IKER Casillas, captain of European champions and World Cup holders Spain, got his reliable hands on the official match ball for Euro 2012, the adidas Tango 12 Finale, that will be used at next month's European Championships in Poland and Ukraine.
The ball is based on the classic Tango design used during both the Fifa World Cup and Uefa tournaments during the early 1980s and features a modern interpretation of the design including – according to adidas – "graphics designed to represent the two host countries and link to the key characteristics of football – unity, rivalry and passion."
The company developed the ball over a two-year period and claim it is the most tested it has ever produced. Just like the previous one. And the one before that.
Scientists at the adidas headquarters in Herzogenaurach, Germany subjected it to rigorous examination, including "qualitative player testing" conducted across eight different countries using players, federations and clubs from both elite and grassroots football.
The new ball was also tested in laboratory conditions, which concluded that the Tango 12 Finale meets and exceeds all Fifa requirements for a match ball. Which is a relief.
With a month until the tournament begins, the reveal of the new ball to fans across the world also marks the launch of the adidas “Road to the Final” campaign, designed to give consumers across Europe the chance to win Uefa Euro 2012 prizes, including official match tickets.