With the 2011/12 UEFA Champions League and Europa League groups now drawn up (what a marathon the latter was by the way), adidas have today presented the official match balls to be used during the elite European competitions.
And having already brought you info of the Finale 11 earlier last month, Sport-locker.net can now reveal more technology and imagery for you!
A great deal of cutting-edge design and proven technology goes into making the two balls.
The design of the Finale 11, the Official Match Ball for the 2011/12 UEFA Champions League season, builds on the tradition of the iconic UEFA star ball.
The ball is now eleven years into its development and features an updated colour story that highlights the broad appeal of football by using a variation of colours (ranging from red through to green, purple and yellow) symbolizing every team, every player, every stadium and ultimately every fan. The ball also has a bold, loud and young star graphic throughout.
In line with adidas’ continued advancements in ball technology, the Finale 11 has a diamond texture that gives even more grip for enhanced control and also features thermal bonding which creates a seamless surface.
The Finale 11 will be played with in all games in the group stages, with a new ball being used in the knock-out phases, building up to the final in Munich on May 19th 2012.
As for the Europa League, adidas have developed the Official Match Ball in line with the visual language of the logo and brand colours of the competition.
The latest edition is is an evolution of the 2010/2011 ball, continuing the colour story but also featuring a new grip technology as seen on the UEFA Champions League Finale 11 ball.
The design is inspired by the UEFA Europa League trophy incorporating the competition colours, whilst the improved Grip Texture means even more grip in any weather condition.
All games of the UEFA Europa League – including the Final in Bucharest on May 9th, 2012 – will be played with the new ball.
The adidas Finale 11 and the 2011/12 UEFA Europa League ball are now available at retail stores worldwide.
As if two releases aren’t enough in one day, adidas have a third ball to show off!
Following the successful launch of its first Official Match Ball for the UEFA Super Cup in 2009, adidas will continue to offer a specially designed ball to mark the prestigious occasion.
The design of the ball takes inspiration from the colours of the UEFA Super Cup logo, as well as the colours of the respective teams competing in the game – FC Barcelona and FC Porto.
The ball will take to the field on August 26th, 2011 when the winners of last season’s UEFA Champions League, FC Barcelona, meet the winners of last season’s UEFA Europa League, FC Porto, at the Stade Louis II in Monaco.
The ball will be sold in selected retail outlets throughout Europe and exclusively at the UEFA Super Cup in Monaco making it a true collector’s item.
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