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New Olympics ball called ‘The Albert’

By SportUK 02/03/2012 13:18

Nathan Cleverley, Manchster UnitedNathan Cleverley was on hand to reveal the ball, named The Albert, that will be used at this summer’s Olympics.


Adidas asked members of the public to suggest a name and over 12,000 unique names were suggested over a ten day period.

Robert Ashcroft submitted his suggestion of ‘The Albert’ with his own interpretation of cockney rhyming slang where he proposed the London iconic landmark ‘The Albert Hall’ could mean ‘Ball’.

The Albert carries the London 2012 logo and features additional design elements in striking colours from the London 2012colour palate. The ball will be used to kick off the Olympic Football Tournament in Cardiff on 25th July, two days before the Opening Ceremony.

Cleverley said at the launch, “It is like no other ball I’ve seen before and it is going to really stand out on the pitch. The ball looks youthful and that is what London 2012 is meant to be about. The Olympic Games is going to be a huge event for Great Britain and if selected I would be delighted to represent Team GB.” 

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