Football of the Year 2010

Having already registered thousands of votes in the Football Boots Awards, it’s clear that awards fever is already starting to sweep the audience!

So, every week that the main Awards are running we’ll be running a Weekly award that you can vote on over the weekend.

This week, we’re honouring the best Footballs produced in the 2010 season – which makes a lot of sense when you consider all the talk there’s been over the last 9 months on balls like the Jabulani and T90 Tracer!

The Nominees

Umbro Stealth Football

The Umbro Stealth matchball has done a quietly brilliant job of being the ball used by England at Wembley. There have been no complaints in any of the international matches, the FA Cup or the Community Shield, so it’s safe to presume that this is a ball that gets the job done!

It’s also about £20 cheaper to buy than any of the other nominees – bargain!

Adidas Finale X Football

A labour of love for the boffins at adidas; whilst the Champions League ball has always had stars on it, the Finale X is the result of a 10-year-quest to get the panels of the ball to be star-shaped!

The graphics on each panel commemorate 10 years of Champions League finals, with each star representing one of the past venues – making this one of the most visually interesting footballs out there today!

The Nike T90 Tracer Football

Following up the well-received T90 Ascente was never going to be an easy task, but the new Nike T90 Tracer does an admirable job of doing just that!

The new graphic is the perfect mix of symmetry and visibility, meaning that it’s easy to get a bead on where the ball is in flight, and the firm TPU casing is a joy to strike on the volley.

Puma PowerCat 1.10 Ball

Definitely a unique looking ball, the Puma PowerCat 1.10 ball goes against the trend and has more panels than most balls on the market!

Used by all Puma-sponsored National Teams such as Italy, Cameroon and the Ivory Coast in their home games as well as the Women’s teams of the WPS, this looks to be another solid ball from Puma.

adidas Jabulani Football

Obviously, the talking point in terms of football equipment at this year’s World Cup was the adidas Jabulani – maligned by some and loved by others.

Will the Jabulani find redemption in your votes in this award? It’ll be exciting to find out! [poll id=”41″]

After you’ve voted here – don’t forget to head over to the main Awards Site and vote for the best Football Boots of 2010!

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  1. says: tsiptsip

    Timmy and Kurve,

    Those same people who voted for Jabulani perhaps did so either because they own one themselves and are happy with it or possibly because they like and appreciate the time that adidas spent on visually designing the ball + background in itself.


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