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 ball pictured above is claimed to be USED IN THE FINAL MATCH of the Olympic soccer tournament (3rd august, 1996)
Above two pictures provided by Jacques Barralon
The following information about this ball is from Soccer Ball World Visitor Peter Pesti
ORIGIN: This particular ball was a present from the gold medalist Nigerian superstar, Jay Jay Okocha, who used to play in Eintracht Frankfurt (Germany) for many years in his early career and he speaks very good German. He took this ball with him after winning the Gold Medal of the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games against Argentina. The ball is in a great condition and it was only used once. No one ever has played with it after the final. If you examine the ball closely you can still see some very small old dry grass between the panels on the stitching.
Argentina (2) – Nigeria (3)
IMPORTANCE: This ball is very special, because it was kicked by superstars; for example, Ortega, Crespo, Almeyda, Simeone and like Okocha, Kanu, Amokachi, Ikpeba, Babayaro in the 1996 Olympic games that was hosted in United States of America. It was also the first time an African team had ever won a world wide international soccer tournament.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The English Premier League, the Brazilian League, the Spanish League, the US National Team, the Brazilian National Team, the Korean National Team, the Portuguese National Team, Inter Milan, PSG, PSV, Hertha Berlin, and 1860 Munich and many more all use Nike’s Geo Merlin Vapor as their official ball. Nike indicates that the ball is faster, rounder and FIFA approved, it delivers the latest in Nike design and innovation.
Developed around the DART (Dynamic Acceleration Response and Touch) casing system. Nike indicates that “the Geo Merlin Vapor has everything from a softer touch to explosive speed. It is deadly accurate yet still extremely durable. With more explosive power coming off the boot, improved softness and touch and excellent shape retention, the Geo Merlin Vapor is the top of the line”.
Outer Casing (Cover) – 1.2 mm Teijin PU is a micro-fiber based, high-solid polyurethane with a fused panel design (double hex panel design).
Inner Layer 1 – 2.0 mm compressed Polyethelene
Inner Layer 2 – Cold Vulcanized Latex Rubber
Inner Layer 3 – German Polyester Support Fabric
BLADDER: Carbon latex 6-wing bladder and AirBloc II valve system.
Features exclusive Nike Geo Balanced Technology for equalized pressure dispersion for consistent response and ball flight.
Designed to reduce drag, for better accuracy and increased velocity. COVER: Hand-stitched, high performance PU with linear grooves for consistent, sustained flight. Exclusive Geo Balanced technology with six double-hex panels. Exclusive E foam for greater stability, durability and performance in cold weather. BLADDER: Special 6-wing carbon latex with Air Block II air retention system. FIFA Approved.
Standard Version – Red and Black Stripes
LFP Version – Blue and Black Stripes with the LFP logo on it
Copa America Version – Gold and Black Stripes with Copa America Logo on it
Premireship Version – Blue and Black Stripes with the Barklycard Premireship Logo on it
New! Total 90 Hi-Vis soccer ball – Designed specifically to aid soccer players in the low light conditions common throughout the English winter, the Nike Total 90 Aerow Hi-Vis has been developed with leading sports-vision scientists.
Nike’s team of dedicated sport-vision scientists have determined that yellow is the most visible casing colour to the human eye in lower light conditions and have combined this with the optimum contrasting colour, dark blue.
According to Nike: “The Nike Total 90 Aerow Hi-Vis ball represents a significant visual contrast and will enable the players to maintain visual effectiveness and attain optimum performance levels.”
The U.S. National Men‘s team made its debut performance with Nike’s Total 90 Aerow Hi-Vis ball against Jamaica on Wednesday November 17, 2004 . The ball is being used during the winter months in all English Premier League and Spanish Liga Primera games during the 2004-05 season. With the distinctive yellow base and contrasting blue stripe, the ball has gotten solid reviews from the players in the US camp. The ball is also used in some of the German Budesliga matches.
