LEVERKUSEN, GERMANY (May 16, 3:15 p.m. ET) — Soccer fans across Europe are looking forward once more to watching games during this summer's European football championship during June.
And the national teams may play better than ever, since they will be using a new ball claimed to offer greater precision of control.
This exact control results from the fact that the ball, the Tango 12, is rounder than usual, with a highly complex surface construction. Its design is the culmination of a long-standing collaboration between Adidas AG and Bayer MaterialScience AG.
A special feature of this latest ball is the surface texture, which offers interesting optical and haptic effects — and is also responsible for the particularly good flight properties of the ball, Bayer said in a May 17 news release.
Adidas also aimed to make the ball even rounder and ensure it retained its appearance.
Tango has fewer cut edges and greater curvature, so it has fewer seams and edges in the outer shell. As a result, players are more likely to strike smooth surfaces allowing them to “control the ball with greater precision,” Bayer said.
Measurements at sixteen different points have shown no more than 1 percent deviation between the largest and smallest diameters.
“The outer shell of the Tango 12 consists of a total of five polyurethane layers based on raw materials from our Impranil product line,” said Thomas Michaelis, project manager for ball development at Bayer MaterialScience, in a company statement.
“These layers provide for optimal contact with the player's foot and for very good control in all weather conditions.”
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