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Fracus UEFA EURO 2016 Match Ball Knock Out Stage

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Ball design captures the excitement and drama of knock-out football-

– The name Fracas translates to ‘clamour’ in French

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Paris, 20th June – Today Adidas launched Fracas, the Official Match Ball of the UEFA EURO 2016TM knock-out phase and the ball that will be used during the tournament final on 10th July.

Some of Paris’ biggest talent from music, popular culture and fashion have worked with Adidas to help with the naming of the ball. The name – which translates to ‘clamour’ in French – was chosen to encapsulate the drama and excitement associated with knock-out games. The unpredictability of the latter stages of a major tournament is also captured in the dynamic red and black design of Fracas.  

Sam Handy, Vice President of Design, explained the thinking behind the new design: “For Fracas, we wanted to be bold with our design direction and create something that incorporated the emotions felt during the latter stages of tournament football. Beau Jeu was all about tactical football; doing what you had to do in order to get to the knock-out stages. Fracas is a more disruptive design. It represents the noise of the crowd and the excitement around a winner-takes-all mentality on the pitch.” 

The structure which underpins both Fracas and Beau Jeu has been in development for over 18 months and takes the best elements of the Brazuca FIFA World Cup Official Match Ball, including the innovative panel shape. The two balls, which together will decide the winners of UEFA EURO 2016TM, feature improved surface structure and blocking, offering enhanced grip and in-flight visibility. During this development process, both balls have been tested independently by top players such as Gareth Bale and Iker Casillas. 

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Tango 12 UEFA EURO 2012 Match Ball

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Adidas Presents The Official Match Ball For The UEFA EURO 2012TM
– Inspired by the iconic Tango design and made for today’s game – 

The ball was unveiled on stage during the UEFA EURO 2012™ finals draw by former Ukrainian Olympic pole vaulter Sergey Bubka. 

Adidas Tango 12: Inspired by the classic Tango design

Based on the classic Tango design used during both the FIFA World Cup™ and UEFA EURO™ tournaments during the early 1980s, the adidas Tango 12 features a modern interpretation of the design including a colored outline inspired by the flags of the two host nations – Poland and Ukraine. Etched into the Tango design are three bespoke graphics which celebrate the decorative art of paper cutting, a tradition in the rural areas of both host countries and link to the key characteristics of football – unity, rivalry and passion. 

“The Adidas Tango 12 is based on an iconic design which is known by players and football fans throughout the world, and it is great to see the design reinterpreted in such a creative fashion for the UEFA EURO 2012 tournament,” commented David Taylor, CEO of UEFA Events SA. 

Complementing the design, the Adidas Tango 12 features a series of triangular panels that are thermally bonded together to ensure a true, stable flight path. Covering each panel of the ball is a grip texture which supports boot to ball contact and enhances ball control. Beneath the outer surface of the ball lies a woven carcass and a new bladder for increased air retention and reduced water uptake. 

The Adidas Tango 12, which has been developed over a two-year period, underwent two rigorous types of testing – qualitative player testing, which was conducted across eight different countries, using players, federations and clubs from both elite and grass roots football, and quantitative lab testing, which concluded that the Adidas Tango 12 meets and exceeds all FIFA Approved Standards for an Official Match Ball making it the most tested ball Adidas has ever produced.

Adidas Group CEO Herbert Hainer commented: “The Adidas Tango 12 is a combination of many years of football tradition coupled with extensive player and lab testing to make it the most tested ball Adidas has ever produced.”

The Adidas Tango 12 is the eleventh Official Match Ball produced for the UEFA EURO™ tournament leading on from a rich history in Adidas football development which started in 1963. During that period, three Tango inspired designs have been produced for the UEFA EURO™ tournaments – the 1980 Tango River Plate, the 1984 Tango Mundial and the 1988 Tango Europa – making the Adidas Tango 12 the fourth in its history. 

The Aadidas Tango 12 will be used on field during the UEFA EURO 2012™ which kicks off on June 8th when tournament hosts Poland take to the field at The National Stadium Warsaw. All competing federations will receive an allocation of thirty Official Match Balls during the week commencing December 5th, six months ahead of the tournament, for training and competitive use. The Adidas Tango 12 is available for purchase in Adidas retail outlets and associated stockists as of December 3rd. 

