With England out of it, you might be forgiven for not really giving a flying monkey’s about the UEFA European Championships in Austria and Switzerland in the summer of next year.
Well, this is the EuroPass, the official ball of the championships.
Utilizing the existing +Teamgeist technology that we have previously covered at length, it also has its own tricks to make it more exciting and easier to mainpulate. It uses mini-pimples (like a golf ball) to allow more ‘grip and swerve’ as well as assisting the goalies catch it (more details after the jump).
So it will be easier to ‘create’ shots, but easier to stop them (Scott Carson may have wanted it for England v Croatia then?), which should make the finals something of a spectacle.
Expect to see it in use next year, but there are rumours it and its replicas may be available to buy pretty soon.
December 3, 2007 – Today adidas unveils the official match ball for the UEFA European 2008 Championships™ for use in Austria and Switzerland next summer.
The match ball features a striking new ‘pimple’ effect that enables truer flight – it works on the same aerodynamic principles used in golf ball design. The mini ‘pimples’ enable more grip and swerve when the ball is kicked, but also help goalkeepers when catching the ball.
The ball utilises existing +Teamgeistä technology, a14-panel configuration, which reduces the amount of three-panel touch points by 60% and the total length of the panel lines by over 15% forming a perfectly round exterior allowing players significant improvements in accuracy and control.
The Match Ball is designed in white, red and black, the traditional colours of the Austrian and Swiss national football teams, and accentuated with the silver colour of the UEFA Europeanä trophy.
Only balls with a perfectly round and smooth surface react reliably and consistently when kicked. Key to the unmatched performance of the new Match Ball is the revolutionary 14-panel ball construction. This innovative configuration brings down the number of three-panel touch points by 60% (from 60 to 24) and the total length of the panel lines is reduced by over 15% (from 40.05 cm to 33.93 cm).
The Thermal Bonding technology, which adidas successfully introduced in 2004, has been further refined to give the +Teamgeistä performance qualities found in no other ball.
Extensive comparative testing by Loughborough University in England and in the adidas football laboratory in Scheinfeld, Germany, provide proof that the overall performance of the +Teamgeistä is unprecedented. The new adidas +Teamgeist is widely expected to beat all known sales records.
The experience of adidas in football production is unequalled. adidas first began the production of footballs in 1963 and is now the world’s leading manufacturer, always at the cutting edge of technology. adidas has supplied the Official Match Balls to all major UEFA and FIFA tournaments since 1970 and will also be the Official Partner and Supplier of the Match Ball of the 2010 FIFA World Cupä.