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
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
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
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.