Adidas Predator: The end of an era

The Adidas Predator enjoyed an incredible 21 years in production before the Three Stripes pulled the plug on everyone’s favourite football boot.

Every football player has their favourite Predator from over the years and the list of iconic moments orchestrated by the likes of David Beckham, Steven Gerrard and Zinedine Zidane goes on and on.

The end came in May 2015, more than two decades since the silo’s launch, and it was understandably a difficult time for many players who grew up with the Predator.

The end of the Predator

The revolutionary design of the Predator kept it ahead of the game for many years but technology and taste eventually moved on.

The Instinct model, so far removed from the original 1994 release, proved to be the Three Stripes’ final iteration of their most celebrated boot and the noble Predator was discarded by Adidas.

“The game of football has changed over the years,” Adidas said in a statement.

“Positions, traits and attributes that mattered before are irrelevant now. There’s a new set of rules.

“Forget everything you thought you knew about football, the future is now and Adidas is leading from the front.”

The replacements

Adidas, in a revolutionary move, scrapped their entire boot line – the F50, 11Pro, Nitrocharge and the seemingly irreplaceable Predator – and introduced two new silos.

The X and Ace burst onto the scene and remain Adidas’ two mainline silos today.

In 2015, the Three Strieps pulled out the biggest names in football to help launch the Predator’s  replacements with this sharp and snappy video.

The new boots were given the biggest possible platform to impress new buyers – the UEFA Champions League final of 2015, which Barcelona won 3-1 against Juventus.

And Adidas even managed to credit a quote to one of the world’s best mangers Pep Guardiola, who was at Bayern Munich at the time, ahead of the launch of the X and Ace.

“It’s chaos or control. You need both. They are part of the game. Part of the field. You need players who have to analyse what you have to do,” he said.

“And there are other ones who have to be a bit free and show his talent as much as possible. When you have a team you mix both types of ideas. You have a big advantage.”

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