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Adidas Euro Pass Official Match Ball of UEFA EURO 2008ä

Thank you Peter Schönamsgruber from Eislingen/Fils  Germany for the above picture

Adidas “EUROPASS” – the match ball with “goose bumps” for UEFA EURO 2008 

Official Ball of UEFA EURO 2008™ with revolutionary surface structure  

Lucerne/Herzogenaurach, December 2, 2007. At the Final Draw for the UEFA EURO 2008™ in Lucerne today, adidas and UEFA unveiled the adidas “EUROPASS”: the official match ball of the competition. The ball’s new surface structure allows players to control and direct it perfectly in all weather conditions. The revolutionary PSC- Texture™ consists of a sophisticated and extremely fine structure on the ball’s outer skin that guarantees optimum grip between ball and boot.

 

Gloria Version

 

Above two pictures provided by Jacques Barralon

The name “EUROPASS” refers to the common “EURO” pass between the two host countries of Austria and Switzerland. It also represents every pass the players will make on the pitch during UEFA EURO 2008. Last but not least, it signifies the co-operation among all the fans who will make their way to Austria and Switzerland for the final competition.    

The adidas “EUROPASS” combines tradition with modernity. Its classic colouring - a white base colour with black dots – calls to mind the balls of bygone decades, yet its bonding with round dynamic elements in silver and red results in an innovative and very modern design which perfectly suits the host countries. Both countries combine tradition with creativity and a strong record of innovation in developing new products. The national flags of both countries have also been integrated into the ball design, with eight circles in a subtle silver effect. The 12 black dots contain individual graphic elements developed by UEFA to accompany the EURO logo. These elements stand for passion, friendship, action, training, fans and the winning goal, which appear as watermarks in the black dots of the adidas “EUROPASS”.   

Like +Teamgeist, the official match ball of the 2006 FIFA World Cup™, the adidas “EUROPASS” is constructed out of 14 panels using revolutionary Thermal Bonding Technology. This combined with the new PSC-Texture™ surface structure gives the “EUROPASS” its perfect handling characteristics and allows the players exceptional ball control. The unique outer skin improves power transmission, creates greater swerve and increases accuracy on the pitch, in all conceivable weather conditions. And for the goalkeeper too, providing a much better grip between glove and ball, substantially improves his catching of the ball.   

The ground-breaking performance features of the adidas “EUROPASS” have been demonstrated in comprehensive comparison tests at Loughborough University in England and in countless checks in the adidas football laboratory in Scheinfeld.  

adidas’ experience in football manufacturing is unsurpassed anywhere in the world, and is leading the industry in the production of the most modern and innovative balls since 1963. Since 1970, adidas has provided the official match ball for all major UEFA and FIFA tournaments. From 2008, adidas will also make the official ball for the Africa Cup of Nations organised by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).    

Thank you Peter Schönamsgruber from Eislingen/Fils  Germany for the above picture

In the future, adidas will continue to use innovative technology to extend its world-leading position in football production and thus strengthen its position as the authentic symbol for high-performance sports articles for professionals and amateurs alike. adidas also intends to unveil more revolutionary innovations in match ball production for the UEFA, FIFA and CAF competitions.

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EUROPASS - Gloria - Final game ball, Vienna

(Above Picture compliments of Miguel Ángel Rodríguez Fernández) 

adidas presents the ball for the

 UEFA EURO 2008TM Final   

Herbert Hainer presents Michel Platini with the adidas “EUROPASS gloria”

 Vienna/Herzogenaurach, 30 April 2008 – Today, in the Oval Hall of Vienna’s MuseumsQuartier cultural complex, adidas and UEFA presented the adidas “EUROPASS gloria, the official ball for the Final of UEFA EURO 2008™.  Herbert Hainer (adidas AG Chairman and CEO) presented the silver ball with black dots to UEFA President Michel Platini. The “EUROPASS gloria” was created specifically for the most important match of the UEFA European Football Championship 2008™ and will only be used for the Final of UEFA EURO 2008™, which takes place in Vienna on 29 June 2008. 

Based on the Henri Delaunay Trophy, the “EUROPASS gloria shimmers silver and, like the “EUROPASS”, has twelve black dots, combining modernity with tradition. The suffix “gloria” in the ball’s name stands for the fame and glory that will be enjoyed by the winner of UEFA EURO 2008™. The name “EUROPASS” symbolizes the common “EURO” pass between the two host countries of Austria and Switzerland. It also represents every pass the players will make on the pitch during UEFA EURO 2008™. Last but not least, it signifies the cooperation among all the fans who will make their way to Switzerland and Austria for the final competition.    

In eight white circles, the national flags of Austria and Switzerland have been integrated into the silver ball design. The twelve black dots contain the Henri Delaunay Trophy as well as graphic designs typical of all the nations that have left the pitch as champions with the Henri Delaunay Trophy in hand since the inception of the UEFA European Football Championship™.

 Like the “EUROPASS” and the +TeamgeistTM, the official match ball of the 2006 FIFA World Cup™, the adidas “EUROPASS gloria” is constructed out of 14 panels using revolutionary Thermal Bonding Technology. This combined with the new PSC-Texture™ surface structure gives the “EUROPASS gloria” its perfect handling characteristics and allows the players exceptional ball control. The unique outer skin improves power transmission, creates greater swerve and increases accuracy on the pitch, in all conceivable weather conditions.

 

 

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