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Nike vs. Adidas for Soccer Supremacy

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Photo Courtesy of Abdulaziz Almansour

Photo Courtesy of Abdulaziz Almansour

Nike is looking to unseat Adidas as the accepted leader in soccer (football for most of the world) gear.

They’re focusing a lot of their efforts on the internet, with a site called NikeSoccer.com and a campaign featuring Brazilian player Joga Bonito.

Adidas controls most of the World Cup-affiliated advertising on TV, in print and on radio. So Nike is using the web to make their mark with a younger, newer audience.

I don’t know if it’ll work, but the merits are clear: Nike is acting ‘small’, eschewing media channels that Adidas has wrapped up, and is going right around them online.

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Ian Lurie is CEO and founder of Portent and the EVP of Marketing Services at Clearlink. He's been a digital marketer since the days of AOL and Compuserve (25 years, if you're counting). He's recorded training for Lynda.com, writes regularly for the Portent Blog and has been published on AllThingsD, Smashing Magazine, and TechCrunch. Ian speaks at conferences around the world, including SearchLove, MozCon, Seattle Interactive Conference and ad:Tech. He has published several books about business and marketing: One Trick Ponies Get Shot, available on Kindle, The Web Marketing All-In-One Desk Reference for Dummies, and Conversation Marketing. Follow him on Twitter at portentint, and on LinkedIn at LinkedIn.com/in/ianlurie.

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  1. I like Adidas MUCH better then Nike. In terms of design, their football kits are much more inspiring and superior.

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