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OLYMPICS 2012 – The Albert

Adidas presents the official match ball for the London 2012 Olympic Games football tournament – ‘THE ALBERT’

London, 1st March, 2012 – The Albert, the official match ball to be used at the London 2012 Olympic Games football tournament was officially revealed today at The City of Coventry Stadium by Tom Cleverley of Manchester United and Robert Ashcroft, the 43 year old from Derbyshire who named the ball.

Tom Cleverley was on hand to present the ball to Robert Ashcroft, before they both stepped up to the penalty spot to be the first individuals to play with the ball in a London 2012 Olympic hosting stadium.

Cleverley said at the launch, “The Albert certainly has a unique name and striking identity. It is like no other ball I’ve seen before and it is going to really stand out on the pitch. The ball looks youthful and that is what London 2012 is meant to be about. The Olympic Games is going to be a huge event for Great Britain and if selected I would be delighted to represent Team GB.”

The name ‘The Albert’ was chosen after Adidas, Official Sportswear Provider for the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games, invited the Great British public to ‘name the ball’.

Over 12,000 unique names were suggested over a ten day period in February 2011 and the name of the ball was announced in July 2011, one year ahead of the football tournament.

The Albert carries the London 2012 logo and features additional design elements in striking colors from the London 2012colour palate. The ball will be used to kick off the Olympic Football Tournament in Cardiff on 25th July, two days before the Opening Ceremony.

Ashcroft submitted his suggestion of ‘The Albert’ with his own interpretation of cockney rhyming slang where he proposed the London iconic landmark ‘The Albert Hall’ could mean ‘Ball’. Information


‘The Albert’ 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 is a woven carcass and a new bladder for increased air retention and reduced water uptake.

‘The Albert’ meets and exceeds all FIFA Approved Standards for an Official Match Ball making it the most tested ball adidas has ever produced.

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OLYMPICS 2008 – Great Wall Star

The Official soccer ball of the 2008 Olympic Games, dubbed “The Great Wall Star” has been unveiled. It is manufactured by adidas, an official partner of the Beijing Games. The gold Chinese characters on the mostly-red ball read ”Zhong Guo” which means “China.” The characters were painted by Nian Weisi, who is a former president of the Football Association of China.

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From Adidas:

A new football production concept has been developed to provide consistent quality and performance from one ball to the next for today’s faster and more technical game.


The above pictures are from Alberto Izaguirre Serrano, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

2004 Pelias Olympic Ball

Above picture provided by Jacques Barralon

New Pelias ball, featuring Power Balance Technology, has a seamless surface design and a revolutionary new carcass.
The Pelias carcass features a new lamination technique and a machine stitching process, providing the most uniform dynamic properties for optimal balance, maximum energy return, and consistent trajectory. This is Power Balance Technology.
A new thermal bonding technique replaces traditional stitching, for a smoother, seamless surface with more responsiveness and ball contact sensitivity. The result is predictable trajectory, substantially less water uptake and maximum abrasion resistance.
The Pelias ball is the Official Match Ball of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens as well as the Official Match Ball for all FIFA events in 2004.

FIFA Approved
Material: Synthetic PU
Size: 5



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Gamarada Olympic 2000 Soccer Ball

Adidas Gamarada

From Alberto Izaguirre Serrano, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico:


Just like the Questra Europa in 1996, the Adidas Gamarada was designed similar to the Adidas Terrestra Silverstream, Official Match ball in the Euro 2000. This was the fourth Equipment ball after Adidas TricoloreIcon and Terrestra Silverstream.  Adidas indicated the balls where softer, faster and more durable.


The Gamarada ball features synthetic foam, a special layer of highly compressible gas-filled-micro-balloons of equal size which returns energy in equal measures in all places. This gives the ball greater rebound characteristics, which means that it’s faster and more accurate and predictable ball flight. The millions of individual cells of air bedded in a polyurethane matrix also make it a much more durable ball.

The design of the Equipment Gamarada reflects the colors of the Australian outback. And the name is derived from the Language of the aborigines, and means “camaraderie” or “friend”.

