Adidas Tango

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Historical Adidas Tango

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.

Tango Durlast[edit]

The 1978 Tango Durlast has twenty identical panels with 'triads' created the impression of 12 circles. Like its predecessors, the Adidas Tango Durlast was made of genuine leather and boasted the shiny waterproofing Durlast coating.

Tango España[edit]

Adidas Tango España.

The 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.[citation needed] This ball was the last genuine leather ball to be used in the World Cup.[1]

Tango variations[edit]

Year Tango variation Competition Additional information
1978 Adidas Tango Durlast 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 [2]
1980 Adidas Tango River Plate 1980 European Football Championship Tango River Plate [3]
1982 Adidas Tango España 1982 FIFA World Cup Replica variations include the Tango Barcelona.[2] Other variations include the Tango Mundial, Tango Alicante, Tango Malaga and Tango Indoor [4]
1984 Adidas Tango Mundial 1984 European Football Championship
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 [5][6]
1988 Adidas Tango Europa 1988 European Football Championship
Adidas Tango Séoul 1988 Summer Olympics
2012 Adidas Tango 12 2012 European Football Championship 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 [7]

For the newer family of footballs that are branded Tango please see Adidas Tango 12.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Soccerball World". Soccerball World. Retrieved 2014-03-06. 
  2. ^ a b "Nightly.net forum on rare soccer balls". Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "History of the Official European Championship Match Balls". Retrieved 21 Aug 2014. 
  4. ^ "Soccer Ball World: Tango Espana". Soccer Ball World. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "Soccer Ball World: Olympic Ball 1984". Soccer Ball World. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "(Spanish) Official ball of LA Olympics". Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  7. ^ "Soccer History Online: Match Balls". http://wayback.archive.org/web/20120623125256/http://www.soccerhistoryonline.com/1052107110631048--match-balls.html. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Telstar
Official World Cup Ball
1978
Succeeded by
Tango España
Preceded by
Tango
Official World Cup Ball
1982
Succeeded by
Azteca
Preceded by
Telstar
Official UEFA European Championship Ball
1980-88
Succeeded by
Etrusco Unico