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New ball for Bundesliga

Müller & Müller unveil adidas Torfabrik

As of next season, all Bundesliga matches will be played using the same ball. The German Football League (DFL) and partner adidas unveiled the first official and standard football in the near 50-year history of the German top flight.

The red and white ball has the name Torfabrik, literally ‘goal factory’, an idiom applied to free-scoring sides. It will be used for all Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 fixtures until the end of the 2013-14 season. Up to now, the home side has been free to use a ball provided by their own equipment supplier. The income from the deal between the DFL and FCB Partner and official equipment supplier adidas will be distributed proportionally among the 36 first and second division clubs.

Level playing field

“A standardised ball is clearly an advantage,” commented FCB star Thomas Müller, who joined his namesake Gerd for the unveiling of the ball at Germany’s World Cup base in South Africa.

“A standard ball for the Bundesliga is another step towards greater professionalism,” commented DFL President Reinhard Rauball, “I think it also means we’ve established a level playing field.”

Torfabrik modelled on Jabulani

Adidas CEO Herbert Hainer said the launch was “a great story” for his company. The uniform ball will enable the Herzogenaurach-based manufacturer to increase its visibility in the vital home market of Germany, but also to bolster its international presence via televised Bundesliga broadcasts.

In terms of construction and the materials used, the ball is the same as the Jabulani official World Cup model, and the balls used in the Champions League and Europa League. Other leading European leagues such as England, France and Italy already use standardised footballs.