World Cup 2010 Match Day Ball Revealed

The official World Cup 2010 soccer ball from Adidas has been unveiled. Named Jabulani, the ball features a newly developed “Grip’n’Groove” ball technology, which provides an exceptionally stable flight and perfect grip under all conditions. With only eight, thermally bonded 3-D panels, which are spherically molded for the first time, the ball is perfectly round and more accurate than ever before.

The word “Jabulani,” translated literally, means “to celebrate.”

Eleven different colors are used in the adidas “JABULANI”, the eleventh adidas World Cup ball. These 11 colors represent the 11 players in every team, the 11 official languages of South Africa and the 11 South African tribes that make the country one of the most ethnologically diverse countries on the African continent. The colorful design brings together the tremendous diversity of the country in harmonious unity. Four triangle-shaped design elements on a white background lend the ball a unique appearance in African spirit. Like the outer facade of Johannesburg’s Soccer City Stadium, individual design elements capture the colorfulness of South Africa.

In addition to the above video, here are two photographs of the ball as well as more information on how to buy the Jabulani ball:

Cape Town / Herzogenaurach (December 4, 2009) – adidas and FIFA present the adidas “JABULANI,” the Official Match Ball for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa. The “JABULANI,” which means “to celebrate” in isiZulu, features a South African inspired design and radically new technology. The new match ball will be available in stores starting December 4.
The newly developed “Grip’n’Groove” ball technology provides an exceptionally stable flight and perfect grip under all conditions. With only eight, thermally bonded 3-D panels, which are spherically molded for the first time, the ball is perfectly round and more accurate than ever before.
The Name:
The name ”JABULANI” originates from the Bantu language isiZulu, one of the eleven official languages of the Republic of South Africa, and spoken by almost 25% of the population. Translated literally, “JABULANI” means “to celebrate”. The name of the new match ball appropriately pays tribute to the passionate football celebration international fans will enjoy in South Africa next summer.
The Design:
Eleven different colors are used in the adidas “JABULANI”, the eleventh adidas World Cup ball. These 11 colors represent the 11 players in every team, the 11 official languages of South Africa and the 11 South African tribes that make the country one of the most ethnologically diverse countries on the African continent. The colorful design brings together the tremendous diversity of the country in harmonious unity. Four triangle-shaped design elements on a white background lend the ball a unique appearance in African spirit. Like the outer facade of Johannesburg’s Soccer City Stadium, individual design elements capture the colorfulness of South Africa.
3-D Panel Shapes:
The Match Ball for the 2010 FIFA World Cup features a completely new, ground-breaking technology. Eight 3-D spherically formed EVA and TPU panels are molded together, harmoniously enveloping the inner carcass. The result is an energetic unit combined with perfect roundness. Following the first tests, players all over the world are enthusiastic about the new ball:

adidas 2010 FIFA World Cup Match Ball jabulani 1 World Cup 2010 Match Day Ball Revealed

adidas 2010 FIFA World Cup Match Ball jabulani 2 World Cup 2010 Match Day Ball Revealed

The official 2010 World Cup ball is available to order online. It’s a perfect present for soccer players or fans. Order it today.

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16 Responses to World Cup 2010 Match Day Ball Revealed

  1. I’ve acutally kicked this ball during testing – it’s heavy, and the bumps do acutally give a cool grip when it flies off your foot.

    I still preferred it when balls where black n white hexagons

  2. LS says:

    Woah….$150/ball for the “real deal”. There’s a good article on the Popular Science site:

    http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2009-12/science-behind-jubulani-adidass-2010-world-cup-soccer-ball

  3. Juan says:

    Just shocked to see you in a non-Premiership jersey!!!!

  4. The Gaffer says:

    I don’t own any Premier League jerseys. I’ve got a Miami Fusion shirt, several Swansea shirts, two England jerseys, a Barca shirt and I think that’s it.

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

  5. lochan says:

    ya nice ball ha haha…………………… lochan(nepal)

  6. abayomi says:

    but i felt a lot of goal-keepers complained bout the ball, anywayz, its alright

  7. CHAMP44 says:

    The awful loud and continuous buzzing sound during the South Africa
    and Mexico match sounded like 6 million buzzing bees which hurt my ears
    and my cat was flattening hers, if it continues many people will have
    hearing damage. It also made it very difficult to hear the commentators.
    I hope this row’s not going to be in every game, it’s not only very
    dangerous it’s very annoying and it spoilt the match. I reduced the volume right down and watched most of the game. Officials should stop it now.

    I’m looking forward to England V USA hopefully this god awful noise will
    not be allowed.

    CHAMP44

  8. pat tingle says:

    its bad enough having to put up with football day and night without having this awful buzzing spreading right through the house even when the volume is turned down low, This will ruin the cup for most fans and certainly annoy beyond measure those of us who are innocent bystanders,!

  9. A Dog says:

    This damn god Awful buzzing is almost enough to keep me from watching USA England and for sure if it does not stop I can’t bring myself to watch other (Less intersting to me) matches, it is soooooo freakin anoying, why are the officials allowing it?

  10. zeigal says:

    i thought this was a forum for discussing the new ball not bitchin about the fact that there is a lot of what we class unessesery noise but remember it south africa that is holding the tournament and those anoying noise macking things are a massive part of the south african fans enjoyment at the game, they take those things like we take flags. It’s part of the south african culture so get used to it!!!!!

  11. Steve says:

    After watching the first few games of the World Cup – I can honestly say this ball should never ever be used for the game of football. Why? because its the first time I have seen a Goalkeeper kick the ball – not particularly hard – which went beyond the other side of the pitch without even bouncing! It will make the game more like rugby than football in the future with Goalkeepers and Defenders scoring long shot goals – like dropped goals in rugby …..

  12. Hello Dear all

    i think the ball is heavy Weight . when the player kike the ball he fell very pain .
    ball design is very good and quality is also

    Thanks
    Shipon

  13. bretterz says:

    i have kicked the football and whaen you hit it without no curl on it, it just moves in the air

  14. Josh says:

    The ball IMHO is pretty lame. Why would the change the design from the original TANGO ITALY/ARGENTINA/ etc, etc…. classic, classy and screams WORLD CUP.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adidas_Tango

    Check it out.

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