Adidas Tango 12

The Adidas Tango 12 was the official match association football of the UEFA Euro 2012,[1] with variants being used for the 2012 Summer Olympics. The ball is named after the original and successful Adidas Tango family of footballs from the late 1970s, but the construction of the Tango 12 is completely different. Variations of the ball have been used in other contemporary competitions including the Africa Cup of Nations and the Summer Olympics – adidas has not categorised these football as the "Adidas Tango 12" family, however they are listed here due to their similar design.

The ball was officially presented on 2 December 2011, during the group draw for the final tournament in Kiev. UEFA count the Tango 12 as the fourth incarnation of the ball[1] although there have been other variations made in-between, The ball is reportedly designed to be easier to dribble and control than its predecessor the Adidas Jabulani (used during the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa). Tango 12 uses a construction design based on the Adidas Jabulani but heavily modified, thirty-two 2D panels instead of eight 3D panels. The latter ball was decried by several goalkeepers, including Brazilian Júlio César, who likened it to "one of those cheap balls you'd buy in a supermarket". Wendell Ramalho agreed, saying that the Adidas Jabulani is "very unpredictable especially over a great distance".[2]

The Adidas Tango 12 features a modern interpretation of the design including a coloured outline inspired by the flags of the two host nations – Poland and Ukraine.[3] Etched into the Tango design are three bespoke graphics which celebrate the decorative art of paper cutting, a tradition in the rural areas of both host countries which the designers say creates a link to the key characteristics of football – unity, rivalry and passion.[4]

Euro 2012
Monumental Adidas Tango 12, Kiev


Year Tango variation Competition Additional information
1978–1988 See Adidas Tango for the original family of balls See Adidas Tango
2011 Adidas Tango 2011 UEFA Super Cup
2011 Adidas Tango 2011–12 UEFA Europa League
2011 Adidas Tango Argentina 12 2011–12 Argentine Primera División season
2011 Torfabrik ("Goal Factory") 2011–12 Bundesliga
2012 Comoequa 2012 Africa Cup of Nations
2012 The Albert 2012 Summer Olympics
2012 Prime 2012 Major League Soccer
2012 Adidas Tango 12 Final Kyiv UEFA Euro 2012 Final Variation of the Adidas Tango 12 used in Euro 2012
2013 Adidas Cafusa 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup

The Tango variation for the 2011 UEFA Super Cup, the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League as well as the Torfabrik for the 2011–12 Bundesliga, use an older triangular grip texture instead of the newer, granular surface found on the Tango 12. Their construction is the same as the Tango 12; however, their appearance is similar to the Jabulani (excluding the UEFA Super Cup ball that applies respective colours and design).


Torfabrik (English: "Goal factory") has been the Adidas ball for the Bundesliga since the 2011–12 season. This replaced the 2010–11 season's Jabulani Torfabrik, based on the older Jabulani.

Adidas Cafusa

Adidas Cafusa
Adidas Cafusa, the official match ball of the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup.

For the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, Adidas produced the Cafusa.[5] The ball used the same technology and materials as the Tango 12 (and Torfabrik) although with a different design.[6]

Cafusa was unveiled during the draw for the competition. The name "Cafusa" (pronounced [kɐˈfuzɐ]) is a syllabic abbreviation of the words "carnaval" (Carnival), "futebol" (football) and "samba".[7] Former Brazil captain Cafu unveiled the ball.[7]

Cafusa was also used for the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup, the 2013 Paraguay Apertura, and the 2012–13 Venezuelan First Division.

See also


  1. ^ a b Ashby, Kevin; Adams, Sam (2 December 2011). "adidas Tango 12 unveiled as official ball". Union of European Football Associations. Retrieved 6 December 2011.
  2. ^ "Jabulani balls like from supermarket"
  3. ^ "Adidas's new Tango 12 ball moves on from the World Cup Jabulani". Daily Telegraph. 2 December 2011. Archived from the original on 3 April 2012. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
  4. ^ Adidas Tango 12 Official Match Ball of UEFA EURO 2012(
  5. ^ "adidas brazuca – tried and tested". Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Archived from the original on 2017-05-02. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
  6. ^ "Adidas question stream on Facebook". Adidas question stream on Facebook. Facebook. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
  7. ^ a b "Adidas Cafusa launched at Brazil 2013 draw". Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 1 December 2012. Retrieved 1 December 2012.

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UEFA European Championship official ball
Succeeded by
Beau Jeu
2013 FIFA Confederations Cup

The 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup was the ninth FIFA Confederations Cup, which was held in Brazil from 15 June to 30 June 2013 as a prelude to the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The most recent winners of the six continental championships appeared in the tournament, along with hosts Brazil and UEFA Euro 2012 runners-up Italy, who qualified because the Euro 2012 winners, Spain, had also won the most recent FIFA World Cup in 2010 thus securing a spot in the tournament.

Host nation, Brazil successfully defended their title with a 3–0 win over Spain in the final. It was their fourth Confederations Cup title and third in a row, after previous wins in 1997, 2005 and 2009.

According to then FIFA president Sepp Blatter, the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup was the best version of the tournament ever played. The competition was the first national team tournament to employ goal-line technology, which was also used at the 2014 World Cup.

2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship

2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship was the 19th staging of UEFA's European Under-21 Championship. The final tournament was hosted by Israel between the 5–18 June 2013.

The Israeli bid was chosen by UEFA's Executive Committee on 27 January 2011 in Nyon, Switzerland. This bid defeated the other bids from Bulgaria, Czech Republic, England and Wales.

