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Adidas Euro Pass Official Match Ball of UEFA EURO 2008

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Thank you Peter Schönamsgruber from Eislingen/Fils  Germany for the above picture

Adidas “EUROPASS” – the match ball with “goose bumps” for UEFA EURO 2008  

Official Ball of UEFA EURO 2008™ with revolutionary surface structure  

Lucerne/Herzogenaurach, December 2, 2007. At the Final Draw for the UEFA EURO 2008™ in Lucerne today, adidas and UEFA unveiled the adidas “EUROPASS”: the official match ball of the competition. The ball’s new surface structure allows players to control and direct it perfectly in all weather conditions. The revolutionary PSC- Texture™ consists of a sophisticated and extremely fine structure on the ball’s outer skin that guarantees optimum grip between ball and boot.

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Adidas Euro Pass Official Match Ball of UEFA EURO 2008

Gloria Version

Above picture provided by Jacques Barralon

The name “EUROPASS” refers to the common “EURO” pass between the two host countries of Austria and Switzerland. It also represents every pass the players will make on the pitch during UEFA EURO 2008. Last but not least, it signifies the co-operation among all the fans who will make their way to Austria and Switzerland for the final competition.    

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The adidas “EUROPASS” combines tradition with modernity. Its classic colouring – a white base colour with black dots – calls to mind the balls of bygone decades, yet its bonding with round dynamic elements in silver and red results in an innovative and very modern design which perfectly suits the host countries. Both countries combine tradition with creativity and a strong record of innovation in developing new products. The national flags of both countries have also been integrated into the ball design, with eight circles in a subtle silver effect. The 12 black dots contain individual graphic elements developed by UEFA to accompany the EURO logo. These elements stand for passion, friendship, action, training, fans and the winning goal, which appear as watermarks in the black dots of the adidas “EUROPASS”.   

Like +Teamgeist, the official match ball of the 2006 FIFA World Cup™, the adidas “EUROPASS” is constructed out of 14 panels using revolutionary Thermal Bonding Technology. This combined with the new PSC-Texture™ surface structure gives the “EUROPASS” its perfect handling characteristics and allows the players exceptional ball control. The unique outer skin improves power transmission, creates greater swerve and increases accuracy on the pitch, in all conceivable weather conditions. And for the goalkeeper too, providing a much better grip between glove and ball, substantially improves his catching of the ball.   

The ground-breaking performance features of the adidas “EUROPASS” have been demonstrated in comprehensive comparison tests at Loughborough University in England and in countless checks in the adidas football laboratory in Scheinfeld.  

adidas’ experience in football manufacturing is unsurpassed anywhere in the world, and is leading the industry in the production of the most modern and innovative balls since 1963. Since 1970, adidas has provided the official match ball for all major UEFA and FIFA tournaments. From 2008, adidas will also make the official ball for the Africa Cup of Nations organised by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).    

Thank you Peter Schönamsgruber from Eislingen/Fils  Germany for the above picture

In the future, adidas will continue to use innovative technology to extend its world-leading position in football production and thus strengthen its position as the authentic symbol for high-performance sports articles for professionals and amateurs alike. adidas also intends to unveil more revolutionary innovations in match ball production for the UEFA, FIFA and CAF competitions.

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EUROPASS – Gloria – Final game ball, Vienna

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(Above Picture compliments of Miguel Ángel Rodríguez Fernández) 

adidas presents the ball for the

 UEFA EURO 2008TM Final  

Herbert Hainer presents Michel Platini with the adidas “EUROPASS gloria”

 Vienna/Herzogenaurach, 30 April 2008 – Today, in the Oval Hall of Vienna’s MuseumsQuartier cultural complex, adidas and UEFA presented the adidas “EUROPASS gloria”, the official ball for the Final of UEFA EURO 2008™.  Herbert Hainer (adidas AG Chairman and CEO) presented the silver ball with black dots to UEFA President Michel Platini. The “EUROPASS gloria” was created specifically for the most important match of the UEFA European Football Championship 2008™ and will only be used for the Final of UEFA EURO 2008™, which takes place in Vienna on 29 June 2008. 

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Based on the Henri Delaunay Trophy, the “EUROPASS gloria” shimmers silver and, like the “EUROPASS”, has twelve black dots, combining modernity with tradition. The suffix “gloria” in the ball’s name stands for the fame and glory that will be enjoyed by the winner of UEFA EURO 2008™. The name “EUROPASS” symbolizes the common “EURO” pass between the two host countries of Austria and Switzerland. It also represents every pass the players will make on the pitch during UEFA EURO 2008™. Last but not least, it signifies the cooperation among all the fans who will make their way to Switzerland and Austria for the final competition.    

In eight white circles, the national flags of Austria and Switzerland have been integrated into the silver ball design. The twelve black dots contain the Henri Delaunay Trophy as well as graphic designs typical of all the nations that have left the pitch as champions with the Henri Delaunay Trophy in hand since the inception of the UEFA European Football Championship™.

 Like the “EUROPASS” and the +TeamgeistTM, the official match ball of the 2006 FIFA World Cup™, the adidas “EUROPASS gloria” is constructed out of 14 panels using revolutionary Thermal Bonding Technology. This combined with the new PSC-Texture™ surface structure gives the “EUROPASS gloria” its perfect handling characteristics and allows the players exceptional ball control. The unique outer skin improves power transmission, creates greater swerve and increases accuracy on the pitch, in all conceivable weather conditions.

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1988 Official Ball of the European Championships – Tango Europa

Tango Europa1 1988 Official Ball of the European Championships - Tango Europa
Tango Europa2 1988 Official Ball of the European Championships - Tango Europa
Tang Europa3 1988 Official Ball of the European Championships - Tango Europa

Above Pictures Provided By Reg Wong, Thanks!

