Milestones – Adidas Predator Mania 2002

After the Accelerator in 1998 Adidas released Predator Precision in 2000, but they never got the same level as previous model did. So in 2002 Adidas released Predator Mania, which made its debut alongside FIFA World Cup Japan & South Korea. Also everyone remembers Zinedine
Zidane scoring that volley goal in Champions League against Leverkusen. Other big names using Mania was Beckham, Raul, Del Piero etc.  


The boot itself was made in kangaroo leather upper and of course Predator rubber fins to give the ball an extra curve. Adidas made the Mania with far eastern style in mind, which opened new markets in for example Asia. Adidas also added a rubber strap to keep the big red tongue in
place and used a two piece soleplate that reduced the weight. This is a boot that will stay in Adidas history and won’t be forgotten.


Also there was released a big bunch of different colour options!


Thank you for reading!

Back to the year of 2002!

  
So we are going 14 years back in time, the year was 2002. Everyone knows that year was a great year for both Nike and Adidas! 👍🏻

  
Nike released the Nike Mercurial Vapor I and Adidas matched with the famous Adidas Predator Mania. Every boot lover respects these boots, as there was truly some historic moments in these boots. ronaldolima led Brazil to win the World Cup in his chrome/lime Vapor I and Zidane led Real Madrid to champions using his Manias by scoring one of the most beautiful goals in history by shooting a left footed volley into the top corner against Leverkusen in the Champions League Final 2002!

  
My Nike Mercurial Vapor I chrome/lime’s are something like a sample pair, as the left boot has more mirror effect than normal pairs do. They are also signed by brazilian star Ronaldo!

  

Repost: Adidas Predator Accelerator “France98”

  
(Pic: dfb, 24.05.2014 12:00, http://www.dfb.de/news/detail/wm-1998-zinedine-zidane-superstar-58609/)

Wanted to repost one of, in my opinion, best looking boots I have! So this colourway never existed but I had them airbrush painted and I call them “France98”! 
  
The idea behind this was:

1. France won the World Cup in 1998, France was the hosts.

2. France won the title.

3. Zinedine Zidane was one of the big stars to use and advertise the new release of Adidas Predator Accelerator!

I really think Adidas should have made a edition like this! Your thoughts? 😃👍🏻

  

Adidas Predator Mania in Gold

So I started a project with an excellent pair of Adidas Predator Mania Sg, the only problem they had were the white rubber stripes were broken and coming off. So what I did was replaced them with stiched leather stripes, and I were satisfied. Almost…

  
Then I had to take the project to a next level! I had them airbrush painted at a local artist @maalinetti, and I wanted them to match the famous pair of Gold Manias that were made to celebrate Zidane winning the 3rd FIFA player of the World!

  
Once they were painted I replaced the black elastic band with a new one in white and stiched it into place, I had to buy some new white laces to match the boots!

And here they are!

   
    
 

Adidas Predator Accelerator “France98” Edition 

I saw while ago a customation from @designboz and got a further idea in my mind: 

“Adidas Predator Accelerator was released in 1998, the same year France won the FIFA World Cup, the World Cup were also held in France. All this under the leadership of Didier Deschamps and three-time FIFA World Player of the Year Zinedine Zidane. As Zidane became one of the big names to commersial the Predator Accelerator during The World Cup I thought it would been perfect if Adidas had released a Predator Accelerator in the colours of France, Blue/White/Red.”
Please let me know what you think?

  

  

  

  

  

Adidas Predator Absolute Gold/White

Adidas Predator Absolute in whole gold and white colourway. A special pair of these were given to Zinedine Zidane in 2006 World Cup in Germany! I don’t own the Zidane match worn pair, but I came by a similiar pair, not matchworn and no tags in the boot. A stunning colourway!

   
     

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