2000 Gamarada Olympic Ball

Above picture provided by Jacques Barralon

Adidas Japanese J-League Version of the Gamarada

in all the Japanese league matches in 2000

The following pictures are from Soccer Ball World visitor Sheridan Bird

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Official 1994 World Cup Ball Adidas Questra

Adidas Questra

Articles and pictures from Sheridan Bird, January 28, 2004

In June 1990, the football viewing public were eagerly anticipating the start of the sport’s greatest tournament, the FIFA World Cup, in Italy, a country widely known and loved for its creativity and artistic ambience. A leader in fashion, wine, art and sculpture, the host nation seemed ready to provide the perfect backdrop for a festival of exciting, flowing football. 

However, the reality was far from the fantastic feast all had hoped for. Despite some tremendous waves of emotion, notably from host nation Italy in their painful semi-final exit, and likewise England, goals were at a premium. This was the first world cup which saw teams belligerently playing for penalties, without trying to attack or impose themselves in the 90 minutes and extra time. This was for many, a sterile, cynical World Cup. 

The dreary deadlock of many of the knockout matches caused a headache for FIFA, who were desperate for the next World Cup, to be held in the USA, to be a triumph. Americans were more accustomed to high scoring sports, and tepid, defensive 0-0 results would send the TV viewers away in their droves, thus jeopardizing vast amounts of advertising revenue. FIFA needed a way to make football exciting and unpredictable again. Crackpot schemes like making the goals bigger were proposed, and then rightly binned, but FIFA had a brainwave. They asked the official matchball manufacturer, Adidas, to jazz up the ball.



Adidas concluded that the key to more goals was a lighter, more responsive ball, which would be the perfect tool for a gifted player. Out went heavy, slow balls, and in came the Questra. Taking its name from an ancient word meaning “the quest for the stars”, the new ball took its logo from its space age technology, and as a tribute to the host nation’s rich history of space exploration. The whole concept was based on the themes of innovation and striving for perfection. 

The technical development for the Questra took place in the Adidas center for ball development in France, followed by test games in France, Germany and the USA with professional players, amateurs and youth teams. The ball was manufactured from five different materials with a flexible but durable outer layer made from polyurethane. Each trigon featured an array of space imagery: planets, black holes and, of course, stars. 

Within a week of the tournament, some spectacular goals had been scored. As predicted, the better players took to the lighter model with no difficulty. Memorably, Romanian captain Hagi floated a wonderful goal over the stricken goalkeeper’s head from distance in an early group match. 

However, the goalkeeping fraternity found the ball too hot to handle. In some of the venues, such as Florida and California, the regional humidity caused the ball to bend and move in the air like never before. This made life extremely tough for the men in gloves. But, as FIFA had requested, the goals flew in from some impossible angles, and the competition was a resounding success. In terms of sheer, attacking play and flair, USA ’94 was a sensation. Of course, the final was a drab 0-0 affair, but not even space age technology could be expected to change the mentality of a defensive footballing nation such as Italy. Adidas was responsible for the balls, not tactics.


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The triumph of the Questra led to the birth of several new models. For the Olympic football tournament in Atlanta, the ball was given a new image and named the Questra Olympia. The fabled Olympic flame was placed in the trigon as a tribute to the spirit and history of the games.


The England badge was used for the Questra Europa ball at Euro ’96, as an embodiment of the host nation’s heritage. The infamous three lions and red roses replaced the stars and planets. Other than the new logos the balls themselves were the same as their predecessor in 1994.

For additional information on the Europa ball and other European Championship balls, click here.


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The last high profile incarnation of the Questra was in the 1996-97 season in Spain. A special edition with the Spanish football association’s eye-catching Miró-esque logo was produced, and used in league matches and by the national team. This was the Questra Apollo.

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Jabulani 2010 World Cup Soccer Ball


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

Jabulani – means “to celebrate” in isiZulu

On December 4th, adidas and FIFA officially unveiled the adidas “JABULANI”, the Official Match Ball for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa. The “JABULANI”, which means “to celebrate” in isiZulu, features a South African inspired design and radically new technology. The new match ball will be available in retail from December 5th onwards.

