Here is an unusual ball that has made its way into the “official matchball” category of a top European league. It is the Derbystar Brillant that is currently on show in Holland’s Eredivisie games. Rather than using a Nike ball (the national teams sponsor) it seems the league has gone with a slightly less conventional choice in the Derbystar brand.
What is slightly unusual is the fact that this is a ball features a connection with the SELECT brand, and we have no idea what this is all about!
What we do know is that we are going to have some readers out there who have first hand experience with this ball, and we want your feedback! If that is you, hit up the comment section and fill us in with your thoughts.
UPDATE: We just received the following info from the folks at SELECT USA:
DerbyStar is a relatively unknown brand here in the United States and there are no formal distributors. This is because SELECT produces all of DerbyStar’s soccer balls worldwide.
It can be a little confusing at times but here is how everything breaks down:
Main Ownership: SELECT Sport A/S (Denmark)
Denmark: SELECT (Soccer and Handball)
Norway/Sweden/Finland: SELECT (Soccer and Handball)
United States: SELECT Sport America (Soccer and Handball)
Holland: DerbyStar (Soccer), SELECT (Handball)
Germany: DerbyStar (Soccer), SELECT (Handball)
France: SELECT (Soccer and Handball)
The DerbyStar brand name is hugely popular in Holland and Germany and it has an extremely loyal following because of the quality of our soccer balls. The DerbyStar Brillant APS is actually the same ball as our Brillant Super in terms of construction and materials.