The new official match ball for the 2020 UEFA Champions League final in Istanbul on 30 May has been unveiled by UEFA and Adidas.
The new model is called ‘Istanbul 20’ and is inspired by the Turkish city which will host the final at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium on May 30. The new ball, as confirmed by UEFA, will already be on the pitch in all the Champions League matches tonight in the last 16.
“Drawing its inspiration from the host city, where east meets west, the intricate design features a hand-drawn artistic interpretation of a map of Istanbul, which uniquely bridges the two continents of European and Asian continents.” UEFA wrote.
Highlighting Istanbul’s deep culture of art, the white stars have been placed to contrast with a hand-printed map of the city. The Bosporus, a natural waterway that flows through the city, is at the centre of the ball. The striking purple colour palette is inspired by the sun setting above the river from east to west.
The ball features Adidas’ latest technology to ensure that the top players in Europe can perform at their very best during the competition. An outer texture coating – consistent across all Adidas UEFA Champions League official match balls – offers a secure grip and complete control, while the thermally-bonded star panels provide a seamless surface for an improved first touch.