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Argentina Win Hands Adidas World Cup Win Before Final

Argentina’s World Cup victory over the Netherlands yesterday puts the South American team one step away from soccer’s ultimate prize. For its uniform supplier, the championship has already been won, whatever the outcome of Sunday’s final in Rio de Janeiro.

Argentina, sponsored by Adidas AG, triumphed on penalty kicks in Sao Paulo to eliminate a Dutch side outfitted by Nike Inc. of the U.S. In the final, it will face fellow Adidas-backed team Germany, which defeated Nike-supported Brazil 7-1 on July 8. The Herzogenaurach, Germany-based company also outfitted the Spanish team that won the last World Cup in 2010.