Sport-locker.net can today reveal that adidas have unveiled a new line-up of official match balls for the 2012/2013 European season – so here are the balls that will be kicked in the Champions League, Europa League and the Super Cup competitions!
And as always, here’s some awesome imagery of them all…
The Finale 12 – The Official Match Ball for the Champions League
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.
The Official Match Ball for the UEFA Europa League
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.
The Official Match Ball for the UEFA Super Cup
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.
This season adidas will launch a campaign for fans to engage through the UEFA Champions League and ask themselves the question: “Are you UEFA Champions League level?” For the first time ever this season, all three adidas boot silos (Predator, adiPure and f50) are miCoach enabled, allowing players to track and analyse statistical data from their matches and share on Facebook.
The season-long activation centres around the three adidas boot silos and miCoach technology and is endorsed by Real Madrid CF manager José Mourinho and prominent adidas players Leo Messi, Xavi and Bastian Schweinsteiger.
UEFA Champions League Finale 12 and UEFA Europa League Official Match Balls are now available for purchase in adidas retail outlets, associated stockists and www.adidas.com/shop. For further information on adidas products and services please visit news.adidas.com or join the conversation at www.facebook.com/adidasfootball or on Twitter: @adidasfootball.