The newly developed “Grip’n’Groove” profile provides the best players in the world with a ball allowing an exceptionally stable flight and perfect grip under all conditions. Comprising only eight, completely new, thermally bonded 3-D panels, which for the first time are spherically molded, the ball is perfectly round and even more accurate than ever before.

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The name:

The name ”JABULANI” originates from the indigenous language isiZulu, one of the eleven official languages of the Republic of South Africa, which is spoken by almost 25% of the population. Literally translated, “JABULANI” means “to celebrate”. Football is a passion that unites the world. The name of the new match ball appropriately pays tribute to the passionate football celebration international fans will enjoy in South Africa next summer.

 The design:

Eleven different colors are used in the Adidas “JABULANI”, the eleventh Adidas World Cup ball. These 11 colors represent the 11 players in every team, the 11 official languages of South Africa and the 11 South African communities that make the country one of the most ethnologically diverse countries on the African continent. The colorful design brings together the tremendous diversity of the country in harmonious unity. Four triangle-shaped design elements on a white background lend the ball a unique appearance in African spirit. And like the outer facade of Johannesburg’s Soccer City Stadium, individual design elements also capture the colorfulness of South Africa.


3-D panel shapes:

The Match Ball for the 2010 FIFA World Cup features a completely new, ground-breaking technology. Eight 3-D spherically formed EVA and TPU panels are moulded together, harmoniously enveloping the inner carcass. The result is an energetic unit combined with perfect roundness. Following the first tests, players all over the world are enthusiastic and are promising many goals with the new ball.


What did the players have to say:

Michael Ballack: “Fantastic, the ball does exactly what I want it to.”

Petr Cech: “You can feel the energy coming towards you, like a shot.”

Frank Lampard: “A very strong ball, true to hit.”

Kaká: “For me, contact with the ball is all-important, and that’s just great with this ball.”

Grip’n’Groove profile

Aero Grooves:

Aero grooves create the clearly visible profile on the ball’s surface. The Grip’n’Groove profile circles around the entire ball in an optimal aerodynamic way. The integrated grooves provide unmatched flight characteristics, making this the most stable and most accurate Adidas ball ever. The ground breaking performance features of the “Jabulani” have been confirmed in comprehensive comparison tests at Loughborough University in England and countless checks in wind tunnel and the Adidas football laboratory in Scheinfeld, Germany. 

Since the introduction of the “goose bumps” surface for the last European Championship ball, the microtexture of the new ball’s outer skin has also been given a visible facelift. The Jabulani has futuristic texture with fantastic grip, giving players full control over the ball under all weather conditions.

Adidas always involves world-class athletes in the development and testing of its products. For the Adidas Jabulani, Adidas partners AC Milan, FC Bayern Munchen, the Orlando Pirates and Ajax Cape Town tested the ball in 2008, contributing to improvements in the surface structure and material composition. The involvement of players will continue to help bring the best football products to market going forward.

If you have more information or want to review this ball, please contact us!

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2010 World Cup Balll

Thank you Jacques Barralon for the above two pictures.


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Super Lux for use during nighttime matches – Same design as the Telstar Duralast used in the 1974 World Cup

Thank you Jacques Barralon for the above picture

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Official Match Ball – 2014 World Cup Brazuca Soccer Ball

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Adidas has  unveiled the brazuca Final Rio Official Match Ball, the official match ball for the Final of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™. The ball will be an integral part of the fixture on 13 July, when two teams will do battle for a place in history.

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The design of brazuca Final Rio has been inspired by the green and gold on the FIFA World Cup Trophy and is a variation of the previously released adidas brazuca Official Match Ball, which was launched back in December last year.

At the time of the brazuca launch in December, adidas delivered brazucas to all Participating Member Associations competing at Brazil 2014 in order for all teams to have sufficient time to practice with the new balls both in training and competitive matches. Since then, the ball has also played a starring role in competitions such as the FIFA Club World Cup, Copa del Rey, MLS, DFB-Pokal as well as numerous international friendlies. 

