

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Adidas Predator line was discontinued in May 2015 for football, but was brought back in late 2017 to replace the ACE boots whereas the rugby line is still going strong.

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Adidas Predator then persuaded German footballers Franz Beckenbauer, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Paul Breitner to be filmed whilst using his prototype football boots in snowy conditions.

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The initial focus in Adidas Predator commercials was on shooting strength, but this gradually move more to the effect on ball spin and precision.

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For professional players who preferred the old studs, Adidas produced special Predators with a different outsole.

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Adidas Predator Precision introduced replaceable Traxion studs that were fitted by the tightening of a minute screw.

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Adidas Predator Pulse was introduced in late 2003, before UEFA Euro 2004.

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Adidas Predator developed a new upper material they call Taurus leather.

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Adidas Predator RX is a rugby version of the special, with a wider last and rugby specific predator vamp.

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In November 2012, Adidas unveiled a new lightweight version of the Predator LZ, aptly named the Predator LZ SL.

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In May 2013, Adidas officially released the updated version of the Predator LZ, named the Predator LZ II, and it was debuted by several players in Europe, including Napoli's Pepe Reina; Chelsea's Fernando Torres, Oscar and Petr Cech; Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil and Per Mertesacker; Real Madrid's Angel Di Maria and Xabi Alonso; and Chelsea's Juan Mata.

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The Adidas Predator 18 marked the first time a laceless upper was used in the collection, initially launching in black as part of the "Skystalker" boot pack.

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