My Story:

This Adidas Jo’bulani 2010 South Africa FIFA World Cup Final 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.  And this is the second time a different colour scheme was produced by Adidas for use in a World Cup finals.  According to Soccer Bible: The new name of the ball is inspired from the Final’s destination – Johannesburg – or Jo’burg as it is commonly known.  Hence Jabulani + Jo’burg = Jo’Bulani!  The Grip’n’Groove profile remains, but the major difference is the addition of 11 golden threads.  The Eleven represents 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 finals was held at the Soccer City in Johannesburg, South Africa and Spain defeated Netherlands 0-1 in normal regulation time.


The Official Story:

The adidas ball for the 2010 FIFA World Cupfinal in Johannesburg 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


  1. hitesh
    July 7, 2014

    hey buddy i am seeking your help, if u can help me locate where to buy match ball for the 2006 and 2010 world cup gold with no country print.. i was wondering if u culd help me locate for my collection

    • Wilson Chia
      July 21, 2014

      You can search on ebay, there is plenty on sale.


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