The design inspiration of the ball this year is a celebration of Portugal´s legacy as a proud sea going nation. The different shades of blue reflect the importance that both sky and sea have played in Lisbon’s nautical history. The orange is a testament to the capital city’s orange-roofed houses, which can be seen from the numerous viewpoints scattered throughout Lisbon´s several hills.
The ball features an outer coating texture designed to provide optimal grip at the point of impact. The thermally bonded star panel design on the match ball, based on the design of the UEFA Champions League logo, provides a seamless surface and enhanced performance.
Commenting on the new adidas Finale Lisbon Official Match Ball and his adizeroTM f50 Messi boots, Leo Messi said: “It’s great to play in the knock out stages of the UEFA Champions League and hopefully this season we can make it to the Final in Lisbon. The ball is very beautiful! I would say that the UEFA Champions League ball is the most popular ball with the players, it really is the benchmark, and adidas continue to improve on this product year after year. I’m also very excited to show my fans my new adizero f50 Messi boots which I will debut for the first time in the UEFA Champions League onTuesday night.”
Jochen Raff, adidas Football Senior Product Manager said: “Throughout the years, the innovation put in to each of our balls reflects the evolution of football and how it´s played. Sometimes it´s not so much a question of ground-breaking revolutions but rather making subtle but decisive tweaks that make the ball even better and enhance the experience both for professional and amateur, everyday players.”
The adidas Finale Lisbon ball will be used on field during UEFA Champions League matches from February 18th onwards up until and including the final. It is available now for purchase in selected adidas retail outlets, associated stockists and via www.adidas.com/football. Join the UEFA Champions League conversation on www.adidas.com/gamedayplus or on Twitter: @adidasfootball #ucl.
The adizeroTM f50 Messi boots are available for purchase in adidas retail outlets, associated stockists from March 1st. For further information follow
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