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Football News > Champions League Boot Spotting - Retro Edition!

Manchester United's trip to Bayern Munich in the Champions League this week evokes memories of the dramatic Final of 1999, so here at the SoccerBible we delved into the archives for a retro-tastic Boot Spotting Special, from the Night of Miracles/Tragedy* in Barcelona...


Both sides featured famous names - Beckham, Cole, Yorke and Giggs for United, Effenberg, Matthaus, Kahn and Linke for Bayern - and EVERY player wore black football boots, not a coloured boot in sight! Check out who wore what for the final - although as head-to-heads go, this one ends up quite one sided.


The reason? All Bayern's players showed great loyalty by all sporting adidas football boots, infact nearly all of them played in adidas World Cup football boots!


David Beckham (Man Utd)
adidas Predator Accelerator

Steffan Effenberg (Bayern)
adidas Predator Accelerator

Beckham's pin-point delivery during the Champions League campaign came from his adidas Predator Accelerator football boots, arguably one of the most desireable of all the Predators.

One of Bayern's all time greatest players, the industrious leader was a power house in the centre of the pitch so the Predator Accelerators would have been a natural choice for the tough tackling German.


Dwight Yorke (Man Utd)
Mizuno Morelia

Lothar Matthaus (Bayern)
adidas World Cup

The always-smiling striker enjoyed an amazing first season at Old Trafford, integral to the Treble victory. Choosing the classic Mizuno Morelia as his football boots, Yorke finished top scorer in the league as well as netting vital goals during the Champions League campaign.

The Champions League eluded Matthaus and was the only major honour the Bayern and German captain failed to win during a prestigious career. With the ever-reliable adidas World Cup boots, Matthaus was renowned for his imperious passing and positional play, making him one of the most feared of all the Bayern players.


Teddy Sheringham (Man Utd)
Nike Air GX II

Carsten Jancker (Bayern)
adidas World Cup

Wearing Nike Air GX II football boots, a superb example of Nike soccer shoes, Sheringham completed an incredible treble, having not won a trophy during his previous 15 years in football!

Jancker was a huge forward and a superb target man for Bayern during the run to the Champions League final. Wearing the adidas World Cup football boots, Jancker was equally adept at playing with his back to goal as he was unleashing a fearsome right-footed shot!


Ole Gunnar Solksjaer (Man Utd)
Nike Mercurial II

Mario Basler (Bayern)
adidas World Cup

Affectionately known as the Super Sub, Solskjaer came off the bench to seal the Champions League. Solskjaer wore the second edition of the Nike Mercurial series as he scored one of the most famous goals in Manchester United's history.

The flying winger for Bayern, Basler scored the opening goal of the Final in the (yes, you've guessed it) adidas World Cup football boots. The superbly executed free-kick looked like it would be enough to capture the trophy, as Bayern weere two minutes away from victory!


Nicky Butt (Man Utd)
Diadora Brasil Italy

Thomas Linke (Bayern)
adidas Predator Accelerator

The dependable midfielder probably wouldn't have started in the Final for Roy Keane or Paul Scholes suspension, but Butt did so wearing the classic Diadora Brasil Italy football boots, an iconic pair of soccer shoes that are synonymous with style and reliability!

Having just transferred to Bayern that season Linke was one of only a handful of the Bayern plays to wear something other than World Cups, sporting the Predator Accelerator football boots for the Final.


Peter Schmiechel (Man Utd)
Reebok Integrity

Oliver Kahn (Bayern)
adidas World Cup

The Great Dane left United after the Final and the imposing keeper lifted the trophy on the night alongside manager Alex Ferguson. Wearing the original classic edition of the Reebok Integrity boots, Schemiechel was famous for last-minute charges into the box and even scored on a few occasions!

The opposite number between the sticks was equally as legendary to the Germans. Kahn was widely regarded as one of the best keepers around, and wearing the classic adidas World Cups (you were perhaps expecting something else?!) made up for the 1999 loss by being the penalty shoot-out hero for Bayern in 2001.


Ryan Giggs (Man Utd)
Reebok Integrity

Jaap Stam (Man Utd)
Puma King Top

Already by this point in his career, Giggs had plenty of titles and trophies to his name. Wearing the Reebok Integrity football boots, the flying winger picked up his first Champions League medal and yet another accolade.

The towering Dutchman was a rock in United's defence during the 1998-99 season, and wearing the legendary Puma King football boots it's not hard to see why!


