Adidas Predator Mania: Football’s Red-Tongued Superstar Boot

January 25, 2020

The Adidas Predator Mania was first released in 2002, making a splash during the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea/Japan. Often considered to be the most elegant and coveted of the predator series, the boot saw production in numerous colorways including black and red, white and red and a limited edition world cup model in blue. But what made this boot so iconic, was the consistent red fold-over tongue.

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A favorite of many icons of that era, the boot was worn by legends such as Zinedine Zidane, Steven Gerrard, Alessandro Del Piero and Raul – just to name a few.

But, perhaps the most famous player to wear the boot, was David Beckham. When you think Mania, you think DB7. Often seen sporting the white and red editions of the boot, Beckham emblazoned his initials and the names of his children on his boots, and rolled down the tongue to its maximum – inspiring the world to rock the Mania in a similar way.

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So successful was the boot, that Adidas broke the internet and rolled out a remake in 2017 of the Adidas Predator Mania Champagne – fully-loaded with the latest stud configuration and the iconic red tongue.

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