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.
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.
The above pictures are from Alberto Izaguirre Serrano, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
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.
From Alberto Izaguirre Serrano, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico:
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 Tricolore, Icon and Terrestra Silverstream. Adidas indicated the balls where softer, faster and more durable.
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”.
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
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.
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.