A Yes it was. The Jabulani was a continuation of Adidas' sponsorship of the FIFA World Cup - they have provided the matchball for every World Cup since 1970 - and of the technological evolution of World Cup footballs. Previous Adidas World Cup matchballs, like the Tango, were made from 32 hexagon and pentagon segments, which meant that the balls were less reliable in flight and absorbed more water. The Jabulani only featured eight panels, making the ball more aerodynamic than it's predecessors; ensuring that the ball could travel farther and potentially faster. The panels of the Jabulani were thermally bonded rather than stitched: which meant the ball's surface was smoother and there was less gaps for water to seep into. The surface of the ball also has small ridges to improve grip when struck. The design of the ball is coloured in yellow, red, and black. The ball was criticised for uneven flight; but, rarely has a World Cup matchball not been criticised for some aspect of it's design and performance. Independent research conducted by NASA on the Jabulani concluded that the extra smooth surface of the ball resulted in it's uneven flight at high speed. The Adidas Jabulani did not become an iconic matchball, it's currently not for sale, and did not capture the imagination of the general public like the Telstar and Tango. The technology of the Jabulani evolved into the 'Adidas Tango 12' matchball; this matchball was used at the following tournaments: 2011 UEFA Super Cup, 2011 UEFA Super Cup, 2011-12 UEFA Europa League, 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, 2012 Summer Olympics, and 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup.