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The Albert 2012 Olympic Soccer Ball

OLYMPICS 2012 – The Albert

Adidas presents the official match ball for the London 2012 Olympic Games football tournament – ‘THE ALBERT’

London, 1st March, 2012 – The Albert, the official match ball to be used at the London 2012 Olympic Games football tournament was officially revealed today at The City of Coventry Stadium by Tom Cleverley of Manchester United and Robert Ashcroft, the 43 year old from Derbyshire who named the ball.

Tom Cleverley was on hand to present the ball to Robert Ashcroft, before they both stepped up to the penalty spot to be the first individuals to play with the ball in a London 2012 Olympic hosting stadium.

Cleverley said at the launch, “The Albert certainly has a unique name and striking identity. It is like no other ball I’ve seen before and it is going to really stand out on the pitch. The ball looks youthful and that is what London 2012 is meant to be about. The Olympic Games is going to be a huge event for Great Britain and if selected I would be delighted to represent Team GB.”

The name ‘The Albert’ was chosen after Adidas, Official Sportswear Provider for the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games, invited the Great British public to ‘name the ball’.

Over 12,000 unique names were suggested over a ten day period in February 2011 and the name of the ball was announced in July 2011, one year ahead of the football tournament.

The Albert carries the London 2012 logo and features additional design elements in striking colors from the London 2012colour palate. The ball will be used to kick off the Olympic Football Tournament in Cardiff on 25th July, two days before the Opening Ceremony.

Ashcroft submitted his suggestion of ‘The Albert’ with his own interpretation of cockney rhyming slang where he proposed the London iconic landmark ‘The Albert Hall’ could mean ‘Ball’. Information

Technology:

‘The Albert’ 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 is a woven carcass and a new bladder for increased air retention and reduced water uptake.

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‘The Albert’ meets and exceeds all FIFA Approved Standards for an Official Match Ball making it the most tested ball adidas has ever produced.

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Great Wall Star 2008 Olympic Soccer Ball

OLYMPICS 2008 – Great Wall Star

The Official soccer ball of the 2008 Olympic Games, dubbed “The Great Wall Star” has been unveiled. It is manufactured by adidas, an official partner of the Beijing Games. The gold Chinese characters on the mostly-red ball read ”Zhong Guo” which means “China.” The characters were painted by Nian Weisi, who is a former president of the Football Association of China.

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Pelias 2004 Olympic Soccer Ball

OLYMPICS 2004

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From Adidas:

A new football production concept has been developed to provide consistent quality and performance from one ball to the next for today’s faster and more technical game.

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The above pictures are from Alberto Izaguirre Serrano, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

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Above picture provided by Jacques Barralon


New Pelias ball, featuring Power Balance Technology, has a seamless surface design and a revolutionary new carcass.
The Pelias carcass features a new lamination technique and a machine stitching process, providing the most uniform dynamic properties for optimal balance, maximum energy return, and consistent trajectory. This is Power Balance Technology.
A new thermal bonding technique replaces traditional stitching, for a smoother, seamless surface with more responsiveness and ball contact sensitivity. The result is predictable trajectory, substantially less water uptake and maximum abrasion resistance.
The Pelias ball is the Official Match Ball of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens as well as the Official Match Ball for all FIFA events in 2004.

FIFA Approved
Material: Synthetic PU
Size: 5

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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

Used
in all the Japanese league matches in 2000

The following pictures are from Soccer Ball World visitor Sheridan Bird

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Etrusco 1992 Olympic Soccer Ball

OLYMPICS 1992

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Adidas Etrusco

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Tango Sevilla Olympic 1984 Soccer Ball

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OLYMPICS 1972 MUNICH Ball

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Super Lux for use during nighttime matches – Same design as the Telstar Duralast used in the 1974 World Cup

Thank you Jacques Barralon for the above picture

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OLYMPICS 2016 – Errejota

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ERREJOTA: Rio de Janeiro is inspiration for Adidas’ 2016 Official Match Ball

ERREJOTA represents the Brazilian city as the epicenter of culture and lifestyle that fuels and stimulates the whole world.

Rio de Janeiro, November 19, 2015 – If Brazil is the country of football, Rio de Janeiro is the football capital. Whether in pitches, in the suburbs, or on the beach, it is easy to find talents blooming all around the city. Inspired by the carioca warmth and vibrancy, Adidas introduces ERREJOTA, the new ball for the 2016 season.With a Brazilian DNA, ERREJOTA carries the green and yellow colors – a tribute to the country’s flag -in a wave design – a reference to the sidewalks along Rio’s beaches. Its technology is the same as in the renowned Brazuca FIFA World Cup 2014 Official Match Ball, featuring a symmetrical structure of six identical panels and an exclusive surface that provides more grip, contact, stability and aerodynamics on the pitch, in any weather conditions.

ERREJOTA’s Brazilian and Carioca (Rio de Janeiro lifestyle) roots are the subject of the new Adidas video “Incendeie o Jogo” (Fire Up the Game), which celebrates the football together with the Marvelous City. With a Trap Funk produced by DJ Jo„o Brasil and featuring MC Nego Do Borel, as well as the participation of the football players Gabriel Jesus (Palmeiras), Samir (Flamengo), Marlon (Fluminense), the synchronized swimmers Bia and Branca Feres, and national freestylers superstars. In the video, ERREJOTA becomes the core of Rio de Janeiro, showing the city’s scenery, such as Arpoador, Morro Dona Marta and also its main football fields.

“Adidas understands that Rio de Janeiro is Brazil’s heart, so we want ERREJOTA to represent not only this carioca soul, but also light up the fire and make the world’s hottest city boil” said Adidas president for Brazil Fernando Basualdo.

With the ball’s first appearance scheduled for the FIFA Club World Cup, the ERREJOTA will take the Carioca spirit to Japan on December 10th in the Yokohama International Stadium. The ball will also be used in all world championships organized by FIFA during the 2016 season, including Rio de Janeiro.

The ERREJOTA is also available in five-a-side, indoor, beach and mini (for children) versions. 

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Official match balls of the Olympic Games

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OLYMPICS 1996

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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.

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The ball pictured above is claimed to be USED IN THE FINAL MATCH of the Olympic soccer tournament (3rd august, 1996)

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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.