While last year’s UEFA European Football Championship planned competition was delayed until 2021, Euro 2020 has retained its name to celebrate the sixty years that have passed since the Soviet Union beat Yugoslavia 2–1 in the very first Euro final in Paris in 1960. Euro 2020 is now firmly underway, and with a new Euro tournament comes a new official match ball. Let’s take a closer look at what inspired the ball’s design.
What is an official Euro match ball?
While there was no design for a specific match ball in 1960 or 1964, since 1968, there has always been an official ball for the quadrennial Euro competition. The first one was designed by Adidas. It was called the Telstar Elast, named after the Telstar satellite. It was a pretty standard-looking white and black soccer ball.
What does the Euro 2020 match ball look like?
If you have been following Euro 2020, you’re sure to have seen the official match ball, but you may not have paid much attention to the ball’s design. In fact, your mind has probably been more preoccupied with your country’s performance and whether it can go on to win the European tournament. For all the latest news and odds, check out Euro 2020 betting on Casumo. But the official Euro match ball is an important part of the proceedings. Revealed in 2019, the latest ball from Adidas features bold black brushstroke-like lines running across a predominantly white ball, interspersed with flashes of bright blue, yellow, and pink. The logos for Adidas and Euro 2020 are also on the ball, printed in black. Using the same panel shape and materials as for the World Cup 2018 soccer ball, the Euro 2020 ball was comprehensively tested to ensure it was fit for professional soccer. It has superb flight stability, bounce, predictability, and durability.
What is the inspiration behind the official Euro 2020 match ball?
The name of the match ball is Adidas Uniforia; which combines the words “unity” and “euphoria.” The name represents the unity and euphoria that comes from top-level international soccer. It’s designed to celebrate the inclusiveness and diversity of the Euro 20202 competition. The design of the lines on the ball encompasses the idea of crossing bridges and blurring boundaries, while the flashes of bright colors represent the coming together of different cultures at Euro 2020.
The product designer at Adidas, Anika Marie Kennaugh, said that when the team was designing the ball, they looked at ways to reflect different cultures. She went on to say that EURO 2020 is an opportunity to showcase the power of unity and to celebrate sport for its ability to connect people, ideas, and creativity. It was important that the ball’s design reflected that. As a symbol of unity, the official match ball is a design that everyone can get behind and celebrate.
What were the designs of previous official Euro match balls?
Since the first official match ball, 1968’s Telstar Elast, was designed, a new official soccer ball has been launched for each Euro competition. A new incarnation of its predecessor was designed for 1972, called the Telstar Durlast. The same ball design was used in 1976 but it had added lamination to make it more water-resistant. In 1980, the official match ball was the Tango River Plate, referencing the host nation of Argentina. The first non-leather ball was used in 1984, called the Tango Mundial, which was followed by 1988’s Tango Europa ball and 1992’s Etrusco Unito. 1996’s Questra Europa ball was the first to feature color. Thereafter came the Terrestra Silverstream of 2000, the Roteiro of 2004, the Europass of 2008, the Tango 12 of 2012, and the Beau Jeu of 2016; which is French for “Beautiful Game.”