Tonight’s match sponsor, Nike, will be giving the new Premier League match ball, the Nike Total 90 Tracer, it’s Old Trafford debut tonight. With United scoring 751 goals in the last 10 years, more than any other team, they’ll be hoping to add to that total tonight against Newcastle United.
Designed for unrivalled consistency, accuracy, touch and visual acuity. Developed in tandem with the world’s premier footballers and teams, the ball was meticulously engineered down to every detail including the bladder’s tension, hand-sewn seams and surface texture. The result is a ball that delivers superior playing benefits for players at every level.
“The world’s best leagues, federations and players demand the most innovative product on the market, that’s why our brief was very simple: to create the world’s best football,” said Chris Bond, Nike General Manager of Soccer Equipment. “As the game gets even faster and more competitive around the world, we’ve designed a product to exceed the demands of today’s players from the amateur to elite levels.”
The Total 90 Tracer ball’s micro-textured casing regulates airflow equally across its entire surface, making it less prone to wobble and giving it a more direct, arrow-like flight. Rigorously tested at the University of British Columbia wind tunnels, the ball has less drag in flight than competitor balls and produces more precise and truer shots every time. Testing at the Nike Equipment Innovation Test Lab found that the Total 90 Tracer is the most aerodynamically efficient ball in the marketplace, meaning players expend less energy kicking the ball.
Last season United were only one goal off beating their Barclays Premier League goal scoring record by landing a total of 86 goals. With more goals scored in total by all Barclay Premier League clubs last season than any in the previous decade, and with 23 goals netted from the opening 9 fixtures over the weekend, goal keepers up and down the country may have some sleepless nights to come.