European Championship Official Soccer Balls
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History of the Official World European Championships Match Balls
The Official UEFA European Championship 2000 Tournament Match ball
Articles and pictures from Sheridan Bird, January 22, 2004
Adidas Equipment Terrestra Silverstream
The title and design of this particularly futuristic
looking ball were dedicated to the rivers of the host countries,
(Belgium and Holland) to which they owe their prosperity via trading
routes and transportation of goods. The locals nicknamed these
waterways “silver streams” due to the way their surfaces sparkle
brightly in the early morning sun.
it was another break through ball from adidas. The outer layer was
made from ergonomically crafted syntactic foam panels in long
lasting PU, making it softer to the touch and easier to control.
Inside the ball’s casing was a layer of closely compressed micro
balloons filled with gas, which distributed the impact of the strike
(from the foot or head) evenly, making it more precise and giving it
a calculable, consistent, and faster flight path (later used on the
World Cup Fevernova and Euro
Roteiro match balls).
its swerve characteristics were lethal at the right feet, as Luis
Figo proved with his missile-like shot against England, which seemed
to change direction violently when it clipped an England player’s
ankle. "We found to our cost that the slightest deflection
seems to make the ball fly," explained the English Football
Association's technical adviser, Les Reed.
Article and pictures from Sheridan Bird, January 22, 2004
Above picture with the ball in the original box provided by Jacques Barralon
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