Stay tuned to the SoccerBible as we return to the Boot Spotting vault tomorrow, with another Champions League classic encounter...


*miracle or tragedy depending on which side you are!



ET3 said:

I love this look back

March 30, 2010 7:37 AM

dossari said:

Beautiful memories

Gigs still acquire Reebok

March 30, 2010 9:24 AM

Ulfinator said:

every german wears adidas :D

March 30, 2010 9:32 AM

Gate9antifa said:

what mercurials is solksjear wearing?

March 30, 2010 10:11 AM



mercurial II

March 30, 2010 11:17 AM

faister said:

solskjaer is wearing a black out adidas world cup, not nike mercurial. he's contract with umbro ended at the end of 1998, and he wore black out boots until he sign a new contract with nike after the treble.

March 30, 2010 11:49 AM

Masterofsoccer said:

Proud to be Norwegian! Lenge leve solskjær !:D

March 30, 2010 12:43 PM

macca14 said:

faister - spot on matey!!

also "his adidas Predator Accelerator football boots, arguably one of the most desireable of all the Predators." fact there immense!!!!!!!

good article though - think you should do more of these! great to see nearly a full compliment of LEATHER!!!

March 30, 2010 12:46 PM

diego10realx said:

people can now see how far boots have come

March 30, 2010 1:02 PM

football not soccer said:


favourite goalkeeper of all time. Winner of the Golden Ball too at the 2002 FIFA World Cup :D

March 30, 2010 1:04 PM

Taylor20 said:

@Ulfinator  Every German player used to wear Adidas! lol But it can be said that the Adidas Wcup is arguably the greatest boot of all time.

March 30, 2010 4:24 PM

Sixstud said:

"sigh" i long for these simpler times when it was how good you were that was important, not the colour of your boots.  Bring back all black boots!

March 30, 2010 6:50 PM

Steven4vapor said:

i hate older boots, and the vapor 2s and down

March 30, 2010 7:43 PM

c.ronaldo9 said:

were gonna make more history 2nite :)

March 30, 2010 8:36 PM

Dempsey_8_23 said:

Bayern played a wonderful game today, most exiting game i have seen in a while

March 30, 2010 10:53 PM

AE7 said:

Sorry for Man U and Rooney for his injury hopefully he will be playing in the next game they play and i hope they win.

March 30, 2010 11:32 PM

its_mmd said:


the cl FINAL ball was NIKE

March 31, 2010 12:11 AM

EDITYA_7 said:

germany = adidas

March 31, 2010 2:53 AM

martincillo_mexico said:

wow !!!!!!

lot of black boots !

i have never hears of that nike gx :O

and oliver khan wore wcups all his career !!!!

March 31, 2010 4:35 AM

Jorge 11 said:

ok so i like the copa mundial i have them

they are comfortable

March 31, 2010 5:18 AM

CR7Vapor77 said:

i dont really like these old boots...

March 31, 2010 8:40 AM

mercurial16 said:

all the shoes are damn ugly

March 31, 2010 11:01 AM

CharlieVaporman2k10 said:

haha da ball wos nike haha   its_mmd  

March 31, 2010 12:49 PM

macca14 said:

good work soccerbible!! i make useful comments highlighting your incompetence - instead of useful feedback, when i was merely helping!! you delete that part of my post!! come on guys?

March 31, 2010 1:03 PM

quato10 said:

soccerbible...... faister is correct they are not nike boots Solksjaer is wearing the are adidas world cups, which are black out, but they also have the 3 famous stripes taken off....i know this as the have the boots in the museum at old trafford along with the pair teddy sheringham wore. i have pictures i took to prove this!

very good article thought....

March 31, 2010 3:45 PM

quato10 said:

also does anybody know why the used a nike ball for this final? never seen it happen before or again?

March 31, 2010 3:49 PM

LADA said:

WOW great look back

i still love the preds very fond of this game and all these boots

March 31, 2010 6:06 PM

I-con7 said:


March 31, 2010 8:55 PM

splsoccer8 said:

terrifac match, great teams, and great football

April 1, 2010 12:06 AM

its_mmd said:

the game was in Nou camp and barca was (and still is) sponcered by Nike, i think that's why the ball was Nike.

in that time CL didn't have a contract with adidas to provide CL footballs also

April 1, 2010 12:12 AM

iiDeucez said:


January 8, 2011 10:04 PM
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