My Story:

This Adidas Jabulani 2010 South Africa FIFA World Cup match ball heralds in another new breakthrough for Adidas, or this is at least what they want us to sincerely believe, as it is rounder and more accurate than before.  According to Soccer Bible: The name “Jabulani” originates from the Bantu language isiZulu, one of the eleven official languages of the Republic of South Africa, and literally translated it means “to celebrate”.  Eleven different colours are used on the adidas “Jabulani”, representing 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 four triangle-shaped design elements on a white background lend the ball a unique appearance in African spirit.


The Official Story:

The adidas ball for the 2010 FIFA World Cup features completely new, ground-breaking technology. Eight 3-D spherically formed EVA and TPU panels are moulded together, resulting in an energetic unit combined with perfect roundness.  The ground-breaking performance features of the adidas “JABULANI” have been confirmed by comprehensive tests at Loughborough University in England, and countless checks in the wind tunnel and the adidas football laboratory in Scheinfeld, Germany.

The innovative technology includes aero grooves clearly visible on the ball’s surface, and this Grip’n’Groove profile covers the entire ball.  The purpose of the integrated grooves is to provide unmatched flight characteristics, to make this the most stable and most accurate adidas ball ever.  And this texture also gives fantastic grip for the players to have full control over the ball in all weather conditions.



Technical Story:

Made in China.

FIFA Approved Code: 202.A8J

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