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uhlsport GmbH

legal form Company with limited liability
founding 1948
Seat Balingen , GermanyGermanyGermany 
management Dominik Solleder
Melanie Steinhilber
Number of employees 264 (2019)
sales 76.65 million euros (December 31, 2018)
Branch Sporting goods
Website https://uhlsport.group

The Uhlsport GmbH (proper spelling uhlsport GmbH ) is an international German sporting goods manufacturer based in Baden-Württemberg Balingen . Founded in 1948, the company specializes in products for team sports.

Companies and brands

Headquarters of uhlsport GmbH in Balingen

Uhlsport was founded in 1948 as Haase & Uhl OHG . At that time the focus was on the production of leather studs. In 1953, the company also began producing football soles for sports shoe manufacturers. In the course of the company's development, the product range was expanded to include items such as shin guards, sports bandages, footballs and goalkeeper gloves . The company, which has been operating as uhlsport GmbH since 1994 (previously Karl Uhl GmbH ), has been pursuing a multi-brand strategy for football , handball and basketball since 2002 .

Under the brand of the same name , uhlsport focuses on football, especially goalkeeping equipment. Handball equipment has been marketed via the in-house brand Kempa since 2002 , and uhlsport also holds the European distribution rights for the American basketball brand Spalding .

The company has an indirect sales structure with subsidiaries in France , Spain and Sweden and country representatives in the United Kingdom , the Benelux countries and Switzerland . In addition, Uhlsport has over 80 sales partners worldwide. In 1998 the family business was sold by the Uhl family to the Daiss family.


Football team clothing from uhlsport
Uhlsport football

Sponsor Partner of the football brand Uhlsport are among other Fortuna Dusseldorf , the 1. FC Köln , and 1. FC Magdeburg . The company is the official supplier and ball sponsor of Ligue 1 . and Ligue 2 . in France and the Northern Irish NIFL Premiership . Uhlsport also counts goalkeepers such as Alphonse Areola , Odisseas Vlachodimos , Oliver Baumann , Ron-Robert Zieler , Hannes Þór Halldórsson and Lukas Hradecky among his brand ambassadors.

Kempa handball

With the handball brand Kempa , the company was the supplier of the German national handball team from 2002 to 2007 and from 2013 to 2020 . Kempa is also outfitter for the national teams from Brazil , Bulgaria , England , Estonia , Iceland , Qatar , Russia and Tunisia (as of 2020), is a sponsoring partner of club teams and has players under contract as advertising partners.

Spalding basketball

The basketball brand Spalding is the official supplier of several national basketball teams, sponsoring partner of club teams and associations:

As the official supplier of the top European teams from Italy , Belgium and the Netherlands , Spalding also provides the official match ball for the national league associations in Spain , Germany and France with the TF1000 . For the German premier league teams, Spalding is the official supplier of Ratiopharm Ulm , Telekom Baskets Bonn and Basketball Löwen Braunschweig .

Web links

Commons : Uhlsport  - collection of images, videos and audio files


  • Ralf Schmeckenbecher: The Uhlsport football brand: Brand positioning in Germany. 1998

Individual evidence

  1. Consolidated financial statements for the 2017 financial year of Uhlsport GmbH. In: Bundesanzeiger , January 25, 2019, accessed on March 29, 2019.
  2. Consolidated financial statements for the 2018 financial year of Uhlsport GmbH. In: Bundesanzeiger , November 8, 2019, accessed on April 14, 2020.
  3. ^ Maarten Arts: The Soccer Goalkeeper Coach. Blue River Press 2004, ISBN 978-1-59164-079-0 , p. 213 ( books.google.de ).
  4. Fortuna Düsseldorf: Fortuna and Uhlsport enter into a long-term partnership. January 12, 2017. Retrieved January 13, 2017 .
  5. 1. FC Köln: Contract until 2022 - UHLSPORT BECOMES FC SUPPLIER. August 22, 2017. Retrieved August 8, 2018 .
  6. SAZsport: Uhlsport equips 1. FC Magdeburg for another five years. April 18, 2018, accessed August 8, 2018 .
  7. lfp.fr: Nouveau ballon officiel de la Ligue 1 Conforama. December 14, 2019, accessed January 15, 2020 .
  8. lfp.fr: Ballon Officiel Domino's Ligue July 2 , 2019, accessed on January 15, 2020 .
  9. NIFL.com: uhlsport to be official ball provider. May 11, 2016, accessed August 8, 2018 .
  10. uhlsport blog: uhlsport sponsorship goalkeeper. June 6, 2019, accessed January 15, 2020 .
  11. Kempa becomes the new supplier of the DHB , rp-online.de February 25, 2013; accessed July 26, 2020.
  12. Farewell to Kempa: German Handball Federation announces change of supplier , handball-world.news, January 7, 2020; accessed July 26, 2020.
  13. Kempa website: sponsoring national teams ; accessed July 26, 2020.
  14. ^ Ratiopharm Ulm: Spalding becomes the new supplier of Ratiopharm Ulm. June 28, 2018, accessed August 8, 2018 .