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Official Match Ball Beau Jeu UEFA EURO 2016

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One of the most famous French footballers of all time, Zinédine Zidane has taken to his personal Instagram page https://instagram.com/zidane/ to reveal Beau Jeu, the Official Match Ball of the UEFA EURO 2016TM group stages. Beau Jeu, translated in English as “the beautiful game”, is closely linked to next year’s host country, France. The layering of color incorporates the blue, white and red of the French Tricolour, and integrates silver highlights in reference to the much sought after UEFA EURO trophy. The letters E – U – R – O and the figures 2 – 0 – 1 – 6 are also clearly visible through the blocking design of the ball.

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The ultimate ambassador of “the beautiful game”, Zinédine Zidane took center stage with Beau Jeu inside the world’s first digital football stadium entitled FUTURE ARENA in Saint Denis, Paris. FUTURE ARENA is a five a side football pitch with an incredible 360° projected digital football stadium surrounding the players who dare to take the field and experience what it feels like to play in front of 50,000 screaming fans. The digital fans will respond in real time to every movement on the field of play: the goals; the skills and the heartbreak of playing in a real UEFA EURO fixture. FUTURE ARENA will be open Thursday 12th – Sunday 15th November and will give youngsters from across Europe the chance to play with the new UEFA EURO 2016TM group stage ball.
 

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In development for over 18 months, Adidas has taken the best elements of the much-loved, and most-tested, Brazuca FIFA World Cup Official Match Ball, and added a French touch of class in time for the EUROS. Beau Jeu still incorporates Brazuca’s innovative and widely praised panel shape, but improvements made to the surface structure and blocking, offer improved grip and enhanced in-flight visibility respectively. Beau Jeu will be officially handed over to all competing federations by the end of November 2015 in order to give all players a six month window to train and play with the ball ahead of the tournament kick off in June 2016. Numerous high profile players throughout Europe tested the ball and delivered feedback during the 18 month development period including Wales forward Gareth Bale who said: “I already tested Beau Jeu in training with long shots, passes and running at pace. It performed brilliantly. I can’t wait for the tournament to start. “Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas also said: “We already got to use Beau Jeu in some intense training sessions. As a goalkeeper, it’s important to have the chance to take goal-kicks, practice shot-stopping, punch, catch, and throw any new ball. Beau Jeu is going to be great at EURO 2016.”Beau Jeu will be available to purchase starting Friday 13th November at Adidas own-retail outlets and specialist retailers worldwide. 

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Soccer Soccer Ball Information

The Oldest Football

In 1836 Charles Goodyear patented vulcanized rubber. Prior to this, balls were dependant on the size and shape of the pig’s bladder. The more irregular the bladder, the more unpredictable the behavior of the ball was when kicked. However; it would not be until the twentieth century until most balls were made with rubber bladders.

In 1855, Charles Goodyear designed and built the first vulcanized rubber soccer balls (footballs).  The following picture shows the Charles Goodyear ball that was on display at the National Soccer Hall of Fame which was located in Oneonta, NY, USA.

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Oldest Soccer Ball (Football) Facts:

  • Designed and Built in 1855 by Charles Goodyear
  • Made of vulcanized rubber panels glued at the seams  
  • Panels are shaped similar to today’s basketball
  • The ball was used for a game between the Oneida Football Club, the first organized team in the US, and a team of players from Boston Latin and Boston English Schools. The Oneida club was formed by Gerritt Smith-Miller and came from the students at Dixwell Latin School, where he was a student. Dixwell Latin merged with other schools over time and is a forbear to Noble & Greenough, an independent school located in Dedham, MA. The game was played on Boston Common, where there is a monument to commemorate the game, on November 7, 1863. The ball became the trophy from that game as shown in the picture above.
  • The ball was donated by the family of Gerritt Smith-Miller to The Society For the Preservation of New England Antiquities in 1925. 
  • It is interesting to note that when James Naismith developed the game of basketball, the first game was played with – a soccer ball! 
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Information and pictures obtained from the  National Soccer Hall of Fame which was located in Oneonta, NY, USA.  

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World Football League Match Balls

“There can be no game of football without a ball and the better the ball, the better the game.”

