Nike Shoe Deal Forcing Soccer Star To Be Traded?

Just how much sway does Nike hold over the collective global sports zeitgeist? If we’re to believe a rumor that’s popping up about a summer transfer of Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery to FC Barcelona, the answer is: Everything.

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(Coming soon to Barcelona, courtesy Nike.)

Last week, Ribery renewed his exclusive boot (read: shoe) and clothing deal with Nike, pushing his existing contract with the company through 2014. That means that, for the next five years, Ribery is beholden to Nike for a significant amount of his personal revenue, with some of the undisclosed bonus clauses likely reliant on how much personal paraphanalia he can sell.

According to THE SOCCER BLOG, the clauses in that Nike deal would be a lot easier to fulfill if his gear assimilated with the kits (read: uniforms), jackets, etc. sold by his club. Naturally, that’s only possible if he were playing for a team sponsored by Nike — say, Barcelona — rather than a team sponsored by Nike’s biggest rival, Adidas (like, say, Bayern Munchen).

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German Soccer WAG Wows ‘Em In Playboy Shoot

As Cameron mentioned in this morning’s Speed Read, Giulia Siegel has generously graced the pages of this month’s German edition of PLAYBOY. As our mates over at THE SPOILER inform us, Giulia spends her time as a TV host, music DJ and celebrity reality show contestant.

Giulia Siegel

(Wunderbar!)

So how does Frau Siegel fit in with the sports world? Back in 2007, she allegedly had an affair with Oliver Kahn, long-time Bayern Munich & German national team goalkeeper. This would have been scandalous enough, but Ollie was already shacking up with a 21-year-old barmaid - and this after leaving his wife who was eight months pregnant.

But enough sordid stories. Time for some sordid pictures! (After the jump)

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Soccer Team Unveils New Jerseys, Hilarity Ensues

The main reason any team decides to introduce a new line of jerseys is usually financial-related: They want fans to purchase yet another version of the team’s apparel to show their spirit. As such, the unveiling of a new line is a big deal for the promotions department. And sometimes, well, they take things a bit too far.

Epic fail, soccer style

The Bayern Munich soccer team, for example, staged one of the most elaborate and unintentionally hilarious productions of all time.

The video, guaranteed to be the most amazing series of images you’ll view in the next 10 minutes, is after the jump. Keep in mind, somebody thought this was a good idea.

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