How Adidas Footballs are made - Champions League Final Milano 2016
Adidas footballs are incredibly popular in the freestyle community. With the release of the new Adidas Final Milano 2016, Uefa have released a short video covering how these balls are made and the story behind the iconic star panel design.
The most interesting fact is that the 8 stars on the ball represent the 8 final teams which entered into the first Champions League group stage in the 1992/1993 season. The “Star Ball” made its debut in 2001. But was only sparsely used, mostly in the finals. In the 2006/2007 it became the official ball of the competition, being used in every game across the continent – the design was the Finale 6.
This was also the time where match balls were becoming increasingly popular amongst freestylers. The Adidas Teamgeist, the ball from the 2006 World Cup, became a huge hit. The Adidas Finale used the same thermally bonded panels as the Teamgeist, so the fresh design and updated colour ways were very much welcomed.
In 2010, the stars actually became the panels, giving the ball a different feel. With each passing season, the design on the ball becomes more detailed. With images embedded into the stars which represent the location of the final. This year the final will be held in Milan at the San Siro stadium. Because of this, Adidas have added black stripes to the ball which are inspired by the stadium. It’s the biggest shake up to the design in years.
Check out the excellent video from Uefa below to hear the thoughts from the designers and take a look at the finale match balls of the past. Also below the video you can find images of the Adidas Final Milano 2016 which is available now.
Adidas Champions League Final Milano 2016