My Story:

The first Nike ball to make waves and penetrate into the Enlgish Premier League.  The Geo Merlin is probably the ball that placed Nike on the map of world football, with the global appeal of the English top flight competition.  This ball does not have the fused panels but some websites call this the Geo Merlin Vapor which I believe belongs to the later version with the fused panels.  Which brings me to the write up below from, though it relates to the Geo Merlin Vapor, it really was describing the ball used in the 2001 to 2002 seasons.  Maybe some kind soul would enlighten me?


The Official Story:

Faster, rounder and FIFA approved, Nike’s Geo Merlin Vapor delivered the latest in Nike design and innovation. Developed around the revolutionary DART (Dynamic Acceleration Response and Touch) casing system, the Geo Merlin Vapor had everything from a softer touch to explosive speed.

Deadly accurate yet still extremely durable, the Geo Merlin Vapor had explosive power coming off the boot, improved softness and touch and excellent shape retention. The Geo Merlin Vapor also spawned the Nike Geo Chrome, as famously used in the Nike secret tournament adverts. .



Technical Story:

Made in Pakistan.

FIFA Approved Code: 259.J8S


  1. John Harland
    February 8, 2013

    Hi there,

    I have this ball, almost identical but mine has an additional symbol on the ball a Scorpion.

    Are you aware of this variant? Everything else matches up.. I can send a pic if you’d like.




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