When it comes to match balls, adidas seem to have found their stride again. The Tango 12 was a near-unanimous hit with players and the public during Euro 2012, and the ‘Star Ball’ design of the Finale has become a favourite with footballers of all levels.
Ahead of the Champions League group stage draw in Monaco this evening, adidas have revealed their full range of official match balls for the upcoming 2012-13 season of European football.
With a hair-raising last year packed full of twists, turns, favourites crashing out and an incredible underdog victory to top it off – there can’t be many football fans on the planet who aren’t looking forward to what this campaign will bring!
adidas Finale 12
The adidas UEFA Champions League Finale 12 Official Match Ball will be used in all group stage matches of the 2012/2013 competition, and the new design features an outer coating texture designed to provide optimal grip at the point of impact.
The artwork within the iconic star panel construction uses bold colours (white/lab lime/dark violet) and is designed to reflect a tactics board of precise on-field movements in addition to the geographical locations throughout Europe linked together as a result of the competition.
The top and bottom thermal bonded stars on the match ball, based on the design of the UEFA Champions League logo, contain co-ordinates of Nyon, Switzerland, and Herzogenaurach, Germany, the homes of UEFA and Official Match Ball supplier adidas respectively.
adidas Official Europa League Match Ball
The new-look Official Match Ball for the 2012/2013 season of the UEFA Europa League will see the introduction of key ball technology first used for UEFA EURO 2012™ in the development of the highly successful Tango 12.
The distinctive design incorporates the now iconic UEFA Europa League colours (red/yellow) and also features a stylised interpretation of the UEFA Europa League Trophy within the panel designs.
adidas UEFA Super Cup 2012 Official Match Ball
Tomorrow, UEFA Champions League winner Chelsea FC play Club Atlético de Madrid, winner of the 2011/12 UEFA Europa League, in the UEFA Super Cup 2012 taking place in Monaco.
The ball features technology taken from the Tango 12 and also builds in design features such as the competition logo and integrated blue and red colours of the two finalists.