Today, Adidas unveiled the official match ball to commemorate this years UEFA Champions League Final, taking place at Wembley Stadium on 25th May – the Adidas Finale Wembley.
Wembley has seen some of the greatest teams in history compete for the top trophy in European football. From the AC Milan team in ’63, Manchester United in ’78, Ajax in ’71 to Liverpool’s ’78 side and Barcelona’s all-conquering teams in ’92 and again in 2011, Wembley has born witness to some fantastic sides lifting the UEFA Champions League trophy.
The aesthetic of the ball reflects these events, incorporating the years in which the finals took place into the well-known star panel design – an iconic feature of adidas’ official match balls for the competition. The technical graphics and the expressive colour scheme come together to reflect the grandeur of the occasion where this year’s winners will be crowned in front of the near 90,000-strong crowd.
Guy-Laurent Epstein, UEFA Events SA Marketing Director stated
The ball is bold, iconic and almost regal in appearance which, for us, brilliantly reflects the UEFA Champions League values and the fact that this year’s final will be held in London. This season will see the ball used on-pitch for all knockout stage matches along the road to Wembley where the Kings of Europe will be crowned on what promises to be another historic night of European club football.
This year’s ball will be the twentieth Official Match Ball adidas has produced for the UEFA Champions League competition. The adidas Finale Wembley will be used on field during UEFA Champions League matches from February 12th and is available for purchase from February 1st.
What do you guys think of this latest design?