The Adidas Jabulani is the official match ball for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa this summer. Jabulani means “celebration” in Zulu which is one of the 11 official languages of South Africa.

Below is a video that explains the inspiration behind the design of Jabulani

and here is a video that shows how the Jabulani ball is made


I’ve been in a relationship with Jabulani since February 2010. We met in South Africa, in a department store actually. I went in the store just to browse but found much much more. Now we spend nearly every second together.  Below are photos I took from our travels around the world. I know how much she misses her hometown of Johannesburg which is why I’m taking her home this summer!

January 28, 2010- March 4, 2010

“God’s Window” South Africa

Jabulani on my mind

Our first kiss

Learning to trust each other

Jabulani’s new friend

A romantic safari in Kruger National Park

Our favorite place to play

“The Gap” at Port St. Johns

Goodbye South Africa




March 5, 2010- April 4, 2010

Our dragon boat in Hue, Vietnam

Trying not to get seasick

Isn’t she cute?

Our trip down Perfume River in Hue

Nothing worse than hitting the bamboo crossbar

Seats 4 and 5 were ours

Vietnam is for lovers: on a mountain during our visit to a pagoda

Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

It wasn’t as secluded as the guidebook said it was

Wonders of the world

Looks like a storms coming in Mai Chau Valley

Goodbye Vietnam




April 5, 2010- May 6, 2010


Our first game together. Sao Paulo FC v Santos

Nothing like beach soccer

Our favorite museum

Oscar Niemeyer building in Ibirapuera Park

Our new hideout

Monumento às Bandeiras: pioneers from São Paulo

strong feet

Goodbye Brazil




Crossing the Bridge


Golden memories

Bay area balance


Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, Jabulani

Lady Liberty never looked so good




Inspired in part by this project


photos edited by Poladroid


7 Responses to “Jabulani”

  1. Anjeanette May 26, 2010 at 2:01 pm #

    Awesome Pics Francis! Looking forward to many more entries!

  2. Mariah May 26, 2010 at 2:38 pm #

    this is the happiest i’ve ever seen you!

  3. Thema May 26, 2010 at 3:05 pm #

    Beatiful ‘touching’ pics Francis! You got me all teary….your affair with Jabulani is the sweetest i have ever witnesed between a man and his ball (no pun intended!!!!) I dont think she would want to part with you after all those memories you shared. You must definitely take her back with you when you leave SA again. She looks so peaceful & ‘quite’ with you. ;o)

  4. Jordan May 26, 2010 at 4:35 pm #

    Fran, they’re so great! Here’s to more happy times of you and her together.

  5. Bekah May 26, 2010 at 7:32 pm #

    what an adorable couple! Such great photos, francis. the strong feet made me laugh. i hope you update this blog a ton this summer and i hope you and jabulani have an amazing time in South Africa!

  6. Michelle May 26, 2010 at 9:51 pm #

    These pictures are deliciously amazing Francis!

  7. pxsimil June 12, 2010 at 11:57 am #

    Jabulani is one lucky ball/girl.
    I love to see you enjoying your
    travels. It makes my heart

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