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Evidence of the Nike World Cup curse

By | 30th June 2010

As the Round of 16 fades from fans’ memories and the goal tally starts to grow, far fewer people are talking about the World Cup ball, infamously known by its name of Jabulani. Instead, more eyes are being turned to a supposed “Nike curse” that has plagued this World Cup, where players sporting Nike boots and sponsored by the sporting giant are putting out poorer performances.

Indeed, Nike caught the imagination of fans before the World Cup even kicked off with their clever “Write the Future” ad campaign. In it a plethora of Nike football stars showed off their skills in dramatic fashion, and for some – we’re all looking at you, Ronaldinho – it became the closest they’d get to the World Cup in South Africa.

For the rest, this summer has been less than enjoyable. Internet forums have been flooding with people pointing out that the Nike players are in a bad run of form, and at long last we have some evidence that this just might be the case. Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, and company, have no fear: it’s not you – it’s your boots!

Here is the most updated standings of World Cup goals by boot and by brand:


  • adidas F50 Adizero – 33 goals
  • Nike Mercurial Superfly – 14 goals
  • Nike Total 90 – 13 goals
  • adidas Predator X – 12 goals
  • Nike Maestri CTR360 – 11 goals
  • Puma Puma – 8 goals
  • adidas adiPure – 7 goals
  • Nike Other – 7 goals
  • Nike Tiempo – 4 goals
  • adidas Other – 1 goal
  • Other – 11 goals


  • adidas – 53 goals
  • Nike – 49 goals
  • Puma – 8 goals
  • Other – 11 goals

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