The adidas Copa Mundial and the soft ground variation the adidas World Cup are the best-selling cleats in sports history. The Copa Mundial was launched in 1979 and designed for the 1982 World Cup in Spain but the cleat has a strong backing in the rugby world over the years as well and continues to be spotted on players.
For players that pull on the cleat, it is an instant classic.
The black kangaroo leather upper has the iconic adidas 3-Stripes in white down the sides. The outsole on the Copa Mundial has an 8-4 stud configuration while the World Cup has a 4-2. The cleats have had some minor changes over the years but for the most part this is the same concept as was first imagined by adidas and made in their factory in Scheinfeld, Germany.
Cleat spottings for the Copa Mundial and World Cup pop up almost every week and have been worn by some of the game’s top players.
The spots in 2015 include:
Bordeaux’ Louis-Benoit Madaule going up strong against Oyonnax in the French Top 14.
Nic Stirzaker showing some speed down the flank for the Rebels in the Super Rugby match against Chiefs.
New Zealand All Blacks Sarah Goss has been pulling on the adidas World Cup since last year. The ‘Sistas’ vice captain has helped the side stay at the top of the Sevens women’s rankings.
But with any classic it has its own story dating back over the years.
The USA Eagles Todd Clever took to wearing the World Cup, along with many of his teammates, while playing for the Lions in the Super 14 in 2009.
Will Greenwood won 55 caps for the England national team and helped the side to the 2003 Rugby World Cup. The center was also a part of 3 British and Irish Lions tours. He pulled on the World Cup regularly in early 2000’s.
Worried about speed performance? Don’t be, South Africa’s Bryan Habana did not lose a step in his World Cup cleats outpacing many defenders and diving to touch down when necessary.
Ma’a Nonu won the 2011 Rugby World Cup with the New Zealand All Blacks. He has spent time training in and playing in the Copa Mundial and World Cup. The wing was known to use the Copa Mundial in training on the firmer pitches and switch to the World Cup for matches on the soft ground pitches.
But these are only a handful of the players to wear the iconic cleats. Check out some of the other players to pull on the famous cleats.
Players Who Have Worn the adidas Copa Mundial and/or adidas World Cup
Argentina: Rimas Álvarez Kairelis, Nicolás Vergallo,
Australia: Kurtley Beale, Luke Burgess, Mark Gerrard, Higby Ioane, Michael Lynagh
England: Will Greenwood, Stuart “The Gazelle” Kirk,
France: Philippe Bernat-Salles, Richard Dourthe, Thierry Dusautoir, Yannick Jauzion, Brian Liebenberg, Marc Lièvremont, Émile Ntamack, Morgan Parra, David Skrela, Romain Teulet, Jérôme Thion
Italy: Diego Domínguez
New Zealand: Jimmy Cowan, Rico Gear, Doug Howlett, Leon MacDonald, Andrew Mehrtens, Ma’a Nonu, Sitiveni Sivivatu, Carlos Spencer, Sonny Bill Williams
Scotland: Scott Hastings,
South Africa: Jean de Villiers, Jaque Fourie, Bryan Habana, Derick Hougaard, Ricky Januarie, Francois Pienaar, Ruan Pienaar, JP Pietersen, François Steyn, Joel Stransky, CJ van der Linde, Joe van Niekerk
Russia: Alexander Yanyushkin
United States: Todd Clever, Dan Lyle
Wales: Tavis Knoyle, George North
The adidas Copa Mundial and adidas World Cup are both available at World Rugby Shop. One of the great aspects of this cleat is that it will probably NEVER be discontinued so always have a reliable leather cleat that will help you perform at your best.