Official 2010 World Cup match ball “JABULANI” launched

chrisonderstall

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Today in Cape Town, Adidas and FIFA present the Adidas "JABULANI", the Official Match Ball for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa. The "JABULANI", which means "to celebrate" in isiZulu, features a South African inspired design and radically new technology. The new match ball will be available in retail from December 5th onwards.

The newly developed "Grip'n'Groove" profile provides the best players in the world with a ball allowing an exceptionally stable flight and perfect grip under all conditions. Comprising only eight, completely new, thermally bonded 3-D panels, which for the first time are spherically moulded, the ball is perfectly round and even more accurate than ever before.

The name:

The name "JABULANI" originates from the indigenous language isiZulu, one of the eleven official languages of the Republic of South Africa, which is spoken by almost 25% of the population. Literally translated, "JABULANI" means "to celebrate". Football is a passion that unites the world. The name of the new match ball appropriately pays tribute to the passionate football celebration international fans will enjoy in South Africa next summer.

The design:

Eleven different colours are used in the Adidas "JABULANI", the eleventh Adidas World Cup ball. These 11 colours represent the 11 players in every team, the 11 official languages of South Africa and the 11 South African communities that make the country one of the most ethnologically diverse countries on the African continent. The colourful design brings together the tremendous diversity of the country in harmonious unity. Four triangle-shaped design elements on a white background lend the ball a unique appearance in African spirit. And like the outer facade of Johannesburg's Soccer City Stadium, individual design elements also capture the colourfulness of South Africa.

3-D panel shapes:

The Match Ball for the 2010 FIFA World Cup features a completely new, ground-breaking technology. Eight 3-D spherically formed EVA and TPU panels are moulded together, harmoniously enveloping the inner carcass. The result is an energetic unit combined with perfect roundness. Following the first tests, players all over the world are enthusiastic and are promising many goals with the new ball.

See images of the ball here - http://www.shine2010.co.za/Community/blogs/goodnews/archive/2009/12/04/official-2010-world-cup-match-ball-jabulani-launched.aspx
 

Positively Negative

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this should be in the sports/football section but yeah its ok.i wouldve liked something more vibey.its decent though
 

gpe

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I like it compared to the previous footballs.. the patterns way more colorful
 
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