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Adidas Euro Pass Official Match Ball of UEFA EURO 2008

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Thank you Peter Schönamsgruber from Eislingen/Fils  Germany for the above picture

Adidas “EUROPASS” – the match ball with “goose bumps” for UEFA EURO 2008  

Official Ball of UEFA EURO 2008™ with revolutionary surface structure  

Lucerne/Herzogenaurach, December 2, 2007. At the Final Draw for the UEFA EURO 2008™ in Lucerne today, adidas and UEFA unveiled the adidas “EUROPASS”: the official match ball of the competition. The ball’s new surface structure allows players to control and direct it perfectly in all weather conditions. The revolutionary PSC- Texture™ consists of a sophisticated and extremely fine structure on the ball’s outer skin that guarantees optimum grip between ball and boot.

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Gloria Version

Above picture provided by Jacques Barralon

The name “EUROPASS” refers to the common “EURO” pass between the two host countries of Austria and Switzerland. It also represents every pass the players will make on the pitch during UEFA EURO 2008. Last but not least, it signifies the co-operation among all the fans who will make their way to Austria and Switzerland for the final competition.    

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The adidas “EUROPASS” combines tradition with modernity. Its classic colouring – a white base colour with black dots – calls to mind the balls of bygone decades, yet its bonding with round dynamic elements in silver and red results in an innovative and very modern design which perfectly suits the host countries. Both countries combine tradition with creativity and a strong record of innovation in developing new products. The national flags of both countries have also been integrated into the ball design, with eight circles in a subtle silver effect. The 12 black dots contain individual graphic elements developed by UEFA to accompany the EURO logo. These elements stand for passion, friendship, action, training, fans and the winning goal, which appear as watermarks in the black dots of the adidas “EUROPASS”.   

Like +Teamgeist, the official match ball of the 2006 FIFA World Cup™, the adidas “EUROPASS” is constructed out of 14 panels using revolutionary Thermal Bonding Technology. This combined with the new PSC-Texture™ surface structure gives the “EUROPASS” its perfect handling characteristics and allows the players exceptional ball control. The unique outer skin improves power transmission, creates greater swerve and increases accuracy on the pitch, in all conceivable weather conditions. And for the goalkeeper too, providing a much better grip between glove and ball, substantially improves his catching of the ball.   

The ground-breaking performance features of the adidas “EUROPASS” have been demonstrated in comprehensive comparison tests at Loughborough University in England and in countless checks in the adidas football laboratory in Scheinfeld.  

adidas’ experience in football manufacturing is unsurpassed anywhere in the world, and is leading the industry in the production of the most modern and innovative balls since 1963. Since 1970, adidas has provided the official match ball for all major UEFA and FIFA tournaments. From 2008, adidas will also make the official ball for the Africa Cup of Nations organised by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).    

Thank you Peter Schönamsgruber from Eislingen/Fils  Germany for the above picture

In the future, adidas will continue to use innovative technology to extend its world-leading position in football production and thus strengthen its position as the authentic symbol for high-performance sports articles for professionals and amateurs alike. adidas also intends to unveil more revolutionary innovations in match ball production for the UEFA, FIFA and CAF competitions.

Video Links:See how the EuroPass ball is madeInformation about the Euro 2008 Match BallTesting The Euro BallMore Testing Information

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EUROPASS – Gloria – Final game ball, Vienna

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(Above Picture compliments of Miguel Ángel Rodríguez Fernández) 

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Herbert Hainer presents Michel Platini with the adidas “EUROPASS gloria”

 Vienna/Herzogenaurach, 30 April 2008 – Today, in the Oval Hall of Vienna’s MuseumsQuartier cultural complex, adidas and UEFA presented the adidas “EUROPASS gloria”, the official ball for the Final of UEFA EURO 2008™.  Herbert Hainer (adidas AG Chairman and CEO) presented the silver ball with black dots to UEFA President Michel Platini. The “EUROPASS gloria” was created specifically for the most important match of the UEFA European Football Championship 2008™ and will only be used for the Final of UEFA EURO 2008™, which takes place in Vienna on 29 June 2008. 

Based on the Henri Delaunay Trophy, the “EUROPASS gloria” shimmers silver and, like the “EUROPASS”, has twelve black dots, combining modernity with tradition. The suffix “gloria” in the ball’s name stands for the fame and glory that will be enjoyed by the winner of UEFA EURO 2008™. The name “EUROPASS” symbolizes the common “EURO” pass between the two host countries of Austria and Switzerland. It also represents every pass the players will make on the pitch during UEFA EURO 2008™. Last but not least, it signifies the cooperation among all the fans who will make their way to Switzerland and Austria for the final competition.    

