A Load Of Old Balls (And One Recent One)


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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4 Responses

  1. Ed says:

    My favourite is the Adidas Tango, but the most emblematic is easily the Telstar. It even has the best NAME.

  2. sp3ktor says:

    Number 8: The Mitre Cyclone is a great ball for the way it changes in the way it plays over its lifespan.

    When new and fluffy it’s great: it sticks to your feet when dribbling and when kicked spins and swerves almost to perfectly. The only damage it can do is maybe the odd carpet burn at close quarters.

    With age comes baldness. As it thins out to become just cloth covered ball. The rubber starts to go, so you have to pump it up harder to get any life out of it. This is the flat spot in the life of the ball – it’s mid-life crisis.

    Play a few more games and the cloth starts to rip and tear off, bulges start to appear from repeated wellying and the now necessary extreme pumping. For it to be playable the surface tension has to be near rock-like. The ball now develops its own version of reverse swing: dipping and swerving at random. After three games of this, a post match pub whip round for the £10 for a new one is advisable.

  3. ursus arctos says:

    Absolutely brilliant roundup, especially the inclusion of the Minerva Supreme.

    FWIW, the Tango is still THE cult fooball in Italy. The Gazzetta dello Sport brought out a pink one for its 110th anniversary last year, and the FIGC (the Italian FA) have done a blue one to commemorate the 82 and 06 World Cup triumphs.

    And of course the Azzurri still have the dubious right of using the 2006 ball with the gold inlays in official matches.

    A lot of good it did them against Lithuania.

  4. 200percent says:

    Thanks for your comments, all. Coming up later: The Complete History Of Goal Nets.

    Don’t fool yourselves into thinking that I’m joking.

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