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Adidas Euro Pass Official Match Ball of UEFA EURO 2008

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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.

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Adidas Euro Pass Official Match Ball of UEFA EURO 2008

Gloria Version

Above picture 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.    

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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

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(Above Picture compliments of Miguel Ángel Rodríguez Fernández) 

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 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. 

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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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Official 1994 World Cup Ball Adidas Questra

Adidas Questra Official 1994 World Cup Ball Adidas Questra

Articles and pictures from Sheridan Bird, January 28, 2004

In June 1990, the football viewing public were eagerly anticipating the start of the sport’s greatest tournament, the FIFA World Cup, in Italy, a country widely known and loved for its creativity and artistic ambience. A leader in fashion, wine, art and sculpture, the host nation seemed ready to provide the perfect backdrop for a festival of exciting, flowing football. 

However, the reality was far from the fantastic feast all had hoped for. Despite some tremendous waves of emotion, notably from host nation Italy in their painful semi-final exit, and likewise England, goals were at a premium. This was the first world cup which saw teams belligerently playing for penalties, without trying to attack or impose themselves in the 90 minutes and extra time. This was for many, a sterile, cynical World Cup. 

The dreary deadlock of many of the knockout matches caused a headache for FIFA, who were desperate for the next World Cup, to be held in the USA, to be a triumph. Americans were more accustomed to high scoring sports, and tepid, defensive 0-0 results would send the TV viewers away in their droves, thus jeopardizing vast amounts of advertising revenue. FIFA needed a way to make football exciting and unpredictable again. Crackpot schemes like making the goals bigger were proposed, and then rightly binned, but FIFA had a brainwave. They asked the official matchball manufacturer, Adidas, to jazz up the ball.

THE QUEST FOR THE STARS 

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Adidas concluded that the key to more goals was a lighter, more responsive ball, which would be the perfect tool for a gifted player. Out went heavy, slow balls, and in came the Questra. Taking its name from an ancient word meaning “the quest for the stars”, the new ball took its logo from its space age technology, and as a tribute to the host nation’s rich history of space exploration. The whole concept was based on the themes of innovation and striving for perfection. 

The technical development for the Questra took place in the Adidas center for ball development in France, followed by test games in France, Germany and the USA with professional players, amateurs and youth teams. The ball was manufactured from five different materials with a flexible but durable outer layer made from polyurethane. Each trigon featured an array of space imagery: planets, black holes and, of course, stars. 

Within a week of the tournament, some spectacular goals had been scored. As predicted, the better players took to the lighter model with no difficulty. Memorably, Romanian captain Hagi floated a wonderful goal over the stricken goalkeeper’s head from distance in an early group match. 

However, the goalkeeping fraternity found the ball too hot to handle. In some of the venues, such as Florida and California, the regional humidity caused the ball to bend and move in the air like never before. This made life extremely tough for the men in gloves. But, as FIFA had requested, the goals flew in from some impossible angles, and the competition was a resounding success. In terms of sheer, attacking play and flair, USA ’94 was a sensation. Of course, the final was a drab 0-0 affair, but not even space age technology could be expected to change the mentality of a defensive footballing nation such as Italy. Adidas was responsible for the balls, not tactics.

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.

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS 1996

The England badge was used for the Questra Europa ball at Euro ’96, as an embodiment of the host nation’s heritage. The infamous three lions and red roses replaced the stars and planets. Other than the new logos the balls themselves were the same as their predecessor in 1994.

For additional information on the Europa ball and other European Championship balls, click here.

SPANISH LEAGUE AND NATIONAL TEAM

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The last high profile incarnation of the Questra was in the 1996-97 season in Spain. A special edition with the Spanish football association’s eye-catching Miró-esque logo was produced, and used in league matches and by the national team. This was the Questra Apollo.

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

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– 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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UEFA Champions League 2017 Cardiff Finale

Adidas Official Match Ball for the 2017 UEFA Champions League Round of Sixteen Stages

  • Similar design at previous Champions League balls
  • Graphics include a Welsh Dragon in blue and gray colors as a symbol of Wales
  • Cardiff’s National Stadium of Whales will be the location of the 2017 UEFA Champion’s League final
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The ball features the famous star panels with the new graphics and the 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. 

Adidas has not officially released this ball.  More information to come.

Adidas Unveils Welsh Dragon-Inspired Official Match Ball for the UEFA Champions League Knock Out Stages and Final 

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– Ball will be used during the knock-out phases and final in Cardiff –

Herzogenaurach, 13th February – With the UEFA Champions League returning for its crucial final stages, Adidas today unveiled theOfficial Match Ball that will be used as Europe’s best teams compete for the trophy.  

Celebrating the nation of Wales, which will host this year’s final, the ball’s unique design features a striking dragon print – inspired by the national emblem, which famously features prominently on the Welsh flag. 

The Adidas team, who travelled to Cardiff as part of the design process, drew inspiration from the power and strength the dragon represents in Celtic mythology – with the dragon print designed to represent the ferocity with which the final stages are played. 

The ball also delivers the performance benefits required to match the standard of the players set to light up the latter stages of the competition – the likes of Messi, Bale, Suarez and Müller. Its outer coating texture is consistent with all the Adidas UEFA Champions League Official Match Balls and provides optimal grip, while the thermally-bonded star panel design provides a seamless surface for improved first touch. 

The Adidas Final Cardiff 2017 ball will be used on field during UEFA Champions League matches from 14th February up until and including the final on 3rd June.


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