In eight white circles, the national flags of Austria and Switzerland have been integrated into the silver ball design. The twelve black dots contain the Henri Delaunay Trophy as well as graphic designs typical of all the nations that have left the pitch as champions with the Henri Delaunay Trophy in hand since the inception of the UEFA European Football Championship™.

 Like the “EUROPASS” and the +TeamgeistTM, the official match ball of the 2006 FIFA World Cup™, the adidas “EUROPASS gloria” is constructed out of 14 panels using revolutionary Thermal Bonding Technology. This combined with the new PSC-Texture™ surface structure gives the “EUROPASS gloria” its perfect handling characteristics and allows the players exceptional ball control. The unique outer skin improves power transmission, creates greater swerve and increases accuracy on the pitch, in all conceivable weather conditions.

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European Championship 2000 Tournament Ball Terrestra

The Adidas Equipment Terrestra Silverstream

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The title and design of this particularly futuristic looking ball were dedicated to the rivers of the host countries, (Belgium and Holland) to which they owe their prosperity via trading routes and transportation of goods. The locals nicknamed these waterways “silver streams” due to the way their surfaces sparkle brightly in the early morning sun. 

Scientifically it was another break through ball from adidas. The outer layer was made from ergonomically crafted syntactic foam panels in long lasting PU, making it softer to the touch and easier to control. Inside the ball’s casing was a layer of closely compressed micro balloons filled with gas, which distributed the impact of the strike (from the foot or head) evenly, making it more precise and giving it a calculable, consistent, and faster flight path (later used on the World Cup Fevernova and Euro Roteiro match balls). 

However, its swerve characteristics were lethal at the right feet, as Luis Figo proved with his missile-like shot against England, which seemed to change direction violently when it clipped an England player’s ankle. “We found to our cost that the slightest deflection seems to make the ball fly,” explained the English Football Association’s technical adviser, Les Reed.

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Article and pictures from Sheridan Bird, January 22, 2004

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Above picture with the ball in the original box provided by Jacques Barralon

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European Championship 1996 Tournament Match ball

The European Championship had long been considered a second-class football (soccer) tournament in the eyes of fans, before its rebirth in 1996. Originally conceived as a mini world cup for Europe, it was the subject of chronic format change and indifference. 

However, intelligent marketing and a surge in interest caused the 1996 championship, in England, to take a new importance. As a result of this, the official ball providers, adidas, who had previously not deemed the competition worthy of having its own especially nominated ball, decided to begin taking the development and marketing of the matchballs seriously.

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The Adidas Questra Europa

After the success and high goal quota of the 1994 World Cup in the US, adidas concluded that the new, lighter ball produced for that tournament, on FIFA’s request (they had been moved to make changes after the turgid and defensive Italia ’90 World Cup which suffered something of a goal drought) had been a triumph. The World Cup ‘94 ball, the black and white Questra, was a much more high tech and responsive ball than its heavier predecessors. There might have been complaints from goalkeepers, but the swerving, spinning Questra, which curled wickedly in the hot, American temperatures and humidity, was responsible for some outstanding goals, free kicks and passes. 

UEFA decided to keep in tune with this new scientifically advanced approach, but asked adidas to give the ball a new identity, an in doing so they created the Questra Europa which was the first colored ball in a major tournament. The design they chose was a reworking of the iconic England badge, the three lions and red roses, in the familiar tango shape, which had appeared on all major balls. Each side of the trigon had a lion in metallic blue, and in the center was a red rose.

Due to its strong link with the host nation’s own identity, the ball proved very popular, and also paved the way for a very lively, exciting tournament with many incredible goals and vibrant play.

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1992 Official Ball of the European Championships – Etrvsco Unico

The official ball for the 1992 European Championships was the Etrvsco Unico the same ball used in the Italy, 1990 World Cup. The only difference is a panel on the ball indicating “Official World Cup 1990/ Official 1992 Euro Championship”.

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1988 Official Ball of the European Championships – Tango Europa

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Above Pictures Provided By Reg Wong, Thanks!

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The above picture is another version with an UEFA Logo and made in France

Picture provided by D. Duinkerken – Thanks!

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Above two pictures with original box provided by Jacques Barralon

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1984 Official Ball of the European Championships – Tango Mundial

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Above Picture of the REPLICA Tango Mundial Provided By Jens Badinski

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1980 Official Ball of the European Championships – Tango River Plate

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1976 Official Ball of the European Championships – Telstar

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