In Praise Of… The Adidas Tango


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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5 Responses

  1. CTT says:

    Modern football design could never imagine something so beautifully simple.

    When I used to draw football match scenarios on my schoolbooks, the Tango always featured highly (second only to, predictably enough, the Mitre Delta).

  2. Steve says:

    I remember drawing the Adidas Tango many a time too! It was also perhaps the most prized subbuteo ball to have…

  3. Jez says:

    Glad to see an appreciation of the Tango ball. I’ve developed a minor obsession with it: I paid nearly £30 for a Tango match ball on ebay, I’ve got one of those 3-D jigsaw things of the Tango, I recently found some Tango mini-balls (slightly smaller than size 1, for some reason) in Sports Soccer for £3 so I bought 2 (and now wish I’d bought 3), and I’m still trying to get hold of the Subbuteo Tango balls (I can’t find the ones I had when I was a boy!). My favourite are the mini-balls as they have the old-school adidas 3-petal leaf logo (can’t think of a better way to describe it) rather than the modern triangular 3-stripe one.

  4. Jesper says:

    I have linked to you article from the Facebook Adidas tango tribute group. As Jez above. I have also developed a minor obsession with this brilliant ball. Thanx for the article. I enjoyed reading it.

  5. Nick Lo Turco says:

    My brother bought me a flourescent yellow Tango back around 1990. I took it to the park but we used the old ball as I “didn’t want to get it dirty!”. Put it under the jumpers on one of the posts and after the game, went to get it and it had been nicked! If only I’d just used the bloody thing…..still sad about it now, apparently the docks boys in cardiff took it while we were playing, and you didn’t get stuff back off them… barely even got kicked in anger :-( I have a white one now in my shed that I bought from JJB a few months back. It’ll never be kicked, don’t wanna get it dirty now do I???

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