Spain defended the title they won two years prior, winning their fourth title after defeating Italy 4–2 in the final.

Adidas Brazuca

The Adidas Brazuca was the official match ball of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which was held in Brazil. It is designed by the company Adidas, a FIFA Partner and FIFA World Cup official match ball supplier since 1970.

Adidas Europass

Europass was the official match ball for UEFA Euro 2008. The ball was officially presented on 2 December 2007 during the group draw for the final tournament. For the final, a silver version, the Europass Gloria, was used. The same ball but with different design (depending on competition) was used in UEFA Champions League from 2008 through 2009 and in 2009 UEFA Super Cup and 2009–10 UEFA Europa League.

The Terrapass, similar to Europass ball, was used in the 2009 European Under-21 and Women's European Championship, as well as some international matches.

Adidas Jabulani

The Jabulani is a football manufactured by Adidas. It was the official match ball for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.The ball is made from eight spherically moulded panels and has a textured surface intended to improve aerodynamics. Nevertheless, the ball received extensive criticism from players and coaches before and during the World Cup who said that the path of the ball through the air was unpredictable.

The ball was consequently developed into the Adidas Tango 12 series of footballs.

Adidas Tango

The Adidas Tango is a successful family and brand of association football balls first introduced as the Tango Durlast in 1978 for the 1978 FIFA World Cup in Argentina. Variations of the design had been produced for various competitions including the FIFA World Cup, the UEFA European Championship and the Summer Olympics. The Tango balls have had different names applied to them to distinguish them in their construction, the competitions they have been used for, and even if they are match or replica balls.

In 2011, Adidas introduced the Tango 12, but besides the name there are no particular similarities between the new ball and the old Adidas Tango family.

List of Olympic Football official match balls

The following balls were used in the football tournament of the Summer Olympic Games

Primeira Liga

The Primeira Liga (Portuguese: [pɾiˈmɐjɾɐ ˈliɣɐ]; English: Premier League), also known as Liga NOS for sponsorship reasons, is the top professional association football division of the Portuguese football league system. It is organised and supervised by the Liga Portuguesa de Futebol Profissional. As of the 2014–15 season, the Primeira Liga is contested by 18 teams, with the two lowest placed teams relegated to the Segunda Liga and replaced by the top-two non-reserve teams from this division (except in the 2018–19 season in which the three lowest placed teams are relegated to the Segunda Liga due to the integration in the Primeira Liga of Gil Vicente in the next season. However, the Portuguese Football Federation appealed to proceed with this integration as soon as possible.Founded in 1934 as an experimental league called Campeonato da Liga da Primeira Divisão, it was officialised in 1938 and named Campeonato Nacional da Primeira Divisão until 1999, when it was called Primeira Liga. A total of 70 teams have competed in the Primeira Liga, but only five have been crowned champions. Among them, the "Big Three" – Benfica (36 titles), Porto (28) and Sporting CP (18) – have won all but two Primeira Liga titles; the other winners are Belenenses (1945–46) and Boavista (2000–01).The Primeira Liga has increased its reputation in the last few years, occupying as of February 2017, the 7th place of UEFA's league ranking. It broke into the top five for the first time in the 2011–12 season, passing the French Ligue 1, one of the historical "big five" European leagues, for the first time since 1990. The Primeira Liga also reached a world ranking of 4th according to IFFHS's 2011 ranking.

UEFA Euro 2012

The 2012 UEFA European Championship, commonly referred to as UEFA Euro 2012 or simply Euro 2012, was the 14th European Championship for men's national football teams organised by UEFA. The final tournament, held between 8 June and 1 July 2012, was co-hosted for the first time by Poland and Ukraine, and was won by Spain, who beat Italy 4–0 in the final at the Olympic Stadium, Kiev, Ukraine.Poland and Ukraine's bid was chosen by UEFA's Executive Committee on 18 April 2007. The two host teams qualified automatically while the remaining 14 finalists were decided through a qualifying competition, featuring 51 teams, from August 2010 to November 2011. This was the last European Championship to employ the 16-team finals format in use since 1996; from Euro 2016 onward, it was expanded to 24 finalists.

Euro 2012 was played at eight venues, four in each host country. Five new stadiums were built for the tournament, and the hosts invested heavily in improving infrastructure such as railways and roads at UEFA's request. Euro 2012 set attendance records for the 16-team format, for the highest aggregate attendance (1,440,896) and average per game (46,481).

Spain became the first team to win two consecutive European Championships, and also three straight major tournaments (Euro 2008, 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012). Spain had already gained entry to the 2013 Confederations Cup by winning the 2010 World Cup, so runners-up Italy qualified instead. As at Euro 2008 in Austria and Switzerland, both 2012 host nations were eliminated in the group stage.

UEFA Euro 2012 Final

The UEFA Euro 2012 Final was a football match that took place on 1 July 2012 at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, to determine the winner of UEFA Euro 2012. Spain, who had won Euro 2008, successfully defended their title with a 4–0 win over Italy, becoming the first team to win two consecutive European Championships, and the first team to win three consecutive major tournaments – Euro 2008, the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012. It was the greatest margin of victory in the history of the European Championship finals, and the fourth time that teams who played each other in the group stage played each other again in the final (1988, 1996 and 2004).Usually, the winner of the European Championship gains entry to the Confederations Cup, which was played in Brazil in 2013. However, since Spain already qualified as the 2010 World Cup champions, Italy qualified automatically as the UEFA representative, with their win in the semi-final against Germany, despite losing in the final to Spain.

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