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Football Boots > 2010 World Cup Football - adidas JABULANI ball

With the World Cup Finals only days away, adidas and FIFA have shared the official Jabulani footballs for each World Cup match. Check them out right here on the SoccerBible!



This is the ball that will kick off the entire festival of football, when hosts South Africa take on Mexico on June 11th. For every match, adidas have produced a range of special Jabulani World Cup Footballs, each featuring an inscription of the date, venue and opponents. Then, 62 matches later, the two finalists will have their names added to the World Cup Final Jo'Bulani Football.


adidas have been a FIFA partner for over 40 years, and are still the official supplier to the tournament. So as well as the official match ball, adidas kit out each of the FIFA appointed referees for the World Cup, representing nations from all corners of the globe.



Representing England is Premier League official Howard Webb, who we're sure will avoid any Graham Poll-esque blunders in South Africa.  For the referees, adidas have customised their World Cup colourway adiPure III football boots:



These adiPure III's are expected to be worn by all the referees throughout the tournament, and feature three silver stripes as opposed to the official WC colourway's Sun Yellow versions.  Also added to the outside of each boot is the inscription "2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa".



So here is the official unveiling of the “JABULANI”, the Match Ball for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The SoccerBible has the official information, full images and player reaction to the new World Cup football.

The “JABULANI”, which means “to celebrate” in isiZulu, features a South African inspired design and some radical new technology. The newly developed “Grip’n’Groove” profile provides the players with an exceptional ball flight and perfect grip under all conditions. The official World Cup football is available to order now, and is expected to retail around £80 GBP.

The name ”JABULANI” originates from the Bantu language isiZulu, one of the eleven official languages of the Republic of South Africa, and literally translated it means “to celebrate”.

Eleven different colours are used on the adidas “JABULANI”, representing the 11 players in every team, the 11 official languages of South Africa and the 11 South African tribes that make the country one of the most ethnologically diverse countries on the African continent. The four triangle-shaped design elements on a white background lend the ball a unique appearance in African spirit. And like the outer facade of Johannesburg’s Soccer City Stadium, individual design elements also capture the colourfulness of South Africa.

The adidas ball for the 2010 FIFA World Cup features completely new, ground-breaking technology. Eight 3-D spherically formed EVA and TPU panels are moulded together, resulting in an energetic unit combined with perfect roundness. The ground-breaking performance features of the adidas “JABULANI” have been confirmed by comprehensive tests at Loughborough University in England, and countless checks in the wind tunnel and the adidas football laboratory in Scheinfeld, Germany.

The innovative technology includes aero grooves clearly visible on the ball’s surface, and this Grip’n’Groove profile covers the entire ball. The purpose of the integrated grooves is to provide unmatched flight characteristics, to make this the most stable and most accurate adidas ball ever. And this texture also gives fantastic grip for the players to have full control over the ball in all weather conditions.

To create and develop the adidas “JABULANI”, the ball received player testing in 2008 from AC Milan, FC Bayern München, Orlando Pirates and Ajax Cape Town. And the worldwide reaction to the ball has been exceptional, here are some of the world's best players who will be using the ball next summer:

Michael Ballack: “Fantastic, the ball does exactly what I want it to.

Frank Lampard: “A very strong ball, true to hit.”

Kaká: “For me, contact with the ball is all-important, and that’s just great with this ball.”

Only published comments... Dec 04 2009, 03:33 PM by Editor



NikeMercurialSuperfly said:


November 25, 2009 3:56 PM

LADA said:

same day as the draw

this ball should be high visability to say the least

November 26, 2009 3:50 AM

Keenan9 said:

realy nice glimpse of the ball

November 26, 2009 4:36 AM

aardvark said:

oh man! Ryan-F50 you made me laugh!

Im from South Africa. We have more then just animals here.

November 26, 2009 7:31 AM

crberts7 said:

its called the jabulini.

November 28, 2009 9:10 PM

CR9_RealMadrid said:

sounds good like:).

November 29, 2009 4:17 PM

CR9_RealMadrid said:

i love it:).

December 4, 2009 4:30 PM

VillA 4LiFe said:


December 4, 2009 4:42 PM

Ryan-F50 said:

Not bad

December 4, 2009 4:47 PM

illdthedj said:

its growing on me

December 4, 2009 4:57 PM

easleyblaze12 said:

its very nice

December 4, 2009 5:08 PM

Joe09Messi said:

I love it. Its totaly different from the last one.

December 4, 2009 6:33 PM

barcaloni said:

it was presented in the draw

December 4, 2009 6:35 PM

Mr Reesety said:

it looks awesome. i wonder if it will fly straight or be like a knuckle ball? but i think it is one of the coolest balls i've seen

December 4, 2009 6:50 PM

MUFC said:

i dont like the idea of even less panels... but great ball      wazza guna smash a few with that

December 4, 2009 7:16 PM

LADA said:

very nice not too flashy but definetly unique!

December 4, 2009 7:49 PM

BENGY said:

ooshi!!!! very nice

December 4, 2009 8:07 PM

RONALDO9 said:


December 4, 2009 8:08 PM

mthdog2003 said:


December 4, 2009 8:13 PM

NextNumber7 said:

looks light? ;D

December 4, 2009 8:24 PM

martincillo_mexico said:

like it similar to the last but how many panel have ?

December 4, 2009 8:30 PM

F.A Cup Glory said:

dis right here dis is hot..i mean damn..tht a good looking football

December 4, 2009 8:32 PM

Tiki said:


December 4, 2009 8:41 PM

crberts7 said:

thatsprettty sweet. i watnt that ball

December 4, 2009 9:28 PM

JimmyBullard94 said:

the pattern looks like the Europa Cup Match ball pattern. I liked the old teamgeists, not sure about this one.

