1. 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa – Jabulani
Adidas’ “Jabulani” is the official match ball for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa. The meaning of “Jabulani” is “to celebrate” in isiZulu, features a South African inspired design and new technology.
2. 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany – Teamgeist
Adidas’ “Teamgeist” is the official soccer ball exclusively produced for the final match in the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Berlin. The name of the ball has an implied meaning of teamwork and group spirit.
3. 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan – Fevernova
Adidas’ Fevernova football was used as the official ball of the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea and Japan. The golden-red flames represent the enormous efforts and energy the two Asian hosts put in the game.
4. 1998 FIFA World Cup France – Tricolore
The 1998 FIFA World Cup France’s official match ball “Tricolore,” features the French red-white-blue tri-color. It is quite unconventional compared with the old traditional black and white pattern and the first official World Cup soccer ball that was in color.
5. 1994 FIFA World Cup USA – Questra
The design of Questra highlighted Adidas’s theme for the World Cup: innovation and “the quest for the stars”. Inspired by space technology, high velocity rockets and the U.S. “quest for the stars”, Questra set new performance standards.
6. 1990 FIFA World Cup Italy – Etrvsco
The name and intricate design of Etrvsco were inspired by Italy’s magnificent, ancient history and the contributions and fine art of the Etruscans. It was also a high-tech product manufactured entirely from quality synthetic fibers.
7. 1986 FIFA World Cup Mexico – Azteca
Azteca, which was hand-sewn, used for the first time synthetic material instead of leather. Its elaborately decorated design was inspired by the host Mexico’s native Aztec architecture and culture.
8. 1982 FIFA World Cup Spain – Tango Espana
The Tango Espana was made of genuine leather. A rubber inlaid was put over the seams to prevent water from seeping through the ball, which made it the first water-resistant match ball.
9. 1978 FIFA World Cup Argentina – Tango Durlast
Adidas’s Tango was a revolution and classic in the history of football design. The design of official match balls of the next five FIFA World Cup tournaments was based on this one. Tango was inspired by the passion, emotion and elegance of Argentina. It also featured improved weather resistance qualities.
10. 1974 FIFA World Cup Germany – Telstar, Chile
Two Adidas match balls, Telstar and Chile, were used for 1974 World Cup. Telstar replaced the gold branding with new black branding. Another new all-white version named Chile was used as well. The materials and techniques used in the Telstar and Chile were identical to those used four years earlier.