Prior to the official launch, brazuca and brazuca Final Rio went through a thorough testing process over a two-and-a-half-year period, involving more than 600 of the world’s top players and 30 teams in ten countries across three continents, making it the most tested ball ever by adidas and ensuring that it is suited to all conditions.

Clubs involved in testing included AC Milan, Bayern Munich, Fluminense and Palmeiras. Players involved in the process included global football stars Leonel Messi, Iker Casillas, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Zinedine Zidane.

The technology incorporated into the bladder and carcass of brazuca and brazuca Final Rio is identical to the Tango 12 (UEFA Euro 2012), Cafusa (FIFA Confederations Cup 2013) and the ever-popular UEFA Champions League Official Match Ball.

However, a new structural innovation with a unique symmetry of six identical panels alongside a different surface structure will provide improved grip, touch, stability and aerodynamics on the pitch. brazuca has been thoroughly tested to meet and exceed all FIFA metrics for an official match ball, ensuring top performance for every condition. 


PORTLAND, Ore./RIO DE JANEIRO – December 3, 2013 – adidas today unveiled brazuca, the official match ball of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. 

Brazuca is a breakthrough innovation featuring a revolutionary 6-panel design. Created for every player on the field, the ball features six identical panels alongside a unique surface that will provide improved grip, touch, stability and aerodynamics on the field. Brazuca has been thoroughly tested to meet and exceed all FIFA metrics for an official match ball, ensuring top performance for every condition.

Brazuca was named in September 2012 following a public vote in Brazil involving 1 million soccer fans. The name “brazuca” is an informal local term which means “Brazilian,” or to describe the Brazilian way of life. The colors and ribbon design of the ball panels symbolize the traditional multicolored wish bracelets worn in the country in addition to reflecting the vibrancy and fun associated with soccer in Brazil. 

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“The FIFA World Cup match ball is the icon of the tournament as the centerpiece of every goal, every play and every touch,” said Ernesto Bruce, director of soccer, adidas America. “adidas has a rich legacy at the World Cup, providing the official match ball for every tournament since 1970. The brazuca is a breakthrough innovation built for every player on the field.”

The brazuca’s thorough two and a half year testing process involved more than 600 of the world’s top players and 30 teams in 10 countries across three continents, making it the most tested ball ever by adidas.

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Lionel Messi, Iker Casillas, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Zinedine Zidane, AC Milan, Bayern Munich, Palmeiras and Fluminese were among the top athletes and clubs who tested brazuca. The ball was also tested in competitive international matches at the FIFA U-20 World Cup with a different print design and in a friendly match between Sweden and Argentina in February 2013.

”Brazuca has a stunning design that feels inspired by Brazil,” said 2010 FIFA World Cup winning Spanish captain Iker Casillas. “Now that the ball has been launched the tournament feels a lot closer. I’m looking forward to playing in Brazil with a great ball. Hopefully with brazuca we can get the same result as in 2010.”

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Brazuca features the best of adidas ball technology from the Tango 12 of UEFA Euro 2012, Cafusa from the FIFA Confederations Cup 2013 and the UEFA Champions League official match ball.

“My first impression of brazuca is of a ball that is fantastic and we’re going to have a lot of fun with it, said Brazilian star Dani Alves. “adidas has created an incredible-looking ball fitting for a tournament as big as the FIFA World Cup. Most importantly it plays well on the ground and in the air. I’m sure all the players will love it. It’s increased my levels of excitement even further and I honestly cannot wait for the opening game.”

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Brazuca was unveiled at a spectacular 3D light projection at the iconic Parque Lage in Rio de Janeiro. Fans can follow @brazuca to see the excitement leading up to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil through the eyes of the official match ball as it travels the world and offers an alternative take on the game. 

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2014 Brazuca World Cup Ball

Picture Courtesy of Jacques Barralon

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Brazuca PowerOrange Ball picture courtesy of Jacques Barralon

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