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Nike Soccer
20 Years of Mercurial History

1998 Mercurial

The First
Created to keep up with the unrelenting speed of a young Ronaldo, the original 1998 Mercurial bucked all trends in the boot world. A thinner plate, lighter overall boot, and a sticky coating sourced from racing motorcycles all combined into a game-changing product that would be the foundation for 20 years of innovation.
20 Years of Mercurial History

2000 Mercurial Vapor Match

Fast Gets Faster
The second generation of Mercurial focused on making the boot even lighter than the original. At just 230 grams, it proved that lightweight boots were here to stay.
20 Years of Mercurial History

2002 Mercurial Vapor

From Road to Pitch
Worn by American stars Mia Hamm and Brandi Chastain, Mercurial’s third iteration was created to sustain a 90-minute sprint and deliver the perfect foot-to-ground feel for fast players. It brought the player closer to the boot's plate, reduced weight, added comfort, and, in true Mercurial tradition, increased speed.
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2004 MERCURIAL VAPOR II

A New Star
The Vapor II continued the pursuit of the perfect foot-to-ground feel, improving on the original with better cushioning. Worn by both R9 and Cristiano Ronaldo, this boot marked one legend passing the torch to another.
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2006 MERCURIAL VAPOR III

Form Fitting
Designed to get closer to the foot without compromising comfort, the Vapor III featured a new microfiber in the upper to adjust to the foot’s shape and retain comfort all match long. A special edition of the boot was worn by R9 as he celebrated his all-time tournament scoring record.
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2008 MERCURIAL SL VAPOR IV

Something Outrageous
With former footwear designer, Mark Parker as the new CEO, the design team was challenged to create a boot with no limitations—the rulebook would have to stay on the shelf. The result was a boot constructed entirely of carbon fiber—the lightest Mercurial yet.
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2008 MERCURIAL VAPOR IV

Bold Moves
With a newly designed internal frame to optimize acceleration and an upper that covered the laces for an uninterrupted shooting surface, the bright red 2008 Vapor was one of the boldest boots the pitch had ever seen.
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2009 MERCURIAL VAPOR SUPERFLY

FIT PERFECTED
The first Vapor Superfly was born from an ambitious goal: make a boot that delivered everything the athlete wanted, but still felt like less. With new lightweight cleats, a carbon outsole, and the first use of Flywire in a Mercurial, that bold vision paid off in the lightest and fastest boot of the time.
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2010 MERCURIAL VAPOR SUPERFLY II

Cat-Like Reflexes

Inspired by a cheetah and honed by Cristiano Ronaldo, the 2010 Vapor Superfly II was an exercise in optimizing speed through traction. A new innovation called Nike SENSE allowed the 

studs to extend and retract by millimeters based on the ground conditions, to achieve a base for maximum speed.

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2011 MERCURIAL VAPOR SUPERFLY III

Firmest Footing
Losing footing means losing speed—and usually the ball too. The 2011 Vapor Superfly III aimed to eliminate small stumbles and slips with an overhaul of the plate design. The result was a firm base that maximized speed during directional changes.
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2012 MERCURIAL VAPOR VIII

Barely There
The best boots are the ones you forget are there. To achieve this barefoot feel, the Vapor VIII was designed with a lowered toe and more sculpted arch, for a natural fit. While players forgot they were wearing the boot, the bold Mango colorway was a blinding reminder for the opposition.
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2013 MERCURIAL VAPOR IX

Ultimate Control
There are 11 opponents on the pitch—you shouldn’t have to battle the elements too. The Vapor IX combined All Conditions Control (ACC) and textured Speed Control technologies in the upper, to provide complete balanced control of the ball in any conditions.
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2014 MERCURIAL SUPERFLY IV

Dynamic Fit
The Superfly IV was a boot of firsts. It introduced Flyknit into the construction and the first Dynamic Fit collar on a Mercurial, kick-starting one of the most significant trends in recent footwear history.
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2016 MERCURIAL SUPERFLY V

Raise the Bar
The Superfly V was designed to help players reach their full speed potential. Building off a long line of Mercurial innovations, the new edition added a lighter plate with an optimized traction pattern to replace the carbon fiber design, and introduced textured “speed ribs” to the upper for improved touch.