Nike Seitiro Premier Hi Vis
The Nike Seitiro features NIKE RaDaR technology, which stands for Rapid Decision and Response. It is a lab and field tested standard of visual performance that allows players to see the ball better. Validated on pitch with some of the best athletes in the world, the combination of ball casing color, graphic design, and contrast creates an optimal visual signal on the pitch. What does this all mean? It means that NIKE RaDaR allows players to make faster decisions on the pitch and stay ahead of the pace of the game.
The Nike Seitiro continues the tradition of Control, Accuracy, and Touch that is intrinsic to Nike footballs. A micro-textured casing design delivers confident accuracy and aerodynamic stability as airflow is equalized over the ball surface. The premium foam layer ensures consistent control and a soft touch in all conditions. Finally, due to GEO II balanced technology, the Nike Seitiro boasts an even transfer of energy throughout all panels, a 360 degree sweet spot that forces the ball to respond with power no matter where it’s struck.
COVER: Micro-textured TPU for improved control. Geometric Precision distributes pressure around the ball for a consistent, accurate and powerful strike.
Nitrogen-expanded foam for shape retention and durability. Perfectly round shape ensures the ball flies fast, far and true.
BLADDER: Six-wing carbon latex for explosive acceleration. FIFA approved.
Nike Seitiro Premier
Nike Seitiro Premier LFP
Puma Cellerator Shudoh or MLS Match Ball FIFA approved.
List Price: $99.00
Size: 5 Material: Dimple PU Features: 6 wing latex bladder, ‘PERIMETER BALANCE TECHNOLOGY’ (PBT) and ‘PUMA AIR LOCK’ (PAL) system Profile: Top competition ball with “Dimple CW” -Puma claims the “Dimple CW System is for unbeatable control and straight trajectory. The dimples cause less drag and more lift than a regular surface which provides further, higher and faster shooting speed”.
“The FIFA-approved, patented ball ensures maximum trajectory, precision, and increased shooting speed by adapting the physics designed for golf balls. The dimpled surface area gives the ball the positive flight characteristics of a golf ball: consistency and length of trajectory. The dimples create an air pocket of “positive turbulence” around the ball in flight, which translates to superior distance, maximum speed and unparalleled accuracy.”
The Cellerator Shudoh is used in Europe by the Scottish Football Association, Serie A power Lazio, the Bundesliga’s VFB Stuttgart and by France’s AS Monaco.
The MLS Match Ball is similar in design and of course used in MLS matches.
Mitre ISO Final Football
List Price: $89.95
The official match ball of prestigious FA Cup, the unique 26 panel ISO design delivers what Mitre claims as the world’s fastest football. Recorded at 114mph.
Mitre claims “Every ISO ball is precision engineered to within 3 grams of its ideal weight and to 3mm of its optimum size. Every ISO ball will perform exactly the same, giving players striking confidence and total consistency through out the game.
The aerodynamic superiority of the ISO ball delivers unmatched accuracy. From the edge of the box you can consistently hit the top corner – if you’re good enough. The ISO is straight and true, exactly as players want it.”
The deep seams are intended to help reduce drag and improve spin so you can bend it around the extra man in the wall. Japanese microfilm technology ensures a good grip for keepers and the MAXLOC3 air retention system provides lasting performance. Mitre balls are used in the FA Cup competition as well as the footballs to be used by England teams at all levels.
Do the newly developed balls help kicking accuracy?
Peter Brancazio, a physics professor emeritus from Brooklyn College and author of the book SportsScience, is not convinced any newly developed ball can make much of a difference.
“Sounds like a lot of marketing talk to me,” he said. “The accuracy of the kick really depends on the player’s ability to put their foot on the right spot on the ball. No technology is going to help you do that.”
Soccer Ball World believes that ball accuracy will improve if you go from using a low quality ball that is warped or “out of round” to a high quality ball that is round. An out of round ball will tend to curve uncontrollably and cause the soccer ball to miss the intended target.