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“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.”

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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.

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Thank you Jacques Barralon for the above two pictures.


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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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Picture Courtesy of Jacques Barralon

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Brazuca PowerOrange Ball picture courtesy of Jacques Barralon

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The History of the Official World Cup Match Balls

Telestar 1970 MEXICO

Telstar : Mexico, 1970 Adidas started to make soccer balls in 1963 but made the first official FIFA World Cup ball in 1970. This is the first ball used in the World Cup to use the Buckminster type of design. Also, 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). 

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Telstar Durlast R : West Germany, 1974  

Two match balls were used in 1974 – adidas Telstar was updated with new black branding replacing the gold branding and a new all-white version of Telstar named adidas Chile was introduced. 1974 was also the first time World Cup match balls could carry names and logos.


Tango Durlast: Argentina, 1978 The ball design represented elegance, dynamism and passion.  

The 1978 match ball included 20 panels with triads that created an optical impression of 12 identical circles. The Tango inspired the match ball design for the following five World Cup tournaments.


Tango Espana: Spain, 1982

Adidas introduced a new ball which had rubber inlaid over the seams to prevent water from seeping through. The first ball with water-resistant qualities. General wear from kicking however meant the rubber began to wear after a short time and needed to be replaced during the game. The last genuine leather world cup ball.


Azteca : México, 1986

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

The ball was the first to include designs inspired by the host nation. The Azteca was elegantly decorated with designs inspired by Mexico’s Aztec architecture and murals.


Etrusco:  Italy, 1990  

The first ball with an internal layer of black polyurethane foam. The name and design paid homage to Italy’s history and the fine art of the Etruscans.


Questra: USA, 1994

FIFA World Cup USA, 1994, official ball which was enveloped in a layer of polystyrene foam.

This not only made it more waterproof but allowed the ball greater acceleration when kicked. The new game ball felt softer to the touch. Improved ball control and higher velocity during play.

The ball’s design represents space technology, high velocity rockets and America’s “quest for the stars.”


Tricolore: France, 1998

By 1998, FIFA World Cup France was played with a ball which sported the French red-white-blue tri-color. A complete departure from the old traditional black and white pattern.  The first official World Cup colored soccer ball.  The TRICOLORE used underglass print technology with a thin layer of syntactic foam.


ICON Women’s World Cup 1999 Match Ball

The first ball specially designed for the Women’s World Cup


Fevernova TM : Korea Japan, 2002

For FIFA World Cup Korea Japan, 2002, Adidas created a new ball made up of thicker inner layers to increase the accuracy of the ball in flight. Fevernova included a refined syntactic foam layer that allowed for more precise and predictable flight path. Asian culture inspired the revolutionary colorful look.


Teamgeist Germany, Berlin and Final Ball 2006   

A radically new configuration reduced the amount of panel touch points forming a smooth and perfectly round exterior that improved accuracy and control. Prior to the Teamgeist, the surface of World Cup match balls had notable differences depending on where a player would strike the ball due to seams, ridges and other imperfections where panels come together. The revolutionary propeller design of the Teamgeist minimized corners and created a smoother surface for improved play. The ball was designed with traditional colors of the German flag and was accentuated with the golden color of the World Cup trophy.


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Jabulani – the Official Match Ball for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa.

The Jabulani featured a new grip n groove technology that provided players a ball with stable flight and grip under all conditions. With eight thermally bonded 3-D panels that were spherically molded for the first time, the Jabulani was more round and accurate than its predecessors.


Jo’bulani – the Gold Final Official Match Ball for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa.


2011 Women’s World Cup Official Match Ball – SpeedCell


2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Adidas Brazuca

Brazuca was confirmed as the match ball name after a public vote in Brazil, participated in by more than one million soccer fans in the host country.

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Women’s World Cup 2015 Match Ball

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“Telstar 18”, the Official Match Ball for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

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The new Telstar 18 is a reimagining of the first Adidas FIFA World Cup match ball – ‘star of television’


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The First World Cup Soccer Ball

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1930 World Cup Soccer Ball of “Tiento”

One of the two soccer balls used in the first 1930 World Cup final between Argentina and Uruguay is shown above. This leather football was used in the final match and taken by an Uruguayan team player. It may have even played a part in the outcome of the first world cup in 1930.  Argentina and Uruguay could  not agree on which ball to use.  So they decided to use an Argentinean ball the first half and a ball supplied by Uruguay the second half.  As it turned out, Argentina was ahead at halftime 2-1.  However; Uruguay came back to win the match in the second half 4-2 using their ball!

Uruguay hosted the first world cup tournament in 1930.   

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Uruguay 1930 World Cup Team Picture

Uruguay won the first world cup tournament in 1930.  The ball shown in the picture above is in much better shape than the one shown above!

The final between the South American rivals lived up to billing. Each side held the lead for stretches in the first half, but Uruguayan striker Pedro Cea equalized at 2-2, 12 minutes into the second half. Victoriano Santos Iriarte scored the game-winner for Uruguay in the 68th minute, and Hector Castro’s strike in injury time sealed the victory, setting the final score at 4-2 in favor of Uruguay.

