“All you man ever think of is your bloody balls!” screamed my friend’s girlfriend when she overheard us planning to watch the World Cup together.

“There must be more to life than balls,” she continued.

My friend was quick to cut her off, “Tell me what might that be dear?”

I tried to give my 20 cents worth. “Jane, it is not just a ball that we are obsessed with, it is the whole package. We see the ‘ball’ as you see life in a pair of heels.”

“Ya, that’s right,” added my friend. “There is an exact science in each and every ball that has every graced a grass pitch.”

“Like what?” she rattles back.

“Well, for one, lets take the current World Cup. Every ball that has showed up at each World Cup event is a perfectly crafted work of Art coupled with the latest Scientific technology on the surface of this planet,” I explained.

She started laughing. “You mean the stupid ball is going to change the world and make it a better place?”

He was quick to defend, “My dear, years go into the development of each soccer ball. There is a precise science behind the development of each ball and costs millions of dollars in research.”

“Oh ya? Well they all look the same to me. They are still round and they are still kicked around by pea brained half naked men in shorts all over a field. Doesn’t look like very much has changed,” she was rolling all over the floor in hysterical laughter by now.

We just stood staring at her antics not the least bit amused.

We figured she needed some ‘educating’ in the art of ‘ballsmanship’. So Greg, the walking soccer encyclopedia volunteered.

“Jane, allow me to help you appreciate the ball.”



Adidas JABULANI, the Official Match Ball for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa.

jabulani 2010

The Adidas Jabulani is the official match ball for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The ball was unveiled in Cape Town, South Africa on December 4, 2009. It was developed at Loughborough University, UK.

Jabulani – means ‘to celebrate’ in isiZulu or ‘rejoice’in Zulu.

GOLD FINAL Adidas Jo’bulani Match Ball

The Gold Final Match Ball for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa.

jobulani 2010 finals

Adidas TEAMGEIST, the Official Match Ball for the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany.

teamgeist 2006

Teamgeist in German means ‘Team Spirt’

Adidas Teamgeist looks really impressive. This match ball is designed in white, black and gold, the colors of German national soccer team and the FIFA World Cup trophy.

Adidas FEVERNOVA, the Official Match Ball for the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea Japan.

fevernova 2002

Adidas created this new ball made up of thicker inner layers to increase the accuracy of the ball in flight.

The Adidas Fevernova is the first World Cup Match Ball since 1978 to part from the traditional Tango design introduced in 1978. It was made in Sialkot, Pakistan.

The colorful and revolutionary look and color usage is entirely based on Asian culture. The Fevernova featured a refined syntactic foam layer to give the ball superior performance characteristics and a three-layer, knitted chassis, allowing for a more precise and predictable flight path every time.

During the 2002 World Cup, the Fevernova ball was notoriously criticized for being too light, yet some spectacular goals were scored with it during the tournament. The ball was also blamed for a number of upsets that happened in the knockout stages.

Adidas TRICOLORE, the Official Match Ball for the 1998 FIFA World Cup France.

tricolore 1998

It was the first multi-colored ball to be used in the tournament’s final stage and was also the final World Cup ball to bear the classic Tango design, introduced in the 1978 tournament.

It sported the French red-white-blue tri-color. This was a complete departure from the old traditional black and white pattern.

Being the first official World Cup soccer ball that was in color, the TRICOLORE used underglass print technology with a thin layer of syntactic foam.

The design of blue triads decorated with cockerel motifs was adopted to represent the colors of the flag of France. Tricolore was also the first Adidas World Cup match ball manufactured outside of Europe since the 1970 Adidas Telstar. It was made in Morocco.

Adidas QUESTRA, the Official Match Ball for the 1994 FIFA World Cup USA.

questra 1994

Questra was the name given to a family of soccer balls originally produced by Adidas for major international events in the mid-1990s. The name was derived from an ancient word meaning ‘the quest for the stars.’

The first ball of the family was simply named the Questra and was originally designed to be the official match ball of the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the United States.

In the development process of the Questra, Adidas tried to create a lighter and more responsive ball. By manufacturing the new ball from five different materials and enveloping it in a layer of polystyrene foam, Adidas made the Questra more waterproof and allowed for greater acceleration when kicked.

Consequently, the ball became softer to touch and ball control was improved with higher velocity during play. This showed within a week of the World Cup in 1994, as players quickly adapted to the new ball and were able to score great goals by utilizing the lighter ball.

