adidas Soccer: UEFA EURO 2012 Match Ball — The Tango 12

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Dec 2, 2011

First adidas released some pictures and facts about the new EURO 2012 match ball , and now we get a look inside the lab where it was created. Clearly lots of science and technology went into this. I always dig videos where I get to see the process that goes into making something and this appealed to that side of me. Looks like a pretty serious lab too.

Inspired by tradition, made for today’s game. Based on the classic Tango design used during both the FIFA World Cup™ and UEFA EURO™ tournaments during the early 1980s, the adidas Tango 12 features a modern interpretation of the design including a colored outline inspired by the flags of the two host nations — Poland and Ukraine. Etched into the Tango design are three bespoke graphics which celebrate the decorative art of paper cutting, a tradition in the rural areas of both host countries and link to the key characteristics of football — unity, rivalry and passion.

Complementing the design, the adidas Tango 12 features a series of triangular panels that are thermally bonded together to ensure a true, stable flight path. Covering each panel of the ball is a grip texture which supports boot to ball contact and enhances ball control. Beneath the outer surface of the ball lies a woven carcass and a new bladder for increased air retention and reduced water uptake.

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