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Back Row: Left to Right: Bob Millar (Coach), Jimmy Gallagher, Alexander Wood, Jimmy Douglas, George Moorhouse, Ralph Tracy, Andy Auld, Jack Coll (Physician). Front Row: Left to Right: Jim Brown, Billy Gonsalves, Bert Patenaude, Tom Florie, Bart McGhee.

The 1930 World Cup United States soccer team qualified for the semifinals.

The United States team consisted of the same lineup for all three games: goalkeeper Jimmy Douglas of the New York Nationals, right back Alexander Wood of Detroit Holley Carburetor, outside left Bart McGee (NY Nationals), center back Raphael Tracey (St. Louis Ben Millers), left halfback Andy Auld (Providence Gold Bugs), inside left Tom Florie (the captain, New Bedford Whalers), center forward Bert Patenaude (Fall River Marksmen), inside right Billy Gonsalves (Fall River Marksmen), and outside right James Brown (NY Giants). George Moorehouse played both fullback and wing forward.  He played in the original American Soccer League from 1923-1931, mostly for the New York Giants. Jimmy Gallagher played both wing half and wing forward.  He also played for the original American Soccer League, from 1921-1931, for several
different teams. 

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The US stunned Belgium in their opening match, winning 3-0. The first goal was scored by Bart McGhee in the 40th minute off a rebound from the crossbar after a Gonsalves shot. There is some dispute as to whether this was actually the first goal of this first World Cup tournament. FIFA had determined some years later that the first goal was actually scored by Lucien Laurent of France. McGhee followed this with another goal just before halftime when Belgium paused, waiting for an offside whistle, leaving McGhee open in front of the net. Florie got the final goal in the second half. Four days later, the US shut out Paragray 3-0. Their successful run came to a sudden end in the semifinals, when Argentina knocked out the Americans decisively in a 6-1 thrashing. This game was complicated by the US goalkeeper twisting his ankle early in the game, forcing him to play the final 80 minutes practically on one leg, and a serious leg injury suffered by midfielder Tracey, leaving the US with ten men for the second half. The US prevented a shutout with a goal by Brown in the 89th minute. Ultimately, Uruguay beat Argentina 4-2 for the trophy. Despite the disappointing end, this was still a great run for the Americans in their first World Cup, one that would remain unequaled until it’s historic performance in 2002. Group 4 saw the USA produce the best results they would see in a World Cup in the century, as they the won the group after a pair of 3-0 wins over Belgium and Paraguay.

Information from Dave Litterer at American Soccer History Archives

Pictures graciously provided by the 1930 World Cup Football Museum.  

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Official Match Ball – 2018 World Cup Telstar 18 Soccer Ball (Football)

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“Telstar 18”, the Official Match Ball for the 2018 FIFA World Cup RussiaThe new Telstar 18 is a reimagining of the first Adidas FIFA World Cup match ball – ‘star of television’

Adidas Soccer Reveals the Official Match Ball for the 2018 FIFA World Cup 

–  The Telstar 18 pays homage to the first ever Adidas World Cup ball, the 1970 Telstar – 

– A reinvention of the classic with a brand new panel design and the latest in ball technology –

– Features an innovative NFC chip to enable a digital consumer interaction –

– Went through extensive testing with some of the biggest national and club teams in the world including Argentina, Real Madrid and Manchester United –

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MOSCOW, November 9, 2017 – Adidas Soccer has today revealed the Official Match Ball for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. The Telstar 18 will be used by the world’s best players as they seek to claim the biggest prize in soccer next summer. 

The new Telstar 18 is a reimagining of the first Adidas FIFA World Cup match ball, the Telstar, which was used at the 1970 tournament in Mexico. The name of the original came from its position as the ‘star of television’. The first ball to be decorated with black panels, the pattern was designed to stand out on black and white televisions, and changed soccer design forever.  

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The ball has a brand new carcass that retains the best of the Brazuca, the Official Match Ball of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, while building in new technology to maximize performance. 

The ball went through extensive testing to ensure it suits the needs of the best players in the world. Some of the leading national and club sides have been involved in the testing process including; Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Manchester United, Juventus, Real Madrid and Ajax. The ball was showcased for the first time by Leo Messi and a host of adidas World Cup winners including Zinedine Zidane, Kaka, Alessandro Del Piero, Xabi Alonso, and Lukas Podolsk

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A progression from Official Match Balls of the past, a brand new panel design features a metallic print execution and texture graphic effect, engineered to provide performance and durability both in the stadium and on the street. Sustainability has been a key focus of the Telstar 18, with elements including re-cycled backing material and packaging. 

The Telstar 18 features an embedded NFC chip – the first time it’s ever been used in an Official Match Ball – making it the most innovative World Cup ball to date. The chip enables consumers to interact with the ball using a Smartphone. Upon interaction, each ball generates a unique identifier, unlocking exclusive content and information for the user.  The personalized and location-aware experience displays specific details of each ball and provides access to challenges which users can enter in the run-up to the World Cup. 

ROLAND ROMMLER, Category Director Soccer Hardware, said: “The original Telstar is one of the most iconic soccer balls of all time and one which changed soccer design forever, so developing the Telstar 18 while staying true to the original model was a really exciting challenge for us. The new panel structure and inclusion of an NFC chip has taken soccer innovation and design to a new level and offers both consumers and players a completely new experience. “


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