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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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Gamarada Olympic 2000 Soccer Ball

Adidas Gamarada

From Alberto Izaguirre Serrano, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico:

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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.

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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”.

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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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Soccer Soccer Ball Information

NFHS Soccer Ball Testing and Approvals

Since the 1999-2000 school year, soccer balls used in interscholastic competition in sports for which the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) writes playing rules are required to have the NFHS authenticating mark.

Ball Testing Requirements:

  • Spherical
  • Made of leather or other suitable material that is weather resistant
  • Of a circumference of not more than 70 cm (28 ins) and not less than 68 cm (27 ins)
  • Not more than 453 g (16 oz) in weight and not less than 396 g (14 oz) at the start of the match
  • The ball shall be inflated to manufacturer’s recommended pressure

For additional information on NFHS, you can visit their web site by clicking here.