We brought you news of the launch date and probable colours of the new Adidas ball for the upcoming World Cup to be held in South Africa. Now, we bring you a picture of the ball before it is launched officially on the 4th December. The name is Adidas Jabulani, meaning to celebrate in the isiZulu language, which is spoken by 25% of South Africa’s population. The magic number behind this ball is 11: it has 11 different colours but the main colours are (as announced earlier) white, black and yellow. These 11 colours represent the number of players in a football line-up, the 11 official language in the host country, and the 11 South African communities. The diversity of all these 11 aspects is put together on one ball, which will be used for the world’s greatest football event, the World Cup.
New technology was developed by German manufacturers Adidas for this special ball, using 8 three-dimensional spherical EVA and TPU panels, and combining them to make the ball perfectly round for better on-pitch play. The players testing this ball praised the new technology and promised to score many goals as it provides exceptional accuracy and very stable flight. When it comes to goalkeepers, the ball provides perfect grip under all conditions. The new ball will be unveiled in the FIFA ceremony where the fixtures and groups for the summer event will be drawn, to be held on the 4th December at the Cape Town Convention Centre. Pre-orders are still being received at Kitbag, and now you know what you are pre-ordering.
Posted on November 30, 2009