Information on the footballs or soccer balls used in the some of the world’s football leagues is provided. 

If you have additional information or would like to send us your review of the following soccer balls, please contact us so it can be added to this web site. 

Click on the titles below to go directly to that section:MLS Official Match Ball 2017

MLS Official Match Ball 2016

MLS Official Match Ball 2015

English Premier League Official Match Ball 2016 2017

Serie A Official Match Ball 2016 2017

La Liga Official Match Ball 2016 2017

English Premier League Official Match Ball 2014 2015

Serie A Official Match Ball 2014 2015

La Liga Official Match Ball 2014 2015

This page will be updated with more of the world’s football league match balls in the near future!

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Euro Soccer Balls Soccer

European Championship Official Soccer Balls


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European Championship Official Soccer Balls

Telstar Elast: 1968 The first Telstar ball

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Telstar Mexico: 1972

Featured new polyurethane coating and Durlast technology which increased the water resistance of the leather ball.

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Telstar : 1976

Featured enhanced lamination of the Durlast material to further reduce water intake.

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New Tango design which lasted until 2000

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Tango Mundial : 1984

The first non-leather ball featuring a new polyurethane material with an enhanced layering system to increase the cushioning of the ball. This was the first time that the UEFA EURO™ Official Match Ball featured a UEFA EURO™ bespoke design for the tournament. 

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Tango Europa : 1988

An enhanced polyurethane and seam sealing was added to protect the ball against water penetration.

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Etrvsco Unico: 1992

Adidas introduced this ball at the 1990 World Cup which had rubber inlaid over the seams to prevent water from seeping through. The first ball with water-resistant qualities. General wear from kicking however meant the rubber began to wear after a short time and needed to be replaced during the game. The last genuine leather world cup ball. A bespoke design language featuring lion heads inspired by the Etruscan history in addition to a new polyurethane foam.

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Questra Europa: 1996

First colored ball in a major tournament. A new polyurethane foam was added to increase the touch and cushioning of the ball. The design was inspired by the English rose and the three lions of the English Federation.

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Terrestra Silverstream : 2000

The outer layer was made from ergonomically crafted syntactic foam panels in long lasting PU. An improved foam construction was added to further enhance cushioning of the ball, and the technical execution of the Tango design was inspired by the rivers and sea in the Netherlands and Belgium.

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Roteiro  : 2004

Thermal bonded panel edges. Special adhesive for durability and water resistance.  The Roteiro was a breakthrough in football development being the first non-handstitched football in history. A new thermal bonded technology made the ball more resistant, increased touch and significantly reduced water uptake. The design and name were inspired by Vasco da Gama, the great Portuguese explorer, and included a light blue / silver base colour which highlighted Portugal as a nation of discoverers.

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Europass : 2008  

Euro 2008 Official Match Ball. New panel system developed with a special texture on the surface of the ball to provide players and goalkeepers with a better grip on the ball. The design was also a new and contemporary interpretation of the Telstar design.

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Tango 12 : 2012  

Tango 12 UEFA Euro 2012 – Tango is back with a new design.

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Beau Jeu : 2016  
Beau Jeu UEFA Euro 2016  – Beau Jeu  incorporates Brazuca’s innovative and widely praised panel shape, but improvements made to the surface structure and blocking, offer improved grip and enhanced in-flight visibility respectively.

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Fracus Knock-Out Phase : 2016  

Beau Jeu UEFA Euro 2016  – Beau Jeu  incorporates Brazuca’s innovative and widely praised panel shape, but improvements made to the surface structure and blocking, offer improved grip and enhanced in-flight visibility respectively.


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See also: Latest Ball Developments

 Official World Cup Match Balls

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Olympic Soccer Balls Soccer

OLYMPICS 2016 – Errejota

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ERREJOTA: Rio de Janeiro is inspiration for Adidas’ 2016 Official Match Ball

ERREJOTA represents the Brazilian city as the epicenter of culture and lifestyle that fuels and stimulates the whole world.

