We’ve heard that line multiple times before: the Copa Mundial getting updated to make it relevant to the present time, like in the release of the Copa Gloro and the so-called modern Copas (Copa Sense at the moment). But such was the case again when the Copa Icon, to be known as the Copa Mundial.1 (in line with the naming system of adidas for its laced models), popped out in the ongoing 2022 World Cup.
In true Mundial spirit, the Copa Icon remains a leather football boot, designed with the recognisable Three-Stripe logo and the forefoot stitches. It also has the timeless black with white for that familiar colourway.
Hidden in all these similarities is the fact that the Mundial.1 is now cow leather instead of K-leather, a rather bold departure as far as tradition is concerned. Whether functional or not, the leather behind the stripes carries out a perforated look. Another major departure is the outsole, which borrows the Torsionframe of the earlier Nemeziz generations in its entirety.
The Copa Mundial.1 opts for the adidas performance logo on the tongue and heel instead of the old school adidas wordmark, and also converts the ‘COPA MUNDIAL’ branding preceding the midfoot stripes to ‘COPA ICON.’ Furthermore, these details are now applied with gold accents.
As the classic Copa Mundial found its niche among referees, it made sense that the Copa Icon was debuted by one of the officials for the Qatar World Cup-El Salvadorian referee Ivan Cisneros in GER vs JAP.