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Adidas to pay up to renew Germany football sponsorship - Sport Bild

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Adidas ADSGn.DE will pay between 65 million and 70 million euros (51.35 million - 55.30 million pounds) a year to extend its sponsorship deal with the German football association (DFB), Sport Bild reported on Friday.

The official Adidas jersey of the German national soccer team (R) is pictured before the company annual general meeting in the northern Bavarian town of Fuerth near Nuremberg, Germany, May 12, 2016. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle

The German sportswear company, which declined to comment on the report, currently pays around 25 million euros a year to supply the world champions but faced competition from U.S. rival Nike NKE.N for the contract.

Under the new agreement, Adidas will continue to provide the outfit for national teams for four years from 2019, the newspaper said on Friday, citing sources within DFB.

DFB officials were not immediately available for comment.

A battle between Adidas and Nike for dominance of the global football gear market has driven a steep rise in sponsorship payments to elite clubs.

Adidas said on Thursday it expects sales of football boots, shirts and balls to rise 14 percent to a new record of 2.5 billion euros in 2016, showing a return for spending more on partnerships with top teams and players.

It expects to sell 1.3 million Germany jerseys this year. That is down from the 3 million shirts it shifted in 2014, when Germany won the World Cup.

Adidas has long been the world’s top football brand, but it was overtaken by Nike in the market for boots in 2014, prompting Adidas to lift its marketing spending.

Adidas is kitting out nine of the 24 teams playing at Euro 2016, including reigning champions Spain and Germany. Nike has six teams, including host France and England, while smaller German brand Puma PUMG.DE has five, including Italy.

($1 = 0.8891 euros)

Reporting by Joern Poltz,; Writing by Harro ten Wolde; Editing by Alexander Smith and Keith Weir

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