Hummel International

Hummel International Sport & Leisure A/S,[1] commonly known as Hummel (stylized hummel), is a Danish manufacturing company of sportswear brand based in Aarhus owned by Thornico.[2] The company was founded in 1923 by Albert Messmer and his brother Michael Ludwig Messmer, with the name "Messmer & Co" in Hamburg, Germany; that same year, the Messmer brothers introduced the first football boots to the world.[3]

Hummel International
Sport & Leisure A/S[1]
IndustrySports equipment
Founded1923; 98 years ago (1923) in Hamburg, Germany
FounderAlbrech & Ludwig Messmer
Area served
ProductsSportswear, footwear
ParentThornico Group[1]

Hummel became Danish after being taken over by Bernhard Weckenbrock in 1956, who moved its base to Kevelaer, North Rhine-Westphalia. Since 1999, Hummel has been a part of the Danish Thornico Group founded by Christian and Thor Stadil.[1]

Being one of the oldest sportswear brands in the business with roots in football & handball, Hummel has previously been worn by football teams such as Real Madrid, Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa, Benfica and the Denmark national team. Today, Hummel continues to sponsor clubs and players within handball and football.

The company currently manufactures apparel for football, rugby league, futsal, handball, basketball, shinty, volleyball and esport teams. Moreover, the company also offers apparel and footwear for children alongside its fashion sub-brand, Hummel HIVE.[citation needed]