Germany settles shoe dispute

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:36 IST

The Germany soccer players won the right to wear the shoes of their choice on Thursday after a bitter dispute with their federation.

Germany settles shoe dispute

Stuttgart, Germany:

The Germany soccer players won the right to wear the shoes of their choice on Thursday after a bitter dispute with their federation.Adidas, which has outfitted the Germany team for decades, agreed to let the players chose their own shoes even as it extended its contract with the German Soccer Federation until 2014.The players, in turn, signed an agreement that pledges to do more publicity for the soccer federation, which apparently hopes that will recoup some lost income through the shoes."The federation won't be the financial loser in a solution to the shoe problem," soccer federation president Theo Zwanziger said before the meetings on Thursday with the players.The players threatened to boycott a 3-0 friendly win against Sweden two weeks ago, angry because they felt a promise was broken to meet their demands.Zwanziger avoided the strike by agreeing to settle the matter before Saturday's match against Ireland, the start of Germany's European Championship qualifying campaign.The fight to break the Adidas monopoly was led by a group of top players with contracts with other sports manufacturers.Among them was leading World Cup scorer Miroslav Klose of Werder Bremen and Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann, who also got the right to wear his own gloves.Adidas retained its monopoly on the rest of the national team's clothing. The agreement extends to Germany's under-21 team and the women's national soccer team. (AP)



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