317~319 adidas WM-TOP STAR (70s)

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The historical football boots that our heroes loved, Vol. 45: “The adidas models of the West German national team at the 1974 World Cup”.

Football boots in the 70’s were previously unknown to me, but thanks to a gift from the “teacher” I introduced last time, my interest in them has suddenly been piqued. This time, I would like to write about the Adidas models of the West German national team players of that time, including the Emperor Beckenbauer, who is still famous as a hero of the football world today.

In 1974, I was 9 years old at the time, and 1974 was the year Mr. Nagashima retired, and it was also the year I got into baseball.

It was in the 80’s when I finally came to know about the World Cup, which was held in West Germany, far away from Japan, where these two historical superstars of the football world faced off. By that time, both men were already coaches, and the Emperor (Franz Beckenbauer), who led his country to the World Cup title in 1990 and the runner-up finish in 1986, had established himself not only as a great player but also as a great coach.

On the other hand, the flying Dutchman Johan Cruijff was a legendary player who made the strongest impact at the 1974 tournament, but sadly died in 2016. Of course, he was not only a player but also a coach at his old club.

It is well known that in the ’74 WM tournament, Cruijff was the only player on the team to wear a two-line uniform with PUMA football boots against West Germany, who were all Adidas football boots, including the Emperor.

Thumb efbc92A showdown of heroes. The scene is emblematic of the battle between Puma’s Cruijff and Adidas’ emperor. The West German national team’s training wear was Adidas, but their uniforms don’t have three lines and could be Erima.

My teacher of the vintage football boots was a fan of the West German national team in those days and had a number of valuable Adidas models from the 1974 tournament. One of them was the WM-Topstar shown as follows.

However, part of the white part of the heel was painted black. According to the teacher, several players in the West German national team had done so.
The teacher said he got it in this condition. Maybe it was for Professional players at the time.

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318 adidas WM-TOP STAR
WM-Topstar with one part of the side of the footrest painted black. Studs are metal threaded.

That being said, if I look closely at the picture of the emperor at the time of the ’74 WM tournament, it sure looks like it.

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On the right is the Emperor discussing the cleats with Adi Dassler before the tournament. The model in his hand is not painted, but the model on the bottom right looks like it’s already painted. On the left is the final, and the painted areas appear to be much lighter (see the enlarged view in the figure, respectively).

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On the left is WM-Topstar. There seemed to be other lines than white. The bottom right is World Cup 74, same model and there were two types of leather, kangaroo and calf. The red point was also made of plastic (top right) and there was a red point for normal point (with metal screws).

The teacher had several of the same models properly.

I think that details are different in the same model name, which is a feature not seen in the 80’s.

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The new Red Point type of WM-Topstar.

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319 adidas WM-TOP STAR (with point type of metal screw)

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Football boots worn by West Germany national team goalkeeper Sepp Maier (top) and FW Ulrich Hoeneß (bottom) in 1974 World Cup. Unlike in Japan, some of the important football boots are still in the archives in Germany. A part of the white part of the boots of Hoeneß seems to have been painted.

So why did not only the Emperor, but also other West German players wear them at the ’74 World Cup, painting the sides of their WM-topstars black? Maybe there was a conflict with East Germany.

It seems that the number of players using Adidas football boots was overwhelmingly high in the ’74 World Cup, but only East Germany wore WM-Topstar as it was (?). I think it was (sorry if I’m wrong).

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Vogts and Overath (12). Overath appears to be painting the sides, as is the Emperor. The Emperor and Bransch (right, captain of East Germany) before the East-West German showdown.

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East Germany’s national team for the 1974 World Cup. About half of them are probably WM – topstar.

Is it a matter of design or is it just a stud preference? Was there an agreement for the use of Adidas models in East and West Germany? It’s a riddle.