Adidas Rotiero: Euro 2004
Adidas Rotiero was the official match ball of the 2004 European Championships. Like the majority of its predecessors, Roteiro came from the production units of Adidas.
For those people who are familiar with the Portuguese language, they might guess that Adidas borrowed the “Roteiro” name from the local language. However, what they might not know is the historical significance which this name carries in the annals of Portuguese history.
When the world renowned traveler Vasco De Gama set out on his first voyage to India in 1497, he wrote down the account of his journey in a log book known as Rotiero.
Therefore, epitomizing the brilliant aspect of the Portuguese history, Adidas named the official match ball of the 2004 European Championship as Rotiero.
In addition to the name, Adidas designed the ball with the same objective of giving it a local touch. For example, the silver lines that were embossed on this ball were reminiscent of the Coordinate system which was discovered and perfected by the Ancient Portuguese philosophers.
In the construction of this ball, Adidas used a technology named as Thermal Bonding. It is a technique where the internal structure of the ball is subjected to optimum heat.
Prior to 2004, Thermal Bonding, as a stabilizing technique, was limited to the manufacturing of baby diapers. However, after its introduction in the football world by Adidas, it is safe to say that thermal bonding became a world renowned phenomenon.
When compared with other bonding processes, the process of thermal bonding offers a myriad of advantages. With increased rate of water evaporation, lower capital cost, better quality and reduced gas emissions during the production stage, Adidas was able to win the hearts of its customers by employing the technique of thermal bonding in the construction of Adidas Roteiro.
UEFA Euro 2004
Being the 12th edition of the European Championship, the UEFA Euro 2004 was staged in Portugal from 12th June – 4th July 2004. 15 teams qualified for the competition after playing the qualification stages, whereas hosts Portugal were given a free entry.
Looking at how this competition unfolded it is fair to say that it dumbfounded the bookies. The first major upset of the tournament was the exit of Germany, Italy and Spain from the group stages. France, who had come in this competition as the reigning Champions, was defeated in the Quarter-Final stage at the hands of would be Champions Greece.
Another surprising aspect of this tournament was the resurgence of the Portuguese. After losing their opener against Greece, Portugal qualified for the Final where Greece once again defeated them to lift their first ever European Championship title.
As far as the performance of Adidas Roteiro was concerned, the ball fared brilliantly over the course of 1-month. In the 31 games of the Final tournament, 77 goals were being scored, averaging just under 2.5 goals per game. Thus, as far as the entertainment factor was concerned, Adidas Roteiro ball was a treat to play with for the footballers.