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Football News > adidas Unveil 'The Albert' Official Olympic London 2012 Match Ball

The official ball for the Olympic games has been unveiled, and the very aptly named adidas 'The Albert' football features a unique colour scheme in keeping with London 2012. The ball itself is constructed using the latest adidas technology, but it's the unique design that will surely cause a lot of reaction...

The Albert, the official match ball to be used at the London 2012 Olympic Games football tournament was officially revealed at The City of Coventry Stadium by Tom Cleverley of Manchester United and Robert Ashcroft, the 43 year old from Derbyshire who named the ball. Tom Cleverley was on hand to present the ball to Robert Ashcroft, before they both stepped up to the penalty spot to be the first individuals to play with the ball in a London 2012 Olympic hosting stadium.



The name ‘The Albert’ was chosen after adidas, Official Sportswear Provider for the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games, invited the Great British public to ‘name the ball’. Over 12,000 unique names were suggested over a ten day period in February 2011 and the name of the ball was announced in July 2011, one year ahead of the football tournament.





Ashcroft submitted his suggestion of ‘The Albert’ with his own interpretation of cockney rhyming slang where he proposed the London iconic landmark ‘The Albert Hall’ could mean ‘Ball’.

Nick Craggs, adidas UK marketing director, said: "The London 2012 games are becoming synonymous with the East End of London and it was important to us that the name reflected this strong heritage. The Albert creates mass appeal to the British public, as well as creating global intrigue."



The Albert carries the London 2012 logo and features additional design elements in striking colours from the London 2012colour palate. The ball will be used to kick off the Olympic Football Tournament in Cardiff on 25th July, two days before the Opening Ceremony.





‘The Albert’ features a series of triangular panels that are thermally bonded together to ensure a true, stable flight path. Covering each panel of the ball is a grip texture which supports boot to ball contact and enhances ball control. Beneath the outer surface of the ball is a woven carcass and a new bladder for increased air retention and reduced water uptake.



Cleverley said at the launch, “The Albert certainly has a unique name and striking identity. It is like no other ball I’ve seen before and it is going to really stand out on the pitch. The ball looks youthful and that is what London 2012 is meant to be about. The Olympic Games is going to be a huge event for Great Britain and if selected I would be delighted to represent Team GB.”



There's a huge amount of interest around the Olympic football tournament, with some of the games best young players (and a few select oldies!) expected to play. Now you've seen the Official Olympic Match Ball adidas 'The Albert', share your thoughts online, on Twitter and on Facebook.

 

Only published comments... Mar 01 2012, 12:44 PM by Editor

Comments

 

tahiry92 said:

Nice ball !!!

March 1, 2012 3:16 PM
 

Waldrinho said:

Pink?

March 1, 2012 3:22 PM
 

Pieter said:

...

March 1, 2012 3:30 PM
 

RCTID said:

The 80's called, they want their ball back...

March 1, 2012 3:32 PM
 

MUMUCHI12 said:

this ball is *** SSSIIIICCCCKKKKKK!!!!!! i like the bright color to it, i think the pink and blue are pretty nice

March 1, 2012 3:34 PM
 

albert said:

ok... do i get it free?

March 1, 2012 3:44 PM
 

Jeffzie said:

Defo getting a takedown version of this ball :)

March 1, 2012 4:05 PM
 

BrownyB97 said:

@ RCTID well said

Stupid colours, its in the UK obvious colours would be red, white and blue shouldn't they

March 1, 2012 4:08 PM
 

Waldrinho said:

Wait, wait, wait...This ball has to be for the women, right?  Surely no men will be playing with this ball. . .  The name comes from "Cockney rhyming slang"?   Well,  gimmie a fella, Stella.

March 1, 2012 4:25 PM
 

joe87 said:

look at the london olympic logo.

it looks like a lady with perm hair sucking a man's ***

March 1, 2012 4:52 PM
 

Waldrinho said:

@joe87

Imaginative.

March 1, 2012 6:22 PM
 

javiheavy said:

Who cares olympic football?

March 1, 2012 6:44 PM
 

pcm19 said:

this is the best ball ive ever seen

March 1, 2012 9:03 PM
 

Xandai said:

Ownage

March 1, 2012 9:29 PM
 

barc4b0y said:

looks more like a girls soccer camp ball to me...

March 1, 2012 9:48 PM
 

Taylor20 said:

1. The colours used on the ball are derived from the London Olympic campaign logo.

2. Pink has been used on boots and jerseys for a while now, so what's the big deal with they put it on a ball? Does the colour make the ball kick differently??

March 2, 2012 3:02 AM
 

soccer4lifeCR7 said:

     does anybody realise that most of the adidas balls hav been like the tango 12

March 2, 2012 6:09 AM
 

Espana2010 said:

@soccer4lifeCR7 i just realize that........

March 2, 2012 12:40 PM
 

obinnaworld said:

Lovely craftsmanship.

The colour? Too pale in my opinion: visual contact may pose a big challenge especially in aerial balls, under the floodlight or sun and in dull weathers.

March 2, 2012 1:05 PM
 

TitanballZ said:

I hate those colors.

March 2, 2012 3:13 PM
 

precobra said:

so ***...LOL

March 2, 2012 5:21 PM
 

simonlike said:

looks utter crap like waldrinho like

March 2, 2012 6:15 PM
 

the soccer boss said:

nice ball!

March 2, 2012 9:34 PM
 

weenerman said:

 @Simonlike u r a ***.  U know nothing about soccer and you are just not an intelligent person.  So i suggest that u either stop with your poor attempts at mockery or u leave this site.   And can you please explain y you say like at the end of every senseless sentence you utter

March 2, 2012 10:13 PM
 

Goonerboy4life said:

 Poop.

March 2, 2012 11:28 PM
 

diegobarca10 said:

     @ simonlike

      haha ur a ***!

March 3, 2012 1:15 AM
 

diegobarca10 said:

   anyway this ball shouldve been used for the womens

   world cup

March 3, 2012 1:16 AM
 

A_Di_Natale said:

colorful

March 3, 2012 7:28 AM
 

simonlike said:

hey weenerman stop being a little suck up to waldrinho like. join my side u brainless fool like. just jokin. by the way if u were offended by anything i said i am sorry like.

March 3, 2012 7:28 PM
 

Superfly2 said:

Looks ***

March 3, 2012 10:22 PM
 

weenerman said:

@simonlike   much better.  but still, can you explain to me why you say like at the end of everything you say

March 4, 2012 12:45 PM
 

daniel2754 said:

UGLY

March 4, 2012 2:01 PM
 

Tangerine4Life said:

The Albert?!! Really??? Do me a favour!!

March 5, 2012 2:46 PM
 

ZZ-Top said:

@weenerman Its just a thing guys in britain say, its a slang. i dunno why or how we do it constantly but is a thing, if u live in london, u'll get

My comment on the ball.

Haha, i like the name of the ball, very creative, with the albert hall pun, ball instead of hall. The ball looks very flashy and too pink for me, and i think they should of used traditional english colours, red, blue and white. but if u look at it another way, it is traditional english colors, except A LOT lighter. overall i kinda like it, 3.5 stars

April 9, 2012 4:42 PM
 

Ammarttitude said:

hey there people, i'm Ammar Ahmad from Pakistan and i feel proud to say that this ball, Adidas's Albert, is made in Pakistan..!!

Proud to be a Pakistani - Cheers, Love and Respect all the way from Pakistan..

July 24, 2012 8:06 PM
 

hnymangat said:

Hello Ammar i want to buy this ball can you provide me the information from where i can get this ball and what will be the cost. thank you

June 1, 2013 6:34 PM
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