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Football News > Nike File Lawsuit Against Mesut Özil


A Dutch court has ruled that Mesut Özil is no longer allowed to wear adidas branded boots. Nike filed a lawsuit against the Real Madrid midfielder in Amsterdam on the basis of a 'matching right' clause in Özil's Nike endorsement contract that expired in July of this year.

The German international has made a number of competitive appearances wearing adidas football boots this season. Despite no longer being endorsed by Nike, the American sports giants have the right to equal any official offer made by potential rival sponsors before Özil can legally switch boot brands.


According to Özil and his representatives, no contract has been agreed with adidas. However the court has questioned Özil's motives to start wearing adidas boots, finding it unlikely that Özil would switch boot brands without a deal already being in place – athletes rarely leave a sponsor without having another lined up.

Any deal from another sponsorship brand has not been presented to Nike, meaning Özil is not fulfilling his contractual obligations. The court has ruled in favour of Nike and decided that Özil must outline any offer presented to him, therefore allowing Nike to come back with a new offer in return. Failure to do so will result in a €150,000 fine a day.

While this 'matching right' process is taking place Özil can no longer wear the three stripes on his feet. The court has hit him with a 180 day ban on wearing adidas branded boots, meaning Özil can either wear unbranded boots – such as the all white f50 adizero – or return to wearing Nike, as he did against Celta Vigo this past weekend.


It's a rather messy situation. The likely situation is that adidas, Özil and co. were hoping to ride out the 180 day period without making an 'official' offer. Therefore not allowing Nike to table a counter bid for the player.

Özil's future will depend on how much Nike wish to hold on to the Real Madrid superstar. There are suggestions adidas are willing to make him their record signing with a €20m deal. Should Nike match this, the decision will be in the hands of Özil.  

Which brand do you think Özil will end up with? Let us know. Join the conversation online, on Twitter and on Facebook.   

Only published comments... Oct 23 2012, 09:38 AM by Soccer_Boots
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chavy said:

Love the article! something different and interesting, good work SB!

October 23, 2012 11:40 AM

Timber said:

Great way of trying to convience him to come back to nike lol

October 23, 2012 12:12 PM

andresi said:

excellent article keep making more!!

October 23, 2012 12:22 PM

dalong1 said:

big  fine

October 23, 2012 12:28 PM

SB7WL said:

love the artticle

October 23, 2012 12:36 PM

joe87 said:

Ozil, Legend of Germany

October 23, 2012 1:38 PM

dalong1 said:

ozil, legend of turkey haha.

October 23, 2012 1:44 PM

MarkoPoloGunner said:

How are the white out F50's "unbranded"? There's a very visible blue Adidas logo on the back.

October 23, 2012 2:35 PM

goonerman1990 said:

so its a win-win for Ozil...he either gets a massive deal with adidas or an even bigger deal with Nike if they want to keep him. Would like to see him stay with Nike but don't think there's any chance now.

October 23, 2012 3:28 PM

MarkoPoloGunner said:

It didn't look like he was going to stay with Nike either way, goonerman1990. I hope he wears the Adizeros and not the Predators...

October 23, 2012 4:12 PM

cronaldo9kaka8 said:

i love him in the vapors, but if switches after all, i guess it'd be better if he wears the adizero's. the pred's are complete crap. but it's weird, he was wearing preds in games for madrid, and for germany, he wears the adizeros. all i know, is at the end of this, ozil will get a whole lot of money from the contract he signs. haha

October 23, 2012 4:47 PM

CMT said:

That's not right. Hes not on contract with Nike no more so let him where what he wants.

October 23, 2012 5:43 PM

CarrigalinFc said:

Nike filed a blody lawsuit against him and they actually expect him to stay with the brand thats a realy stupid move from nike in my opinion they should of dealt with the issue internaly if anything this will make him want to move to adidas  

October 23, 2012 5:57 PM

Paulsteez34 said:

i guess this pretty much ends his chances of signing with nike again

October 23, 2012 6:17 PM

hiroflo4 said:

wow, what a great move nike made. ozil's days with nike is probably pretty much over. who would want to work with a company that files a lawsuit against them?

October 23, 2012 6:46 PM

MaestriMan10 said:

wow they can be that strict about boots!?!?!?!? oh yah i guess it does involve contracts doesnt it.

October 23, 2012 7:56 PM

conversewalnut said:

i would love to see ozil with adidas it would be a decent change

October 23, 2012 9:15 PM

Soccer_Maestro said:

this probably explains why we see a some of players with boots with the logo covered up with a marker or blacked out boots

October 23, 2012 9:15 PM

Getsuga04 said:

woah... bad nike. :)

October 24, 2012 1:19 AM

UkrDevil said:

Just to mess with everyone, in the end of the term i would put on EvoSpeed... And then see what Adidas and Nike do.

October 24, 2012 1:54 AM

Hrvat22 said:

   Just let the guy wear what cleats he wants my GOD

October 24, 2012 2:09 AM

diegobarca10 said:

 it would be funny if he moves to joma or diadora

October 24, 2012 2:52 AM

YBJ_92112 said:

I bet his agent had it all planned. For Ozil it's a win-win situation.  Similar to how Rooney threatened to 'leave' United but we all knew it was never going to happen. It's all about the MONAAAY lol.

October 24, 2012 4:32 AM

Ned Ved said:

Nike drops Lance Armstrong (whereas they continue to endorse Tiger Woods and Kobe Bryant even after their respective scandal): the difference being Lance Armstrong is no longer active and therefore not lucrative to Nike

Now they are suing Özil over a pair of boots.

C'mon Nike, how greedy could you be?  How much profit do you make for each pair of overpriced Vapors you sell?  How much of that goes to workers who made the boots?

I love your Tiempos, but I feel like ripping the swoosh off my pair.

October 24, 2012 4:39 AM

barc4b0y said:

its pitty how soccer players are no longer free

October 24, 2012 8:14 AM

vbloquel said:

i hope he wear the F50 or the predator LZ  beacuz they are better then the Mercurial  but i think that the F50 would be the best choice for him

October 24, 2012 11:39 AM

sifleet14 said:

If Adidas are bringing out a new control boot and moving the predator back to a power boot he could be the main face of the control boot!

October 24, 2012 4:01 PM

barc4b0y said:

NOT TRUE or Ozil Dont care! right now Ozil swith on second half of Champions League match from Mercurial to Predator LZ!!

October 24, 2012 9:18 PM

ISPY_7 said:

Yesterday Özil wore first half vapors and second LZ's!

October 25, 2012 12:02 PM

Dom77 said:

nice article SB. INTERESTING! Ozil in vapors look best.

October 25, 2012 6:43 PM

jkeefe35 said:

actually a very interesting article.. good job SB!

October 26, 2012 4:01 AM

prof3z said:

Wtf? Feeling sorry for Ozil.. Nike's just being like an overly attached girlfriend.hehe. #JustSaying

October 26, 2012 10:01 AM

prof3z said:

Nice article btw

October 26, 2012 10:07 AM

va10_fcb said:

I think its a tactic ozil is using...taking a chance of loosing his sponsorship for an even bigger...the man is smart

October 27, 2012 2:53 AM

AlexJuve said:

Saw him wearing Predator LZ 2 when the Madrid clubs clashed in the cup final where Athletico won

It was always gonna be the preds anyone who thought he would wear Adizero was a bit foolish in my opinion

And if you ask me the Adizeros will never look better than the Predators (no matter how crap the preds get in the future)

Looks like Ozil is set to wear the three stripes from now on ... I wonder just how much money he gets ...

May 25, 2013 4:32 PM
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