Euro 2012 football – adidas TANGO 12 ball

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Not just a football more a highly engineered sporting sphere

A busy year of sport is eagerly expected for 2012 and 2013 including some of the most widely viewed events around the world: The London Olympics Games, The Rugby Lions Tour of Australia and of course the UEFA European Football Championship held by joint hosts Poland and Ukraine.

The 2008 European championships, or Euros, held in Austria and Switzerland attracted circa 155 million live TV viewers over the tournament, a 33.9% increase on the 2004 Euros.

It is tradition that a new football is designed for every UEFA Euros and FIFA World Cup. The 2012 UEFA Euros is no exception and adidas, the official match ball supplier have designed the novel TANGO 12 football.

This ball is based on the modern FIFA 2010 World Cup football the ‘Jabulani’ (The most widely purchased football of all time, selling over 13 million replicas in 2010) and the balls of yesteryear; Tango River Plate (1980), Tango Mundial (1984) and Tango European (1988).

The TANGO 12 ball incorporates a 32 panel construction where the panels are thermally bounded together. This method forms the seams that are commonly expected on modern footballs, and then a protruding micro surface texture is applied to the outer surface. With 100’s of hours spent on wind tunnel testing, robot kicking trials and player testing, the design, dimensions and distribution of the surface textures (seams and micro texture) have been extensively measured and optimised. This ensures the ball produces a favourable performance, in terms of dynamic and aerodynamic characteristics. It also meets all FIFA denomination programme regulations and undergone rigorous durability tests as shown in the video in the link below:

It is clear from this video that footballs are much more than just the fancy graphics and advertising…

So next time you pick up a football take a closer look and see whether it is glued or stitched, 32 or 24 panels, smooth or micro surface textured.

Sports engineering is still in its infancy and the sophisticated equipment like this with the help of the adidas innovation team, Loughborough Sports Technology Institute and other innovative technical departments, within sporting goods brands, are all helping to push forward the boundaries of science in sport that gives benefits to every sports enthusiast.

Article by David Rogers

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There has been 3 responses to “Euro 2012 football – adidas TANGO 12 ball”

  1. Wolfram Klug says:

    I love sport and technology and been working in the field for 12 years now… I like innovation and visionary thinking. Still I dont know what exactly is the motivation behind a new design for the ball… sport? Results? performance? Commercial? what is your guess?

  2. trevor says:

    Dear sirs, i find it unbelievable that Fifa and adidas could come out with another beach ball, like the jubulani, with all the complaints that brought. Having watched a few games in this Euro competition, and seeing the ball again swerving and flying over the bar, surely they must learn the lesson. These bonded footballs are rubbish. It is just to find the sports scientists something to do. Adidas have had great balls in the past, ie the Tango, that had no complaints from the players. All they have to do is change a colour on the panels, and keep the same design. The biggest complaint is something these scientist have never considered,
    and that is GRASSROOT FOOTBALL CLUBS. These clubs make up 99% of the football world, and these clubs struggle for money every season. When these bonded footballs puncture THEY CANNOT BE REPAIRED unlike a stitch football. Grassroot clubs cannot afford to buy footballs at silly prices, and have to throw them away when they burst, and they can puncture at any time as these clubs play on playing fields near hawthorn bushes. The thorns burst footballs on a regular basis. Come on Adidas, think of Grassroot football, and not profit.

  3. HyperEnglishman says:

    After purchasing one of these balls and having played with it a good few weeks, I am starting to realise why nobody scores free kicks anymore.Underneath the outer shell is a strange sponge like substance, that removes all power from any shots. It good for tictak footy ,thats about it.

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