adidas EURO Official Match Ball History

After bringing you the news that the official match ball of Euro 2012 will be the adidas Tango 12, are pleased to show you the ball in all its historical glory.

And as you can see, it’s a ball steeped in is history!

1972: Telstar Mexico

32-panel Official Match Ball featuring a new polyurethane coating – Durlast – which increased the water resistance of the leather ball.

1976: Telstar

The adidas Telstar featured an enhanced lamination of the Durlast material to further reduce water uptake.

1980: Tango River Plate

New iconic Tango design giving the ball a unique look, which then remained until 2000. The ball also featured an improved Durlast material and an enhanced lamination process made the ball even more water-resistant.

1984: Tango Mundial

The first non-leather ball featuring a new polyurethane material with an enhanced layering system to increase the cushioning of the ball. This was the first time that the UEFA EURO Official Match Ball featured a UEFA EURO bespoke design for the tournament.

1988: Tango Europa

An enhanced polyurethane and seam sealing was added to protect the ball against water penetration.

1992: Etrusco Unico

A bespoke design language featuring lion heads inspired by the Etruscan history in addition to a new polyurethane foam.

1996: Questra Europa

A new polyurethane foam was added to increase the touch and cushioning of the ball. The design was inspired by the English rose and the three lions of the English Federation.

2000: Terrestra Silverstream

An improved foam construction was added to further enhance cushioning of the ball, and the technical execution of the Tango design was inspired by the rivers and sea in the Netherlands and Belgium.

2004: Roteiro

The Roteiro was a breakthrough in football development being the first non-hand stitched football in history. A new thermal bonded technology made the ball more resistant, increased touch and significantly reduced water uptake. The design and name were inspired by Vasco da Gama, the great Portuguese explorer, and included a light blue / silver base colour which highlighted Portugal as a nation of discoverers.


New panel system developed with a special texture on the surface of the ball to provide players and goalkeepers with a better grip on the ball. The design was also a new and contemporary interpretation of the Telstar design.

So that’s it! Let’s just hope the new Tango 12 has more luck than the Jabulani!

What’s your favourite adidas ball of the past? What do you think of the Tango 12? Let us know via the comments section below or on our Twitter and Facebook pages.

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