It’s almost time for the return of the UEFA Champions League, and you know what that means – a brand new ball. The adidas Finale Berlin – Official Match Ball of the UEFA Champions League Final 2015.
With the group stages a distant memory for the remaining teams, all 16 of them will be hoping to use this new ball at the Olympiastadion in Berlin come June 6th.
Definitely a statement bit of kit from the Three Stripes, the adidas Finale Berlin is a celebration of colour and design, inspired by a city with a rich artistic heritage.
The favoured haunt of many artists and musicians, the adidas Finale Berlin aims to do the city’s reputation justice with a bold mix of expressive graphics, pain splatters and brush-strokes.
adidas pay more service to the city’s iconic history and landmarks, with the black bears from Berlin’s coat of arms emblazoning almost all panels, whilst the famous Brandenburg Gate sits at the heart of the design on the central star panel.
As we’ve come to expect since 2010’s Finale X, the adidas Finale Berlin retains all the tech that has made the UEFA Champions League balls some of the most functional and stylish in modern memory.
The star-shaped panels are thermally bonded for consistency of flight and minimised water uptake, and the entire surface of the ball is textured to offer a superb sense of control on the ball and improve it’s aerodynamic quality.
Let me know in the comments section below what you think of the ball. Some really awesome history and heritage there, listed in more detail above.