The +Teamgeist (German pronunciation: [ˈtiːmgaɪ̯st]) ball was the official football for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. The plus sign in its name was introduced for trademark purposes, since the regular German word Teamgeist, meaning "team spirit", could not be trademarked.
The ball was designed by the Adidas Innovation Team and the Molten Corporation and is made by Adidas, which has provided the balls used in all World Cup matches since the 1970 World Cup when the Telstar was introduced. The +Teamgeist ball differs from previous balls in having just 14 curved panels (making the ball topologically equivalent to a truncated octahedron), rather than the 32 that have been standard since 1970. Like the 32 panel Roteiro which preceded it, the +TeamGeist panels are bonded together, rather than stitched. It is claimed to be rounder and to perform more uniformly regardless of where it is hit, and being almost waterproof, it does not get heavier in wet weather.
Each of the 32 qualified federations received 40 match balls for training purposes.
Match balls for the 2006 FIFA World Cup were personalized with the name of the stadium, the teams, the match date, and the kick-off time of each individual game, under a protective coating.
A special match ball was used for the final game — the "+Teamgeist Berlin". The design is the same as the other match balls, but accented in gold, with black and white details. Both qualified federations (France and Italy) received 20 of these versions for training purposes.There is also a gold +Teamgeist ball.
The balls were made in Sialkot, Pakistan and Chonburi, Thailand, using synthetic leather from South Korea, layer of foam from Japan, bladder from India and cotton material from Vietnam. Most of the workers were female.
|FIFA Approved standard||Teamgeist measurements|
|Circumference||68.5 – 69.5 cm||69.0 – 69.25 cm|
|Diameter||≤ 1.5% difference||≤ 1.0% difference|
|Water absorption||≤ 10% weight increase||≤ 0.1% weight increase|
|Weight||420 - 445 g||441 - 444 g|
|Shape and size retention||2000 cycles at 50 km·h−1||3500 cycles at 50 km·h−1|
|Rebound test||≤ 10 cm||≤ 2 cm|
|Loss of pressure||≤ 20%||≤ 11%|
The Teamgeist was the first World Cup ball to not have the traditional 32 panels. Instead, the ball is made up of 14 panels, which means that the number of three-panel touch points is reduced by 60% (60 to 24) and the total length of the panel lines falls by over 15% (400.5 cm to 339.3 cm). Building on the introduction of thermal bonding technology in 2004, the Teamgeist ball is the first time Adidas has used this in a World Cup. Loughborough University conducted extensive comparative testing on the ball, along with the Adidas football laboratory in Scheinfeld, Germany.
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. It is a 14-panel ball in the same construction as the Teamgeist, but with new PSC (creeps) surface design. For the final a silver version, the Europass Gloria, was used.
|Official UEFA European Championship Ball
Adidas Tango 12
While Swiss international Johann Vogel and David Beckham, both sponsored by Adidas, and others were reported to be happy with the new ball, it was criticized by many top players before the World Cup. Players such as Brazil's Roberto Carlos and Paul Robinson of England were among the critics of the new ball, claiming it was too light and had a vastly different performance when wet. The ball has fewer seams, reducing air resistance.
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