Bayern Munich Forced to Apologize After Mario Gotze Sponsorship Blunder

Ian Rodgers@irodgers66World Football Staff WriterJuly 3, 2013

You would be forgiven for thinking that a Borussia Dortmund supporter had advised Mario Gotze on his attire for his introductory press conference with Bundesliga and European champions Bayern Munich.

The Germany international committed a major faux pas as he wore a Nike T-shirt for his unveiling, despite Bayern being sponsored by Adidas, who also have a 9.1 percent stake in the club.

Gotze angered Dortmund supporters when his £32 million move to Bayern was revealed in the wake of the defeat of Malaga in the Champions League quarterfinals, which sent Jurgen Klopp's team into the last four.

The 21-year-old helped Dortmund into the final at the expense of Real Madrid and Jose Mourinho, but he missed the Wembley final through injury.

But as he was unveiled to the German media on Tuesday, Gotze clearly hadn't researched his new employers too much and wore a Nike top.

In September of 2011, Gotze signed a lucrative deal with Nike worth around £1.3 million a year to the player, according to German newspaper Bild (via

As a result of Gotze's error of judgement, Bayern have apologised to Adidas, as ESPN reported, while Adidas expressed their disappointment, according to Bild (via The Guardian).

The mistake might have been a funny moment for the vast majority of supporters, while the publicity generated for both companies from the incident should offset any embarrassment caused by the midfielder's choice of garment.

We are now looking forward to new Bayern coach Pep Guardiola pitching up in front of the media wearing Hi-Tec trainers.