The Adidas Tango is a successful family and brand of association footballs 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. Adidas has recently introduced the Tango 12 which was named to be a reminder of the older Tango family of balls, although it uses modern construction techniques.
The 1978 Tango Durlast has twenty identical panels with 'triads' created the impression of 12 circles. It was the most expensive ball in history, at the time, with a $299.95 price tag(£50, adjusted by inflation£243). Like its predecessors, the Adidas Tango Durlast was made of genuine leather and boasted the shiny waterproofing Durlast coating.
Made in Sialkot, Pakistan, Tango España by Adidas was the official match ball of 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain. The Tango España had improved water resistant qualities through its rubberized seams. These were not very resistant and resulted in the ball having to be changed several times during some games. This ball was the last genuine leather ball to be used in the World Cup.
|Year||Tango variation||Competition||Additional information|
|1978||Adidas Tango Durlast / Tango River Plate||1978 FIFA World Cup||The ball was initially introduced as the Tango Durlast, however further production models were also branded as Tango River Plate. Replica variations include the Tango Rosario |
|1980||Adidas Tango Italia||1980 European Football Championship||Possibly a branded version of the Tango River Plate |
|1982||Adidas Tango España||1982 FIFA World Cup||Replica variations include the Tango Barcelona. Other variations include the Tango Mundial, Tango Alicante, Tango Malaga and Tango Indoor |
|1984||Adidas Tango Mundial||1984 European Football Championship|
|1984||Adidas Tango Sevilla||1984 Summer Olympics||Used for the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympic Games - compared to previous Tango the only addition is the competition logo |
|1988||Adidas Tango Europa||1988 European Football Championship|
|2011 - onwards||See Adidas Tango 12||See Adidas Tango 12||New design Adidas Tango, including Adidas Tango Argentina 12, Torfabrik, Comoequa, The Albert, Prime and Adidas Tango 12|
Other variations of the Tango ball seen include: Tango Roma, Tango Napoli, Tango Munich, Tango Scorpion, Tango Mendoza, Tango Gol, Tango Indoor Ball, Tango Tournoi  For the newer family of footballs that are branded Tango please see Adidas Tango 12.
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