Adidas ETRVSCO, the Official Match Ball for the 1990 FIFA World Cup Italy.

etrvsco 1990

The Etrusco Unico was a soccer ball made by Adidas in the early 1990s. It was the official match ball of the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy and the Euro 1992 in Sweden.

The name and intricate design took their inspiration from Italy’s ancient history and the fine art of the Etruscans. Three Etruscan lion heads decorate each of the 20 Tango triads.

This was a high-tech ball and was manufactured entirely from synthetic fibers. It was the first ball with an internal layer of black polyurethane foam

Its innermost layer consisted of textiles impregnated with latex, giving it form and resistance to tear. Next came a neoprene layer making the ball water-tight. While on the surface polyurethane layers were used for abrasion resistance and good rebound properties.

Adidas AZTECA, the Official Match Ball for the 1986 FIFA World Cup Mexico.

azteca 1986

The FIFA World Cup Mexico, saw the introduction of the first polyurethane coated ball which was rain-resistant. It was the first fully synthetic FIFA World Cup match ball and had great qualities on hard and wet surfaces.

The elaborately decorated design was inspired by the hosting nation’s native Aztec architecture and murals.

The Azteca was hand-sewn with a synthetic material. The Tango offspring has twenty panels with ‘triad’ graphics that create 12 identical circles. The cover of the Azteca has an outer polyurethane coating, and three layers below the cover ensure that the ball is waterproof and perfectly round with a latex bladder for a consistent ball flight.

Adidas TANGO ESPANA, the Official Match Ball for the 1982 FIFA World Cup Spain.

tango espana 1982

Adidas introduced a new ball which had rubber inlaid over the seams to prevent water from seeping through. It had improved water resistant qualities through its rubberized seams making it the first ball with water-resistant qualities.

However, general wear from kicking meant the rubber began to wear after a short time. It was not very resistant and resulted in the ball having to be changed several times during some games.

This ball was the last genuine leather ball to be used in the world cup.

Adidas TANGO DURLAST, the Official Match Ball for the 1978 FIFA World Cup Argentina.

tango durlast 1978

The ball design represented elegance, dynamism and passion.

It introduced a new design which would be used for the next twenty years: Twenty identical panels with ‘triads’ created the impression of 12 circles. It was the most expensive ball in history, at the time, with a £50 price tag.

Like its predecessors, the Adidas Tango Durlast was made of genuine leather and boasted the shiny waterproofing Durlast coating.

Adidas TELSTAR DURLAST, the Official Match Ball for the 1974 FIFA World Cup West Germany.

tango durlast 1978

Telstar was a design of association football made by Adidas.

It was one of two official match balls of the 1970 FIFA World Cup in Mexico, along with Chile. The similar Telstar Durlast was the official ball of the 1974 FIFA World Cup held in West Germany.

It was painted with black and white panels so it was more visible on black-and-white television. The name Telstar (short for television star) came from telstar, one of the first communications satellites, which was roughly spherical and dotted with solar panels, somewhat similar in appearance to the football.

It was the first World Cup ball to use the truncated icosahedron or bucky ball for its design, consisting of 12 black pentagonal and 20 white hexagonal panels, which later became the regular design of a football. Older balls had consisted of groups of stripes, similar to the configuration of the modern volleyball.

Although made of leather, it still had relative water resistant qualities provided by its shiny durlast coating.

The Telstar is considered a design classic. Although most footballs in actual use today look different, depictions of footballs in drawings such as comic books and caricatures, as well as decorative imitations of footballs, are usually still made in the Telstar look, testifying to its enduring appeal. It was probably inspired by the inflatable balloons used by NASA for spacecraft landing on water (splashdown) in the 60s.

Adidas TELSTAR, the Official Match Ball for the 1970 FIFA World Cup Mexico.

telstar 1970

The first ball with a black and white pattern used in the FIFA World Cup finals.

Adidas started to make soccer balls in 1963 but made the first official FIFA World Cup ball in 1970. The first ball used in the World Cup to use the Buckminster type of design. The first ball with 32 black and white panels, the TELSTAR was more visible on black and white televisions (1970 FIFA World Cup Mexico was the first to be broadcast live on television).

It was the first World Cup ball to use the truncated icosahedrons or bucky ball for its design, consisting of 12 black pentagonal and 20 white hexagonal panels, which later became the regular design of a football. Older balls had consisted of groups of stripes, similar to the configuration of the modern volleyball. Although made of leather; it still had relative water resistant qualities provided by its shiny durlast coating.



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