ADIDAS is a German multinational corporation that designs and manufactures sportswear and accessories like shoes, clothing, jerseys etc. ADIDAS made the first official FIFA world cup ball in1970. The ball had 32 black and white panels the classics football which we used to play with, in our childhood (90’s kids would relate to it) and since then there is no looking back. It has produced footballs for various tournaments and with every tournament comes new moniker for these balls like TELSTAR, TANGO DURLAST, TANGO ESPANA, AZTECA, ETRUSCO, QUESTRA, FEVERNOVA, JABULANI and much more would be added to the list sooner or later.
The 2016 UEFA European Championship, commonly referred to as UEFA Euro 2016, will kick off this weekend in France will be the 15th edition of the UEFA European Championship, an international men’s football championship of Europe organized by UEFA. It is a month-long tournament schedule to be held from 10 June to 10 July, where the best teams of Europe will battle it out to emerge as a winner.
The point is that ADIDAS has made the official match ball for the tournament and is called the “BEAU JEU” meaning “beautiful game” in French. Unveiled by ADIDAS and was presented by former French national player Zizou (Zinedine Zidane).
The Beau Jeu has the same panel design as the same as ‘Brazuca’ match ball which was used in 2014 football world cup. It has the same six-panel assembly and six polyurethane panels which are thermally bonded together. Many of us are not familiar with Brazuca so first let me brief you about it. Brazuca was the first-ever six-panel ball used in the FIFA tournament and was the combination of technology used in the Tango 12 ball and the balls used in the UEFA Champions League every year, with the same bladder.
The change that Beau Jeu has undergone is that it has more the texture on the outside to have better grip and to prevent volatile swoops known as knuckling. There is a fiberglass print, which reduces the chances of scraping of the printed layers of the ball and otherwise would have had a knock-on effect the motion of the ball. The carapace is more water resistant and can roll better thus it would be effective even in wet conditions, the main idea behind this is to make ball control easily as well as enhancing dribbling.
Adidas has taken the best of elements mostly from Brazuca FIFA World Cup Official Match Ball, and added a French touch of brilliance therefore; it took over 18 months for development. Beau Jeu still incorporates Brazuca’s innovative and widely praised panel shape but with some modifications in the blocking and surface structure improving the grip and enhancing in-flight visibility.
But before the ball being used in the official matches, it is handed over to all competing federations in order to make players familiar with the new advanced ball hence giving them a six-month window to train and play with the ball before the tournament kicks off. Myriads of high and eminent profile players of all the competing teams throughout Europe tested the ball and delivered positive feedback hence making the 18 months long development period of Beau Jeu a success.