Rio de Janeiro, November 19, 2015 – If Brazil is the country of football, Rio de Janeiro is the football capital. Whether in pitches, in the suburbs, or on the beach, it is easy to find talents blooming all around the city. Inspired by the carioca warmth and vibrancy, Adidas introduces ERREJOTA, the new ball for the 2016 season.With a Brazilian DNA, ERREJOTA carries the green and yellow colors – a tribute to the country’s flag -in a wave design – a reference to the sidewalks along Rio’s beaches. Its technology is the same as in the renowned Brazuca FIFA World Cup 2014 Official Match Ball, featuring a symmetrical structure of six identical panels and an exclusive surface that provides more grip, contact, stability and aerodynamics on the pitch, in any weather conditions.

ERREJOTA’s Brazilian and Carioca (Rio de Janeiro lifestyle) roots are the subject of the new Adidas video “Incendeie o Jogo” (Fire Up the Game), which celebrates the football together with the Marvelous City. With a Trap Funk produced by DJ Jo„o Brasil and featuring MC Nego Do Borel, as well as the participation of the football players Gabriel Jesus (Palmeiras), Samir (Flamengo), Marlon (Fluminense), the synchronized swimmers Bia and Branca Feres, and national freestylers superstars. In the video, ERREJOTA becomes the core of Rio de Janeiro, showing the city’s scenery, such as Arpoador, Morro Dona Marta and also its main football fields.

“Adidas understands that Rio de Janeiro is Brazil’s heart, so we want ERREJOTA to represent not only this carioca soul, but also light up the fire and make the world’s hottest city boil” said Adidas president for Brazil Fernando Basualdo.

With the ball’s first appearance scheduled for the FIFA Club World Cup, the ERREJOTA will take the Carioca spirit to Japan on December 10th in the Yokohama International Stadium. The ball will also be used in all world championships organized by FIFA during the 2016 season, including Rio de Janeiro.

The ERREJOTA is also available in five-a-side, indoor, beach and mini (for children) versions. 

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Official match balls of the Olympic Games

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OLYMPICS 1996

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The triumph of the Questra led to the birth of several new models. For the Olympic football tournament in Atlanta, the ball was given a new image and named the Questra Olympia. The fabled Olympic flame was placed in the trigon as a tribute to the spirit and history of the games.

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The ball pictured above is claimed to be USED IN THE FINAL MATCH of the Olympic soccer tournament (3rd august, 1996)

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Above two pictures provided by Jacques Barralon

The following information about this ball is from Soccer Ball World Visitor Peter Pesti

ORIGIN:
This particular ball was a present from the gold medalist Nigerian superstar, Jay Jay Okocha, who used to play in Eintracht Frankfurt (Germany) for many years in his early career and he speaks very good German. He took this ball with him after winning the Gold Medal of the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games against Argentina. The ball is in a great condition and it was only used once. No one ever has played with it after the final. If you examine the ball closely you can still see some very small old dry grass between the panels on the stitching.

Argentina (2) – Nigeria (3)

IMPORTANCE:
This ball is very special, because it was kicked by superstars; for example, Ortega, Crespo, Almeyda, Simeone and like Okocha, Kanu, Amokachi, Ikpeba, Babayaro in the 1996 Olympic games that was hosted in United States of America. It was also the first time an African team had ever won a world wide international soccer tournament. 

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The History of the Official World Cup Match Balls

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Telstar : Mexico, 1970 Adidas started to make soccer balls in 1963 but made the first official FIFA World Cup ball in 1970. This is the first ball used in the World Cup to use the Buckminster type of design. Also, the first ball with 32 black and white panels. The TELSTAR was more visible on black and white televisions (1970 FIFA World Cup Mexico™ was the first to be broadcast live on television). 

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Telstar Durlast R : West Germany, 1974  

Two match balls were used in 1974 – adidas Telstar was updated with new black branding replacing the gold branding and a new all-white version of Telstar named adidas Chile was introduced. 1974 was also the first time World Cup match balls could carry names and logos.

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Tango Durlast: Argentina, 1978 The ball design represented elegance, dynamism and passion.  

The 1978 match ball included 20 panels with triads that created an optical impression of 12 identical circles. The Tango inspired the match ball design for the following five World Cup tournaments.

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Tango Espana: Spain, 1982

Adidas introduced a new ball which had rubber inlaid over the seams to prevent water from seeping through. The first ball with water-resistant qualities. General wear from kicking however meant the rubber began to wear after a short time and needed to be replaced during the game. The last genuine leather world cup ball.

