The history of the Adidas Predator football boot

The Adidas Predator boot is unmistakable; a beacon of innovativeness in football technology. It was in 1994, former Liverpool player Craig Johnston designed a prototype of a football boot that would revolutionise the industry. The Australian born Johnston dedicated his own time and money in to his idea. It was when he was back in his native Australia coaching kids, that he told them they had to grip and bite the ball when striking it. They told him that it was too slippery and that boots are made of leather not rubber and as it was raining, they couldn’t grip the ball. It was then, that the light bulb above Johnston’s’ head flickered. He went home and ripped the rubber off a table tennis bat and glued it to his own boots. He went outside to kick a ball; the rubber engaged with the polyurethane of the ball. Eventually, Adidas accepted the idea and the rest, as they say, is history.


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Written By: Ashley McCoy

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