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adidas have launched the JO’BULANI, the new ball to be used in the World Cup final on the 11th July 2010.


Jo’Bulani – the official ball to be used in the 2010 World Cup final.

The football, called the adidas “JO’BULANI“, is a gold-coloured version of the “JABULANI“, the Official Match Ball of the 2010 World Cup and its name is a tribute to Johannesburg or Jo’burg, the City of Gold. While the ball still features the iconic South African inspired design, the main colour of the “JO’BULANI” is gold.


This is the second time that adidas has designed a special ball for a World Cup final, the first final ball was the golden “TEAMGEIST BERLIN”, which was used on July 9th, 2006.


The “JO’BULANI” also features the newly developed “Grip’n’Groove” profile which provides the best players in the world with a ball allowing an exceptionally stable flight and perfect grip under all conditions. Comprising only eight, completely new, thermally bonded 3-D panels, which for the first time are spherically moulded, the ball is perfectly round and even more accurate than ever before.


The name “JO’BULANI” is inspired by the name “JABULANI“, which means “to celebrate” in isiZulu, one of the eleven official languages of the Republic of South Africa, which is spoken by almost 25% of the population. The name “JO’BULANI” is also a tribute to the host city of the final, Johannesburg, or Jo’burg as people may call it.

The “JO’BULANI” is designed in white and gold, as a tribute to both the colour of the FIFA World Cup trophy and the “City of Gold”; the nickname of Johannesburg. Rate it: 1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars6 Stars7 Stars8 Stars9 Stars10 Stars (2 votes, average: 4.50 out of 10)


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  1. says: Sam

    yeah the ball looks great and i have heard good things about the jabulani but why do they need a different ball for the final? why not just keep with the jabulani? it would save on manufacturing marketing and money for customers

  2. says: kuuku

    Nah Sam, the final needs a uniquely coloured ball to make the event more memorable and exciting. This ball is exactly the same as the jabulani, you aren’t missing out on any features if you buy the normal Jabulani, this just has a different name and colour and obviously lettering to comemmorate the final game of the world cup.

  3. says: Hassaan

    It’s an amazing ball with lovely colour combinations!….I can imagine the final with this ball….brazil vs SPAIN!!!

  4. says: pete

    These balls are rubbish. After having played several matches with them they are far too flighty, spongy and bouncy. Reminds me of the Fevernova ball.

    Has nothing on the teamgeist ball which I thought was average in itself. The best ball adidas have made was for Euro in Portugal – the Roteiro

  5. says: Fifinho

    Very nice looking ball. They adidas do a similar thing in the UEFA Champions League where the matchball for the Final is different.

    I was just wondering though, does this mean from now on that all adidas WC Final balls are going to be gold? This is only the second gold “final” ball but also only the second time they have made one specific for the final lol

  6. says: Johnny


    I’m pretty sure that they can’t. Look up some brackets on the internet. I think if they met they would play each other in the semi’s

  7. says: Tim

    These balls make take a little getting used to. Definate difference in speed and control. At first I was disappointed. It seemed hard to get up and swerve. Kept playing with it, though. I have the TG,TGII and the TGIII and love those balls but we found ourselves only wanting to use the Jubalani. Jubalani can stay down with alot of movement. Good luck goalies!

  8. says: Guido

    The Gold and silver end Balls!

    Since Adidas has the official License to produce the balls for al EM and WM games through 2022
    we will see a different colour balls for all finale games till at least then.

    Gold Balls for all WM (final game) began with Teamgeist Berlin in 2006

    Selver Balls for all EM (final game) began with Europass gloria in 2008

  9. says: alex

    Agree that this is the worst official match ball I have ever used. Looks like the england squad are having the same problems I had with it.

    too bouncy, like a cheap rubber ball. A leather ball has a dullness which allows for a transfer of kinetic energy from the ball to the player’s foot. This thing is like a pinball. All the hype over the perfect roundness is one thing, but a decent leather ball with traditional panelling can be round enough. I’m not against new technology to make a ball rounder, but I am against a ball that is so unlike any other in the way it acts that it cannot be controlled even by world class players.

    This thing could ruin the world cup.

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