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Azteca : México, 1986

The FIFA World Cup Mexico, saw the introduction of the first polyurethane coated ball which was rain-resistant. The first synthetic match ball, with good qualities on hard and wet surfaces. 

The ball was the first to include designs inspired by the host nation. The Azteca was elegantly decorated with designs inspired by Mexico’s Aztec architecture and murals.

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Etrusco:  Italy, 1990  

The first ball with an internal layer of black polyurethane foam. The name and design paid homage to Italy’s history and the fine art of the Etruscans.

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Questra: USA, 1994

FIFA World Cup USA, 1994, official ball which was enveloped in a layer of polystyrene foam.

This not only made it more waterproof but allowed the ball greater acceleration when kicked. The new game ball felt softer to the touch. Improved ball control and higher velocity during play.

The ball’s design represents space technology, high velocity rockets and America’s “quest for the stars.”

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Tricolore: France, 1998

By 1998, FIFA World Cup France was played with a ball which sported the French red-white-blue tri-color. A complete departure from the old traditional black and white pattern.  The first official World Cup colored soccer ball.  The TRICOLORE used underglass print technology with a thin layer of syntactic foam.

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ICON Women’s World Cup 1999 Match Ball

The first ball specially designed for the Women’s World Cup

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Fevernova TM : Korea Japan, 2002

For FIFA World Cup Korea Japan, 2002, Adidas created a new ball made up of thicker inner layers to increase the accuracy of the ball in flight. Fevernova included a refined syntactic foam layer that allowed for more precise and predictable flight path. Asian culture inspired the revolutionary colorful look.

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Teamgeist Germany, Berlin and Final Ball 2006   

A radically new configuration reduced the amount of panel touch points forming a smooth and perfectly round exterior that improved accuracy and control. Prior to the Teamgeist, the surface of World Cup match balls had notable differences depending on where a player would strike the ball due to seams, ridges and other imperfections where panels come together. The revolutionary propeller design of the Teamgeist minimized corners and created a smoother surface for improved play. The ball was designed with traditional colors of the German flag and was accentuated with the golden color of the World Cup trophy.

 

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Jabulani – the Official Match Ball for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa.

The Jabulani featured a new grip n groove technology that provided players a ball with stable flight and grip under all conditions. With eight thermally bonded 3-D panels that were spherically molded for the first time, the Jabulani was more round and accurate than its predecessors.

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Jo’bulani – the Gold Final Official Match Ball for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa.

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2011 Women’s World Cup Official Match Ball – SpeedCell

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2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Adidas Brazuca

Brazuca was confirmed as the match ball name after a public vote in Brazil, participated in by more than one million soccer fans in the host country.

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Women’s World Cup 2015 Match Ball

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“Telstar 18”, the Official Match Ball for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

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The new Telstar 18 is a reimagining of the first Adidas FIFA World Cup match ball – ‘star of television’

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2016 COPA AMERICA – ORDEM CIENTO: THE OFFICIAL BALL OF COPA AMERICA CENTENARIO

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Throughout its history, Copa America has served up high doses of drama, with each competition fueling the mythology of the world’s oldest international soccer championship – be it final matches featuring four periods of extra-time or a hat-trick of penalty-kick misses.This year’s special-edition contest promises to uphold the theatrical tradition, with the tournament (kicking June, 2016 in the United States) augmenting its standard 12-team line up to 16. Comprising North and South American Football federations, plus a host of invited teams, the cup’s player roster includes Neymar Jr., Giovanni Dos Santos, Alexis Sanchez, Edison Cavani, Clint Dempsey and more. 

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“We’re excited to create the official ball of the Copa America Centenario and to be able to bring Nike innovation to what promises to be an incredible spectacle,” said Andrea Perez, General Manager of Nike Soccer North America. 

At the center the entire spectacle sits the tournament’s official match ball: the Nike Ordem Ciento. Exclusively created to honor the competition’s legacy, the ball blends leading technologies with a bold, graphic aesthetic.

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A graphic red and black composition both modernizes the sport’s classic geometric design and augments it with bold sweeps of soulful color. The resulting bold effect helps players catch sight of the ball quickly, which accordingly helps enable rapid decision-making.

