Adidas confident Euro 2012 ball Tango 12 will not disappoint
Adidas officials insist its Tango 12 ball, to be used at Euro 2012 next summer, is its "most stable football ever"
Following the severe criticism of the Jabulani at the 2010 World Cup, Adidas has unveiled a completely redesigned ball for next summer’s European Championship in Poland and Ukraine.
The Tango 12, based on the classic design used during both the World Cup and European tournaments during the early 1980s, has “more stability than any other ball”, according to Adidas chief executive Herbert Hainer.
“We take every criticism seriously. We are developing the ball and the product we have. We have learned,” said Hainer. “The criticism of the ball was that when it was kicked hard it flew further than they thought.
“There were two aspects. First of all we try to make the ball as round as possible so it can fly faster. Secondly we played at altitude [in South Africa] and the ball flew further.
“Of course, we are taking all the criticism and input. This ball has more stability than any other ball. The matte finish gives more grip to the ball, which players like.”
The new ball 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.
And Hainer insists the Tango 12, which has been developed over two years, will not disappoint next summer after being put through rigorous tests.
He added: “The Tango 12 is a combination of many years of football tradition coupled with extensive player and lab testing to make it the most tested ball adidas has ever produced.”