Europa_Tango2 1988 Official Ball of the European Championships - Tango Europa

The above picture is another version with an UEFA Logo and made in France

Picture provided by D. Duinkerken – Thanks!

1988 Tango Europa Euro Ball and box 1988 Official Ball of the European Championships - Tango Europa
88 Euro balls 1988 Official Ball of the European Championships - Tango Europa

Above two pictures with original box provided by Jacques Barralon

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1984 Official Ball of the European Championships – Tango Mundial

Mundial-Tango 1984 Official Ball of the European Championships - Tango Mundial
EURO_1984 1984 Official Ball of the European Championships - Tango Mundial

Above Picture of the REPLICA Tango Mundial Provided By Jens Badinski

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1980 Official Ball of the European Championships – Tango River Plate

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1972 Official Ball of the European Championships – Telstar

1970 Telstar Durlast 1 1972 Official Ball of the European Championships - Telstar

Above picture provided by Jacques Barralon

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.


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1968 Official Ball of the European Championships – Telstar Elast

1968 Telstar Elast 2 1968 Official Ball of the European Championships - Telstar Elast

Above picture provided by Jacques Barralon

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Icon Official Match Ball of the 1999 Women’s World Cup

Ball-ICONWomensWorldCup99 Icon Official Match Ball of the 1999 Women's World Cup

Engineered to the same specifications as the Equipment Tricolore (the Official Match ball of World Cup France 98′), the Adidas Equipment Icon was FIFA’s Official Matchball for the Women’s World Cup in 1999. This ball was the first one designed specifically for the Women’s World Cup.  Unlike traditional soccer balls, the Equipment Icon uses the same syntactic foam technology which debuted in the Equipment Tricolor at France 98′. According to Adidas, “syntactic foam’s tight, uniform matrix of gas-filled micro-balloons distributes energy more equally, enabling more rebound characteristics that make the ball faster and more accurate off the foot”.  The Equipment Icon’s design features colorful “icons” from the eight venue cities of Women’s World Cup 99′ including: San Jose, San Francisco, Portland (OR.), Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Boston, and Washington D.C.  These icons are integrated into the Adidas “Tango” pattern, with an overlay of stars in honor of the US flag.  FIFA approved. The Equipment Icon is only the second ball to feature the Adidas Equipment logo.

Sizes: 5

Information and pictures supplied by Alexander Djolev from Sofia, Bulgaria

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Official World Cup 1998 Tricolore Soccer Ball

WC Tricolore 1998 Official World Cup 1998 Tricolore Soccer 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 soccer ball that was in color. The TRICOLORE used underglass print technology with a thin layer of syntactic foam.

tricolre 3 Official World Cup 1998 Tricolore Soccer Ball

The above picture was provided by Sebastiano Calì from Italy. Thanks!

The above Tricolore soccer ball (football) picture provided by Sheridan Bird. Visit  www.sheridanbird.com.

Tricolore ball on stand Official World Cup 1998 Tricolore Soccer Ball

Thank you Jacques Barralon for the above picture.

Featured a newly engineered hi-tech syntactic foam layer. This new foam material had better compression and more explosive rebound characteristics, making the ball softer and faster than its predecessor, Questra. The first World Cup ball in color was a revolutionary concept in ball surface design. 

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Was the first ever multi-colored Match Ball. France’s flag and national colors (the Tricolore) and the “cockerel” the traditional symbol of the French nation and Football Federation, inspired the ball’s name and design.

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Official World Cup Etrvsco Soccer Ball 1990

WC Etrusco Unico 1990 Official World Cup Etrvsco Soccer Ball 1990

Etrvsco Unico –  Italy, 1990

The first ball with an internal layer of black polyurethane foam.

The above picture was provided by Sebastiano Calì from Italy. Thanks!

1990 Etrusco Unico World Cup ball R Official World Cup Etrvsco Soccer Ball 1990

The above picture was provided by Jacques Barralon – The “R” indicates the official ball while “TM” was used for balls made after the 1990 World Cup.

This ball was a high-tech product which was manufactured entirely from quality synthetic fibers. The lowest covering consisted of textiles impregnated with latex for form stability and resistance to tearing, the neoprene layer made the ball water-tight and the outer skin made of polyurethane layers was used for abrasion resistance and good rebound properties. The name and intricate design took their inspiration from Italy’s magnificent, ancient history and the contributions and fine art of the Etruscans. Three Etruscan lion heads decorate each of the 20 Tango triads.

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Official World Cup 1986 Azteca Soccer Ball

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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 above picture was provided by Sebastiano Calì from Italy. Thanks!

1986 World Cup Balll red Official World Cup 1986 Azteca Soccer Ball

The above “red letter” ball picture was provided by Jacques Barralon

1986 World Cup Balll black -1 Official World Cup 1986 Azteca Soccer Ball

The above “black letter” ball (made in France) picture was provided by Jacques Barralon

A completely new model was developed for the World Cup in Mexico. The Azteca Mexico was a hand-sewn ball, and for the first time, synthetic material, rather than leather was used to produce it. The ball consisted of an outer polyurethane wearing coat and three lower layers, which mutually complemented one another with their different “Adicron” structures. These were intended to ensure the ball’s resistance, ability to retain its shape and its waterproof properties. With its never-before-achieved performance on hard ground, at high altitude, and in wet conditions, Azteca represented a massive leap forward for the game. Its elaborately decorated design was inspired by the hosting nation’s native Aztec architecture and murals.