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2006 FIFA World Cup™ Sponsorship Most Successful Ever For adidas

June 28, 2006

Berlin, June 28, 2006 – “Even before the games end, adidas is already a clear World Cup winner,” adidas AG CEO and Chairman Herbert Hainer told journalists at the adidas World Cup Day in Berlin. “We exceeded all of our football and business goals for the World Cup.”

With these words, Herbert Hainer summed up adidas’ role as Official Sponsor, Supplier and Licensee of the 2006 FIFA World Cup™. By achieving record football sales, adidas succeeded in further expanding its global football market leadership position.

For adidas, the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ has proven to be a great commercial success with record football sales of over 1.2 billion euros, up more than 30% from 2005. A record 3 million replica jerseys were sold, which included 1.5 million jerseys of the German national team. In comparison, adidas sold 1.5 million federation jerseys and 250,000 German jerseys at the last World Cup in 2002.

"One trend confirmed at this year’s World Cup is that the fans are going to the games in the jersey of their team," added Herbert Hainer. "Our products are scoring with consumers, and this success is translating into market share gains."

In the first quarter of 2006, adidas led the European market with a share of 37%, the US market with a 46% share and the German market with 51%, according to independent market research.

In addition, over 1 million pairs of +Predator® Absolute football boots and 750,000 +F50 TUNIT football boots were sold. Over 15 million +Teamgeist™ footballs, in the design of the Match Ball of the 2006 FIFA World Cup™, have been sold worldwide, a record that more than doubles the previous record of 6 million for the adidas Fevernova™, the Match Ball of the 2002 FIFA World Cup™.

adidas enjoys highly successful partnerships with some of the strongest federations, clubs and players around the world. National federations such as Germany, Argentina, France, Spain, Denmark, reigning European Champion Greece, Japan, South Africa and prominent clubs such as FC Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, AC Milan and as of the 2006/2007 season Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC endorse adidas products. Additionally, individual players like Michael Ballack, David Beckham, Raúl, Juan Román Riquelme, Steven Gerrard and Zinédine Zidane represent their respective clubs wearing state-of-the-art adidas football equipment.

The adidas Group is one of the global leaders in the sporting goods industry offering a wide range of products around the three core segments adidas, Reebok and TaylorMade-adidas Golf. Headquartered in Herzogenaurach, Germany, the Group has approximately 25,000 employees worldwide and generates sales of about € 9.5 billion (2005).