Ball design captures the excitement and drama of knock-out football-
– The name Fracas translates to ‘clamour’ in French
-Fracas name chosen by Parisian influencers as Adidas celebrates open source-
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.
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.
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.
Article and pictures from Sheridan Bird, January 22, 2004
Above picture with the ball in the original box provided by Jacques Barralon
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”.
Featured new polyurethane coating and Durlast technology which increased the water resistance of the leather ball. The Telstar Durlast with graphics was not used in the 1970 World Cup matches in Mexico. It was used in the 1972 European Championships.
Adidas Roteiro Official Match Ball of UEFA EURO 2004
Adidas Press Release
Tuesday, June 8, 2004 , Herzogenaurach,
Personalized Match Balls for Every UEFA EURO 2004 TM Match
In what is a first for a major football tournament, every single match ball at UEFA EURO 2004 will be specifically personalized to each individual game. The Adidas Roteiro™ balls used at each match will be inscribed with the name of the teams, the date, the name of the stadium and the longitude and latitude of the center spot of the pitch. Adidas will supply 20 of the revolutionary thermal bonded personalized balls per game.
Adidas Press Release
Monday, December 1, 2003 , Herzogenaurach / Lisbon,
Adidas Presents Roteiro as the Official Match Ball of UEFA EURO 2004
Portuguese national team players today revealed the adidas Roteiro, the new Official Match Ball for UEFA EURO 2004. The Roteiro is the first ever Official Match Ball produced with the innovative thermal-bonding production technique developed over the last four years.
The game of football is faster and more technical than ever before. After several progressions based on material development, traditional ball construction had reached its limits. Consequently, a new ball production concept was developed – called thermal bonding – providing consistent quality and performance from one ball to the next. The new Roteiro ball by adidas also features the new Power Balance Technology, has a seamless surface design and offers a revolutionary new carcass.
England captain David Beckham said: “The most important thing for me is to know that I can rely on the ball to go exactly where I want it to go. The new Roteiro reacts very well to my foot. When I’ve helped adidas to test the Roteiro in Madrid, I’ve noticed that the accuracy of my corners, my passing and, of course, my free kicks improved from using this ball. When you’re kicking it, it even sounds better. No one has ever seen anything like this before. I think it is great to kick and it’s going to be a great ball to play with. Keepers are going to have a very tough time.”
The Roteiro is named after the logbook used by Vasco da Gama, the famous Portuguese discoverer. The unique and dynamic design features an aqua metallic base color, which represents the sky, a blue globe color reminiscent of the sea, and silver lines to signify the co-ordinate system used and perfected by the Portuguese.
From UEFA Media Services:
Launch of Official UEFA EURO 2004™ Match Ball
adidas’ Roteiro™ produced using innovative technology
UEFA and adidas presented the new Official Match Ball for UEFA EURO 2004™. Named Roteiro™, the new ball will be used at all matches of the UEFA European Football Championship in Portugal.
Roteiro™ is named after the logbook used by Vasco da Gama, the famous Portuguese discoverer. The unique and dynamic design features an aqua metallic base color, which represents the sky, a blue globe color reminiscent of the sea, and silver lines to signify the co-ordinate system used and perfected by the Portuguese. Its name, design and reference to Portuguese historical elements will perfectly match its inauguration at the Final Tournament.
In developing Roteiro™ adidas has used a new production concept. Using thermal bonding this new technique in ball production provides a more consistent quality and performance from one ball to the next. Roteiro™ is the first-ever official match ball produced with this innovative production technique. It also features the new Power Balance Technology, has a seamless surface design and a revolutionary new carcass.
The ball has undergone trials by top players and European clubs and David Beckham of Real Madrid and England said of the ball:
“The new Roteiro™ reacts well to my foot. It seems to be dipping a lot, which is obviously good for me and other free-kick takers. It has a whole new look and feel. When you’re kicking it, it even sounds better. No one has ever seen anything like this before. I think it is great to kick and it’s going to be a great ball to play with.”
Commenting on the launch of the new ball, UEFA CEO Gerhard Aigner, said:
“EURO 2004 is the most prestigious event in the European footballing calendar and hugely important for UEFA. The fundamental part of the game – the ball – must match that prestige in both design and performance. Roteiro™ has undergone rigorous testing in laboratories and it has out-performed all previous balls produced.”
Dr. Gilberto Madaíl, Portuguese Football Federation President and Chairman of the Board of Euro 2004, S.A said: “adidas has delivered a stunning, modern and state-of the-art Portuguese football. This is very much how we envisage the UEFA EURO 2004 event to be. We want to show the world a warm, passionate, authentic yet modern Portugal. Portugal is ready to be discovered!”
adidas is also a UEFA EURO 2004™ National Supporter and Licensee.
Above picture with ball in original box provided by Jacques Barralon
New Euro 2004 Ball Under Fire From Players
LISBON (AFP) — As the kickoff date for the Euro 2004 finals approaches, the new seamless ball which will be used during the three-week tournament is being panned by a growing number of players.
“The ball is strange. We have all discussed it and we all feel the same way,” Greek midfielder Vassilis Tsartas told reporters at the team’s training camp.
He complained it was impossible to hit a target with a long pass.
Czech Republic coach Karel Bruckner echoed his concerns.
“This ball could be good just for the players of Real Madrid who play with short passes. But our players have problems controlling it with long passes,” he says. “We will have to learn new habits and we will probably have to change our playing system.”
German sports goods maker Adidas has supplied more than 2,300 balls for matches and training sessions during the 16-nation championship which begins Saturday and ends on July 4.
The company claims the silver ball, named the “Roteiro” after the diaries of Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama, is faster because of its stitchless surface.
It is not the first time that a ball designed for a major tournament has come under fire by players.
At the 2002 World Cup held in Japan and South Korea, many players, especially keepers, blasted the Fevernova, the official Adidas ball, as being too light and swerving too much.
Players also faulted the balls designed and provided by Adidas for the World Cup in 1998 and 1994.
Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon however insists the Roteiro ball is “worse” than the one used during the 2002 World Cup.
“The effects are very strange and it reacts in unexpected ways. It even has a strange color,” he said.
The Italian squad is among one of the sharpest critics of the ball.
Italian midfielder Andrea Pirlo said it reminded him of plastic balls used by children. Star striker Francesco Totti added: “It is very hard and despite what some people say, it does not benefit attackers.”
But the ball counts as fans some of the world’s best players, including England’s David Beckham and France’s Zinedine Zidane.
“The most important thing for me is to know that I can rely on the ball to go exactly where I want it to go,” said Beckham after the ball was launched earlier this year.
“I think it is great to kick and it’s going to be a great ball to play with. Keepers are going to have a very tough time,” the Real Madrid star, who has a sponsorship deal with Adidas, added.
Portugal winger Cristiano Ronaldo, who plays for Manchester United, said he is unfazed by the new ball.
“It is faster than other balls and curves more, but I believe it is a matter of getting used to it. For me any ball will do,” he said.
Technical Information of the Roteiro™:
Thermal bonded panel edges. Special adhesive for durability and water resistance. That means no stitching.
Panel design – Syntactic PU surface material for maximum abrasion resistance.
Innovative carcass technology – for best performance and most consistent quality properties.
High-grade natural latex bladder – for best rebound characteristics.