Adidas Tango 12

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Monumental Adidas Tango 12, Kiev

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).[citation needed] 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]


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[edit]

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[edit]


  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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Preceded by
UEFA European Championship official ball
Succeeded by
Beau Jeu