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January 21, 2013

Top athletes join #BEMERCURIAL event in Munich

Franck Ribéry celebrates the launch of the Nike Mercurial Vapor IX alongside young German talent.

Top football athletes Franck Ribéry, Mario Mandžukić, Xherdan Shaqiri, and Luiz Gustavo today joined a Nike Football event in Munich, Germany, which saw 26 young footballers test their speed in a special #BEMERCURIAL competition.  In a game where explosive speed makes the difference, these youngsters battled it out to prove how fast they are on the pitch in the new Mercurial Vapor IX.  

Off the pitch, the young footballers then joined the Nike athletes at sporting goods store Sport Münzinger, and were given the low-down on the Mercurial Vapor IX’s innovation and design.

The four fastest players from the Munich event will head to Paris at the end of the month and go head to head with #BEMERCURIAL finalists from across Europe.

Franck Ribéry said” “It was an exciting day and the guys were fast. Explosive speed is a key skill to being the best on the pitch and I wish the four finalists good luck in Paris.”

The Mercurial Vapor IX is engineered with a completely new upper to deliver a level of support and touch for players to deliver a deadly combination of speed and skill when it matters most. Nike’s new Speed Control texture on the upper gives players the confidence to perform at speed with enhanced friction that combines with a snug and responsive fit -- a hallmark of Mercurial boots. The Speed Control texture wraps around the foot, giving the boot friction when necessary without compromising on the soft touch the player requires. The upper also locks down the foot and prevents unnecessary movement within the boot, while a minimal and soft heel area maximizes comfort and therefore the performance of those wearing them.

Featured in striking fireberry and sunset colorways, the boot makes a bold statement on pitch. Both colorways are available to pre-order now and will be on sale from January 31 at and retailers worldwide.