Adidas Finale

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The Adidas Finale is a brand of football made by Adidas. It is the current official football of the UEFA Champions League, after Adidas took over the contract of official supplier from Nike in 2001. The internal and external design of the ball changes reflecting improvements to football technologies taken from other Adidas-produced football. The external design is the "Starball" based on the stars of the UEFA Champions League logo. [1] Each years ball keeps the branding name of Adidas Finale, excepting suffixes to designate the year.

Usage[edit]

During its introduction the Adidas Finale was only used in the latter stages of Champions League competition; it was not uncommon to see other balls in preliminary rounds, for example, a Puma ball was used in a 2006–07 third qualifying round second leg match between Maccabi Haifa and Liverpool. However, in recent years the Adidas Finale had been used in all stages of UEFA Champions League season. The balls can also be seen in other UEFA competitions. These balls are also occasionally used in the UEFA Women's Champions League with similar ball graphics.[citation needed]

Construction[edit]

The ball is made by Adidas as the German brand took over the contract from Nike in 2001, and was firstly developed based on the Adidas Terrestra Silverstream, the official matchball of the UEFA Euro 2000 in the Netherlands and Belgium. This ball was also made with the same type of materials and construction used for the Adidas Fevernova, except, of course, the graphics.[2]

The Finale ball incorporates a unique design that was inspired by the UEFA Champions League "star-ball" logo. The Finale is softer, faster, and more accurate than any other Adidas football before and it also features a layer of highly compressed, gas-filled micro-balloons of equal size (syntactic foam), proven during Euro 2000 and probably contributing to one of the highest average goal rates in a major tournament.[2]

Until the final of the 2005–06 season, the Finale used the traditional truncated icosahedron design for their balls. From then on the panels are the same as the Adidas Teamgeist ball. From 2004–05 the ball was the same as the Adidas Roteiro balls, with thermally bonded panels. The only difference was the design of the pattern.

Design[edit]

Each season in the Champions League, the colour of the stars on the ball is changed. The first ball, in 2000–1 was silver, followed by black in 2001–02, then dark blue in 2003–04, and red in 2004–05. This was followed by light blue in 2005–06. The design for next season's ball was used in this season's final. A light blue ball was used for most of the 2005–06 season, but in the final between Arsenal and FC Barcelona, held in the Stade de France, Paris it was replaced by a ball with the same paneling as the Adidas +Teamgeist but decorated with pink stars. For the 2006–07 season, the ball had grey stars trimmed in red and white and the Finale Athens ball is a chrome silver metallic with royal blue and white. For the 2007–08 season, the ball was decorated in tangerine orange and black stars with grey trim. For the final of the 2007–08 season in Moscow, the ball was gray and red stars with a gold trim, while the ball's paneling was still same with +Teamgeist, but with PSC- Texture™ which based on Adidas Europass. The match ball used for the 2008–09 season was black and white with a green trim. For 2009-10, the star-ball's based panels is being used.

Champions League final variants[edit]

Each match ball intended for use in the final is marked with the location at which the final match is to be played. For example, the 2004–05 Champions League final was held in Istanbul, Turkey and as such, the blue/silver-starred Finale balls were marked with Istanbul.

Collectors' items[edit]

These official match balls are well prized. The UEFA Champions League is thought to be the most prestigious club competition and the ball itself has a very unusual design which makes the ball unique, FIFA Approved with highest rating, and fairly cherishable.

List of balls[edit]

Season Ball name Ball family Starball design Final venue Final design variation Notes
2000-01 Adidas Finale Adidas Terrestra Silverstream Grey stars Milan First used in 2000-01 Champions League semi-finals
2001-02 Adidas Finale Adidas Terrestra Silverstream Grey stars Same ball as used for 2000-01 season
2002-03 Adidas Finale 2003 Adidas Terrestra Silverstream / Fevernova Black stars Same design and materials as 2000-01 season with black stars instead of gray
2003-04 Adidas Finale 2003/2004 Adidas Terrestra Silverstream / Fevernova Blue stars AufSchalke Arena, Gelsenkirchen With AufSchalke Arena logo Same design and materials as 2000-01 season with blue stars instead of gray
2004-05 Adidas Finale Adidas Roteiro Red Stars Istanbul Istanbul logo Adidas has recorded this as the 4th generation Finale
2005-06 Adidas Finale Adidas Teamgeist Blue/Gray Red/blue/white Starball  ?Same Materials and Construction as the 2007 World Cup Teamgeist Ball
2006-07 Adidas Finale Adidas Teamgeist Black/Red Athens Adidas Finale Athens - Blue/White starball An orange variation exists for snow conditions
2007-08 Adidas Finale Yellow Red
2008-09 Adidas Finale 8 Adidas Teamgeist II / Europass / Terrapass Indigo/Indigo metallic/Rave Green Rome Adidas Finale Rome - Burgundy/Gold
2009-10 Adidas Finale 9 Red/Black Madrid Adidas Finale Madrid - Red/Gold
2010-11 Adidas Finale 10 Blue Wembley, London
2011-12 Adidas Finale 11 Munich Adidas Finale Munich - Blue/Aqua/Yellow
2012-13 Adidas Finale 12 Wembley, London Adidas Finale Wembley - marked Final Wembley 2013, with the years of previous finals held in Wembley marked on the ball
2013-14 Adidas Finale 13 White / Infrared / Silver / Black Estadio da Luz, Lisbon Altered colours, marked final Lisbon 2014
2014-15 Adidas Finale 14 White / Solar Red / Solar Orange

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.soccerballworld.com/UEFA-Champions-Finale.htm
  2. ^ a b "Finale". Soccerballworld.com. Retrieved 2014-03-06. 

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