uhlsport History

1948 Founded


In 1948, the uhlsport history began in the small town Balingen in the Southwest of Germany, when the uhlsport founder Karl Uhl cobbled his first leather studs.




The World Soccer Association lifts the prohibition of German soccer teams. This decision pushes also the uhlsport GmbH in 1949.


Acceptance of the German Soccer Association.


uhlsport begins additional production of football soles for sports shoe manufacturers and becomes one of the leading suppliers of sports shoe components.


From 1968, more and more goalkeepers were wearing special goalkeeper`s gloves.


1970 High Technology in Goalkeeper Gloves


From 1970, the success of goalkeeper`s gloves is clear. Today a goalkeeper without gloves is unimaginable. Hereupon uhlsport increases its product range. In addition to sports shoe components, shinguards, sport bandages, footballs and goalkeeper`s gloves play a growing role at uhlsport. Ski security straps are also available.


In 1972, the UEFA Cup was played for the first time.


uhlsport now concentrates on football and achieves the position of market leader, specializing in goalkeeper`s equipment, thereunder goalkeeper`s outfits and gloves.


Dino“Nazionale“Zoff becomes World Champion with Italy.


Uli Stein with HSV, become European Cup winner against Juventus Turin in Athens.

1987 Best Goalkeeper of the World Awards Presented by uhlsport


In 1987, we award first time the uhlsport trophy ”Best goalkeeper in the World”. It goes to Jean-Marie Pfaff, FC Bayern München.

For the successful introduction of the TRI-CONCEPT technology in footballs uhlsport holds a patent.


1989 Inter Milan won the Italian League with uhlsport Kits


We achieve an international breakthrough by contracting Inter Milan, at that time with Lothar Matthäus, Andreas Brehme and Jürgen Klinsmann.

Walter Zenga is named best goalkeeper in the world.

Inter Milan, completely equipped with uhlsport products, becomes Italian champion.

In 1989 APG gloves and ACT football inner tubes (bladders) were patented and successfully launched on the market.


Bodo Illgner becomes World Champion with Germany.



From 1991-1994 1.FC Kaiserslautern (German Champion 1991) played completely equipped with uhlsport products.



1993-1997: SC Freiburg played in complete uhlsport outfits, from 1995 on also wearing uhlsport soccer boots.


In 1993/1994 uhlsport begins the additional manufatcure of football shoes.



1995-1998: Hamburg SV plays completely in uhlsport outfits, likewise AC Florence ( at that time with Stefan Effenberg).

With the introduction of our football boots we achieve the status of a complete soccer equipment supplier.


1998 Duisburg, Blackburn, Vitesse Arnhem


MSV Duisburg, Blackburn Rovers and Vitesse Arnheim play completely in uhlsport products.

The sales of the uhlsport GmbH from the family Uhl to the family Daiss causes a repositioning of the brand. As “football specialist” we make an effort meeting the requirements of football.


2003 Pavel Nedved, Francesco Toldo


uhlsport’s Pavel Nedved inspired Juventus to the Italian Championship.

uhlsport’s Francesco Toldo helped Inter to 2nd place and Champions League qualification.

Start of the uhlsport Challenge, a professional training tour for children aged 9 or over with head trainers Karl-Heinz Riedle and Maarten Arts.


2004 Uruguay National Football Team


In 2004 we win Robert Enke (+) over us.


2005 Duisburg, Pavel Nedved, Carlo Cudicini, Gregory Coupet, Auxerre, Cska Sofia, Jamaica National Football Team


In 2005 uhlsport celebrates a successful year. MSV Duisburg, Pavel Nedved, Carlo Cudicini, Gregory Coupet, AJ Auxerre, CSKA Sofia and the national team of Jamaica make a contribution amongst others.


2006 SALA Futsal Started, RCD Espanyol, Mehdi Mahdavikia, Ali Karimi, Hasan Roudbarian, Mohammad Nosrati


Since 2006 SALA describes our product line for Futsall. uhlsport has dedicated its sub-brand SALA to this particular version of indoor football.

Since 2006 Espanyol Barcelona plays completely equipped with uhlsport products.

2008 AKKURAT Goalkeeper Gloves, KIKKSOKKE Football Soes


Introduction of the AKKURAT glove, a revolutionary close-fitting glove with half-negative seams.

uhlsport received a patent for the very successful KIKKSOKKE technology in football boots.



2010 uhlsport Campaign Childre’s villages South Africa, Pepe Reina Champion with Spain in 2010 FIFA World Cup, “uhlsport FUSSBALL” and “uhlsport of Germany” has Started. Hans-Jörg Butt Champion with Bayern Munich in Bundesliga.


For the first time all uhlsport partners participating the Football Event in South Africa play with an identical model of goalkeeper gloves to draw attention to our social campaign “SOS Children´s Villages South Africa”.

Pepe Reina became a winner in South Arfrica with the Spanish national team.

Relaunch of the uhlsport brand with the new concepts “uhlsport FUSSBALL” and “uhlsport of Germany”.

10 years of FANGMASCHINE – we’re celebrating the anniversary of our classic goalkeeper’s glove with a “typically German” Black Forest gateau.

A successful year for Hans-Jörg Butt: He won the Bundesliga title and the German Cup with Bayern Munich.


2011 Kaiserslautern, Union Berlin, Munich 1860


1. FC Kaiserslautern, 1. FC Union Berlin and TSV 1860 München play completely in uhlsport products.


For the second time all goalkeepers wearing uhlsport apparel in the European Championships are wearing the same model of goalkeeper gloves to increase awareness of the activities of the Robert-Enke-Foundation.

Pepe Reina became European champion with the Spanish national team.


We love grass.


Ron-Robert Zieler wins the World Cup in Brazil with the German national team




2016-17 Kaiserslautern, Boluspor, …
2017-18 Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 Official Match Ball, Galway United F.C.,



EURO 2016 Several Goalkeepers such as Hugo Lloris Play with uhlsport Gloves


Most of the no.1 goalkeepers at the UEFA European Chamiponship wear the uhlsport goalkeeping gloves. Hugo Lloris and the équipe tricolore were only beaten by Portugal with Anthony Lopes. Additionally the teams from Iceland with Hannes Thór Halldórsson and Northern Ireland with Michael McGovern performed very well.



2017-18 Ligue 1 Official Match Ball, Tunisia Qualified to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, “TENSION” uhlsport New generation of Gloves.



Fortuna Dusseldorf promoted to Bundesliga 2018-19.

Warrenpoint Town F.C. sign a kit deal with uhlsport

Stuttgarter Kickers Continues with uhlsport



uhlsport Goalkeeper with AERORED Gloves at the 2018 FIFA World Cup


uhlsport Goakeepers in the 2018 World Cup:

Hugo Lloris

Danijel Subasic

Hannes Halldórsson

Steve Mandanda

Alphonse Areola

Anthony Lopes



France National Football Team Winner of the World Cup Goalkeepers:

Hugo Lloris

Steve Mandanda

Alphonse Areola



New 2018-2019 Northern Ireland Football League Match Ball



Other Teams Supported by uhlsport:

Ballymena United FC

Galway United FC

Cabinteely FC

Chip Town FC

Chippenham Town FC

Deportivo Tachira

Dungannon Swifts FC

Draperstown Celtic

Botev Plovdiv

Lokomotiv Plovdiv




All uhlsport Brands:
“uhlsport” for Football
“Kempa” for Handball
“SPALDING” for Basketball