The 2010 World Cup is fast approaching with South Africa being less than a year away from kick off now and the quest from the major sports brand to produce the best selling football shirts at the tournament has already begun. More and more football kit brands are coming on the scene but there are still 3 names that dominate over most other – Adidas, Nike and Puma.

At the 2006 World Cup in Germany Puma were the best represented company with 11 countries wearing their jerseys in comparison Nike’s 8 and Adidas’s 6. Obviously it is very much dependent on which international teams qualify as to who will be best represented but this is a surprising result with Adidas and Nike regarded as being the top football kit suppliers.

Since the 2006 WC finals, there have been a number of ‘transfers in the football kit world. The Russian national team football shirts are now manufactured by Adidas, having stolen them from Nike. Similarly, the Mexican jerseys – traditionally one of Nike’s strongest selling strips – has been snapped up by Adidas. The German sports brand have also stolen a mach on Puma by acquiring the sponsorship of the Paraguayan national team.

A major advantage that Puma have over their rivals is their strong relationship with the African countries. At the 2006 WC Puma manufactured shirts for 4 out of the 5 African countries that qualified, Tunisia, Ghana, Ivory Coast and Togo, and look set to continue their strong relationship with Africa, having secure แทงบอลออนไลน์d kit sponsorship of the African Nations Cup winners Egypt as well as Cameroon and Senegal, both of whom have made a major impact at WC Finals in the last 10 years.

The final kit manufacturers for the 2010 WC have yet to be decided by a lot of countries as they will be bringing out a new football shirt for the tournament so a combination of that and the uncertainty over exactly who will qualify means we can’t predict the dominant brand for next year quite yet.

The top team that Puma produce their shirts for is Italy and they will be hoping that they can reproduce the success they achieved in 2006 with another World Cup win. The win in 2006 was Italy’s 4th time of winning the tournament.

Although Puma dominated the number of teams at the last World Cup, Adidas were the only one of the top brands to have a presence at every game as they were official sponsors of the tournament and provided the World Cup ball.