UEFA: Adidas unveil the ball for the Champions League knockout stages

Adidas have just unveiled the new ball that will be used in the latter stages of the European Champions League this season.

The knockout stages kick off tonight, with English side Liverpool facing Spanish Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano while Paris St-Germain take on Borussia Dortmund.

Nothing quite excites fans much like the Champions League, with the biggest and best teams in Europe going head to head. Winning the competition is seen as the peak of many footballer's careers and many have etched out legendary statuses in the tournament.

And on the day of the knockout phase, Adidas have dropped what ball the players will be using. 

With the final taking place in Istanbul, Turkey, the design has taken inspiration from the famous European city. A statement read: "Adidas today reveals Finale Istanbul, the Official Match Ball for the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League knockout stages.

"Drawing its inspiration from the host city, where East and West merge, the intricate design features a hand drawn artistic interpretation of a map of Istanbul, which uniquely bridges the two continents of Europe and Asia."

Adidas continue: "The Official Match Ball of the final has been designed to highlight the famous stars of the UEFA Champions League.

"Nodding to Istanbul’s deep culture of art, the carefully placed white stars contrast to a hand printed artwork of a map of the city which can be followed and adorns the rest of the ball.

"At the centre of this is the Bosporus narrow, a natural waterway that flows through the country and city itself to merge East and West."

The ball features the latest adidas performance technology to help ensure Europe’s elite can ball out to their best ability. 

The ball features a high-performance structure and an outer texture coating gives a secure grip and complete control while the panels are thermally bonded, with more sustainable glue, to provide a seamless surface for an improved first touch.

The 2019/20 UEFA Champions League Final takes place in Istanbul 30th May 2020. You can cop the adidas Finale Istanbul Pro from the adidas website, in adidas retail stores and selected retailers from today.

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