adidas presents the Official Match Ball for the UEFA Champions League Final in Athens on May 23rd: the adidas "Finale Athens". The Greek capital is hosting its 4th UEFA Champions League Final in the newly built 2004 Olympic Stadium, where Europe's best football clubs will play the Final of the 2006/2007 season.
The adidas "Finale Athens" features the successful adidas +Teamgeist technology, a 14-panel configuration. It reduces the number of three-panel touch points by 60% and the total length of panel lines by 15%. This creates a perfectly round ball allowing great accuracy and control for Europe's best football clubs. The combination of the revolutionary panel shape, a new carcass construction and the thermal bonding technology provide this official match ball for the Final with the best performance qualities ever.
The design of the adidas "Finale Athens" is based on the widely recognizable UEFA Champions League star ball logo and is executed in blue and white, representing the colours of Greece. Celebrating the city where the first modern Olympics of 1896 took place, adidas named the ball for the UEFA Champions League Final the "Finale Athens". The adidas "Finale Athens" is available globally at a retail price of £75.
adidas is the Official Match Ball supplier to all major UEFA, FIFA and IOC tournaments and will continue to introduce innovative technologies and products to expand its leadership in football.