So, this is the official match ball to be used for the duration of the tournament this Summer. A splendidly….. unique and spherical effort by German giants adidas, this ball has been billed as the next best thing as far as, in the words of my father, kicking a hunk of leather around a football pitch is concerned.
Featuring “the highest-quality materials” and with “the highest FIFA rating”, adidas clearly aren’t pulling any punches with this incarnation, with the ball having jumped through all the necessary hoops of such tests as weight, water uptake, shape and size retention in the high-pressure test labs of their Herzogenaurach headquarters.
Hopefully the big-tournament hype brings about another exhibition of physically and aesthetically ridiculous goals like Torsten Frings’ opening-game howitzer in the 2006 World Cup, seen below;
N.B. Inflation Required