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Leo Messi together with David Villa, helped Adidas AG launch lightest-ever football boot.  The new boot weighs only 165 grams and made of various types of polyurethane.  Leo Messi, playing for Argentina in the World cup 2010, will be the first player to wear the F50 boot which has a distinct purple and white colour to it. However, 11 more world cup player will have the same privilege of wearing the F50 boot.

The boot design provides a wider footbed and heel to uniformly distribute forces throughout the boot which is vital in any lightweight product. The SprintSkin upper utilizes a single layer of microfiber polyurethane fabric to decrease weight and to make sure the shoe fits snugly and comfortably.  On the other hand asymmetric parallel lacing creates a large, clean kicking surface for optimal ball contact.  Also, the boot has a perforated Ultra Light insole not only to reduce weight but to increase speed.

[Ref: Plastics News: May 17, 2010]

The soccer match Ball for the 2010 FIFA World Cup also features a brand new, ground-breaking technology called a new Grip’n'Groove technology.  The ball is designed to show power, swerve and control never seen before. Again, plastics make all the difference!

Comprising only eight, completely new thermally bonded 3-D panels of polyurethane, which for the first time are spherically molded.  The ball is perfectly round and even more accurate than before.

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