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Designed and engineered for a highly sensitive feel and explosive response off the foot, the ball consists of 12 fuse-welded panels in a three-layer casing system and a poly-blend wrapped, free-floating carbon latex bladder.

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The ball’s NIKE AEROW TRAC grooves, Nike Football’s newest proprietary innovation are engineered to grip and channel air to produce the truest trajectory and most consistent flight, which help ensure stability and accuracy mid-air.

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FEATURES:

  • Nike® Aerowtrac grooves and micro-textured casing design equalize air flow over the surface of the ball for great control and accurate ball flight
  • Restricted 12-wing carbon latex bladder for unbelievable responsiveness and superior touch and shape
  • Fuse-welded three-layer synthetic leather casing provides a great touch and maximum response
  • Compressed Polyethylene layer helps store energy which is then released at launch
  • Cross-linked Nitrogen-expanded foam layer for excellent shape retention
  • Polyester support fabric improves structure and stability
  • Perfect sphericity makes this ball fly faster, farther, and with more accuracy 
  • Nike® RaDaR technology with depth-enhanced performance graphics helps in peripheral and central vision so you can react quickly
  • FIFA Quality Approved, the highest FIFA ranking

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See Also:  

Copa America 2015 Official Ball

Latest Soccer Ball Developments

Teamgeist II Goal Line technology

  History of the World Cup Official Soccer Balls

Other Soccer Ball History Information on Soccer Ball World

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Adidas unveils Fracas, the Official Match Ball of UEFA Euro 2016TM Knock-Out Phase

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Ball design captures the excitement and drama of knock-out football-

– The name Fracas translates to ‘clamour’ in French

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Paris, 20th June – Today Adidas launched Fracas, the Official Match Ball of the UEFA EURO 2016TM knock-out phase and the ball that will be used during the tournament final on 10th July.

Some of Paris’ biggest talent from music, popular culture and fashion have worked with Adidas to help with the naming of the ball. The name – which translates to ‘clamour’ in French – was chosen to encapsulate the drama and excitement associated with knock-out games. The unpredictability of the latter stages of a major tournament is also captured in the dynamic red and black design of Fracas.  

Sam Handy, Vice President of Design, explained the thinking behind the new design: “For Fracas, we wanted to be bold with our design direction and create something that incorporated the emotions felt during the latter stages of tournament football. Beau Jeu was all about tactical football; doing what you had to do in order to get to the knock-out stages. Fracas is a more disruptive design. It represents the noise of the crowd and the excitement around a winner-takes-all mentality on the pitch.” 

The structure which underpins both Fracas and Beau Jeu has been in development for over 18 months and takes the best elements of the Brazuca FIFA World Cup Official Match Ball, including the innovative panel shape. The two balls, which together will decide the winners of UEFA EURO 2016TM, feature improved surface structure and blocking, offering enhanced grip and in-flight visibility. During this development process, both balls have been tested independently by top players such as Gareth Bale and Iker Casillas. 

To view the Fracas film, visit https://youtu.be/Vjby55BQD9Q

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UEFA Champions League 2016-2017

Adidas unveils the Official Match Ball for the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League Group Stages

  • New design features messages from players explaining how they win their way
  • New Official Match Ball seen on-pitch for the first time on 13th September 2016
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Herzogenaurach, August 25 – Adidas has today revealed the Official Match Ball for the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League group stages. The ball, which will help decide the winners of the biggest prize in club football, has a striking new design featuring comments from Adidas players on what winning means to them. The hand written messages come from some of the game’s best players, including the likes of Mesut Ozil, Toni Kroos, James Rodriguez and Gareth Bale all saying how they win their way. “Play your life, I play mine”, says Ozil, with Toni Kroos contributing “controlling the game is everything”. James Rodriguez says “la creatividad gana”, meaning “creativity wins” whereas Bale says “being faster than a bullet”.

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The ball features white panels surrounded by green stars and is based on the design of the UEFA Champions League logo. The star panels contain an outer coating texture, consistent across all Adidas UEFA Champions League Official Match Balls , to provide a seamless surface for optimal grip in varied conditions. 

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