My Story:

This ball is the 2009 South Africa FIFA Confederations Cup match ball that comes with the tournament logo and sold widely in retail.  The look at the surface texture and panels of the ball seem to show that it belongs to the same genre as the Adidas Teamgeist 2, Europass and  Terrapass with the FIFA Approved code of 202.A6W.  However a look at the designs of the Kopanya and Teamgeist 3 glider probably gives you a suspicion that this was supposed to be a Teamgeist 3 kind of ball but Adidas must have pulled the plug on it eventually.  The Kopanya is also used in the 2009 FIFA Under-20 World Cup held in Egypt and the 2009 FIFA Under-17 World Cup held in Nigeria.  

The word ‘kopanya’ comes from Southern Sesotho, an official language spoken by almost five million people throughout the rainbow nation. Literally translated, kopanya means “join together”.  A very appropriate term for an event that is meant to bring together continental champions and world champions, and introduce them to the 11 language nation that will host the world’s greatest sporting event in 2010.  A clear symbol of the first FIFA World Cup on the African continent, Kopanya’s unusual design was inspired by the artwork of the Ndebele people of Southern Africa.  The complex shapes and black contours are traditional Ndebele elements, and have been fused with the colourful vibrancy that typifies modern Ndebele artists.  A silver sheen provides a futuristic touch.

 

The Official Story:

Scientifically Engineered Micro-Texture Provides:

– More Power through greater friction between ball and boot.

– More Swerve due to increased spin rates.

– More Control thanks to greater contact between boot, glove and ball.

(Reference: the original Adidas box)

 

Technical Story:

Made in Thailand.

FIFA Approved Code: 202.A6W


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