In my opinion the greatest football boot ever made. They defined a generation of schoolboys in the early nineties, only succumbing to the Predator boot. They are most definitely back in, but now for those same players playing veteran football, bringing back memories of perfectly executed Cruyff turns and Maradonna flicks. Watching veteran league football, I barely see any of the new Adidas Purechaos or Nike Mercurial. No, this match is men with beards and black boots, hipsters who wear shirts and braces post match, drink home brew from mason jars and nibble dried kale. At least a dozen are wearing Copa Mundials, the rest choosing between the main competitor of the day Puma King and an assortment of original boots delved out of the loft for a kick about.
The Adidas Copa Mundial was legendary among players. There would be rumours of having to sit in a bath with them to mould them around your foot, rubbing them with ice after a match and wearing them around the house for at least a week before playing in them. There were school ground debates on how the tongue should be worn (definitely down with laces tied over them!) and arguments between staunch Puma King aficionados or niche lotto or diadora products. I admit, I had other boots but the kangaroo leather on the Copas was by far the softest and most comfortable product around at the time.
The obvious downfall was the weight of them in wet conditions and their inability to grip in slightly wet weather, ruling out all but 3 weeks of the year. But they were a fashion statement. Players who wore these boots were widely regarded in Sunday league circles as the most skilful players on the pitch.
Although technology has made other boots more adaptable and better performing, wearing a pair of Copas means you are at least stylish whilst playing if nothing else.