There’s probably very few people in this world who haven’t spent at least a minute in the past weeks watching football championship matches, or at least catching the day’s summary on the news in the evening. A rather painful moment for me to be writing this, being German. And, to add insult to injury, my wife happens to be Mexican! Yes: ouch!
Nevertheless, it’s not the sports results I wanted to talk about here (clearly!). There are many different factors that have to come together and work properly for the championship to be a success. I bet you’re guessing this has to do with adhesives.
To begin with – the ball. Nothing would be possible without is. The ball used to be sewn by hand, joining together different elements over two layers of lining. Nowadays, it’s produced of fewer individual parts bonded by special adhesives. That makes it lighter, more aerodynamic and less permeable to water when it rains.
The gear that the players use to be both: light on their feet and protected in duels that sometimes happen on the field, must be of top quality and super reliable. Use of adhesive made it possible for the cleats to be lighter, more flexible and follow the players movement more closely, while the shin guards now adapt to the shape of the leg much better and pinch much less.
And that’s only the elements involved in the game directly. There is a number of other objects indirectly involved that benefit from the use of adhesive, like the stadium itself (flooring, walls and ceiling installations), floodlights, other lighting systems and various displays as well as the very buses on which the teams are transported from their accommodation to the stadium.