December 4, 2009 11:26 PM

FCDelco14 said:

Looking at the world cup draws, as an english supporter, i would say England has a very good chance of going far in the world stage this time around... unlike how we failed to make Euro 08.

December 5, 2009 12:14 AM

mthdog2003 said:

yeah but you have to admit england NEVER should have been seeded so highly seeing as they havent been in a major tounrment for 4 YEARS. (COUGH COUGH EURO 2008)

December 5, 2009 12:46 AM

stricker32 said:

Thats a really nice ball.  I would love to try it out and see how it feels.

December 5, 2009 1:55 AM

FCDelco14 said:

mthdog, cough cough i mentioned Euro 08. and i could care less about the seeding. if u have a problem, contact FIFA. and good luck to ya.

December 5, 2009 2:20 AM

Manzo4 said:

i have to side with FCDelco on this one.

December 5, 2009 2:22 AM

mthdog2003 said:

@FCDelco14 - waitwaitwait.. FC Delco as in US Region 1 FC Delco??

December 5, 2009 2:37 AM

mthdog2003 said:

like youth soccer team, FC Delco?

December 5, 2009 2:42 AM

Steven4vapor said:

its nice but i was expecting more.

December 5, 2009 4:56 AM

thenextnumber7 said:

it keeps on improving. Nice!

December 5, 2009 10:06 AM

Mister Mbutu said:

Very nice! :)

December 5, 2009 10:26 AM

RONALDO9 said:

look forward to getting it

December 5, 2009 1:28 PM

soccerskillz_11 said:

Looks amazing! cant wait to see it in play. :))

December 5, 2009 5:03 PM

JoeDaKeeper01 said:

Thats very nice. :):)

December 5, 2009 7:30 PM

eoinmcd92 said:


December 5, 2009 8:54 PM

DamooVilla said:

nice ball but tbh i prefered the 06 cup ball

nd lmao ^^

December 5, 2009 9:42 PM

Tiki said:

this is already in my sports store and its really cool

December 6, 2009 3:32 AM

dan said:

looks great! its good how they've customised it for the world cup being held in africa. good one "eoinmcd92".

December 6, 2009 7:17 AM

SAMK12 said:

england have no chance of winning the world cup but they will make it to around the semis though

December 6, 2009 1:07 PM

quato10 said:


December 6, 2009 2:06 PM

MUFC said:

eoinmcd92 <----  hahahah    funny guy

December 6, 2009 4:52 PM

Hatem_mvp said:

so  awesome man

i bet world cup is gonna be interesting

cuz im going there


December 6, 2009 7:30 PM

Hatem_mvp said:

it wuz represented at the draw

December 6, 2009 7:31 PM

cr9 is better then messi said:

I'd like more the 2002 world cup ball

December 6, 2009 8:56 PM

cr9 is better then messi said:

I'd like more the 2002 world cup ball

December 6, 2009 8:57 PM

marlo_10 said:

looks awesome..agree wit the guy above me 2002 world cup ball was the ***!!awesome design

December 7, 2009 5:59 PM

d.mac 3 lcfc 4 eva said:


December 8, 2009 2:41 PM

simon722 said:

were nice

December 8, 2009 6:29 PM

HawkinsSportsStriker10 said:

this ball is amazing

December 8, 2009 9:17 PM

Vardar6 said:

LOVE IT! Cant wait for the world cup, its Englands year!

December 14, 2009 11:54 PM

AmmarTheBest said:

Nice ball!!! I'm going to get it when there's a discount!!!

December 22, 2009 3:10 AM

Kaanye said:

I ordered the ball 2day :)

December 23, 2009 5:41 PM

cronaldo9kaka8 said:

I have this ball, but in different color. It's awesome and it has amazing feel especially good for headers and long distance shots, cuz the ball swerves in the air, this ball is 5 stars!!!!

December 24, 2009 8:25 PM

rowanb said:

luv the grip on the balkl and the stadium shapes

April 10, 2010 8:30 PM

jazzovani said:

like the referees version AdipureIII!!

June 10, 2010 2:33 PM

SlickRick1001 said:

Mexicooo, I hope they win. Im praying i want them to go beyond quarters!

June 10, 2010 4:11 PM

acapmok said:

it is going to be a nightamare for goalkeeper

June 10, 2010 4:36 PM

wackyhasateam said:


June 10, 2010 7:11 PM

Real madrid Cr9 said:

Nice ball:)

June 10, 2010 10:00 PM

PNEFC96 said:

those adipures are amazingg!!

June 10, 2010 10:20 PM

gak8 said:

goalkeeps are protesting

June 11, 2010 1:18 AM

Jorge 11 said:

i like the cleats lol

June 11, 2010 1:21 AM

ronaldinho_still_rules said:

i want those adipures

i love them :D

June 12, 2010 8:10 AM

roryomalley said:

the new ball moves so much its crazzzy

June 12, 2010 11:41 PM

World Cup said:

Day 13 of the World Cup and it's going to be unlucky for someone, with the climax of Groups C and

June 23, 2010 11:31 AM

treasure4 said:

too bad everyone hates the ball :(

July 1, 2010 11:05 AM

tallkotten5 said:

i love it! :D

July 12, 2010 5:44 PM

sameen369 said:

aii ball diye voda banai chud'te moja ..

July 20, 2010 9:50 AM

nik-the-nike said:

Very nice ball but it's a floater

June 26, 2012 11:41 AM
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