The official match ball from Adidas in the knockout phase of the Champions League is called the ‘Istanbul 20’
REVEALED: The official match ball from Adidas in the knockout phase of the Champions League is called “Istanbul 20” and features a hand-drawn MAP of the host city that will organize the final
- The new Adidas ball for the Champions League is used in the knockout phase
- It will be used in every match in the run-up to the final at the Ataturk Stadium
- Paris Saint-Germain players trained with the ball in Dortmund on Monday evening
- Ball’s design features famous Istanbul features such as the Bosphorus Waterway
The road to the Champions League final in Istanbul is becoming increasingly clear, but in case some teams lose their way, it may be worth watching the ball.
Not only from a sporting point of view, but also from a logistical point of view, because UEFA has unveiled a unique design for the competition ball that will be used in the final of the year.
The ball is called the ‘Istanbul 20’, which of course marks the year and the location of the final, and it contains a hand-drawn map of the historic Turkish city where the event will take place on 30 May at the Ataturk Stadium.
Adidas has revealed the ball that will be used for the Champions League knockout phase
It will also be used in the final that will be held at the Ataturk Stadium in Istanbul
However, the adidas ball will not only be used for the occasion, as it also occurs in every knockout match on its way to the final that begins with the last 16 games of Tuesday-evening between Atletico Madrid and Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund vs. Paris Saint Germain .
However, the players have already got a feel for the new ball with PSG training at the Westfalen Stadium in Dortmund on Monday.
Kylian Mbappé and Neymar were among the stars who got their first few influences, because they hope to guide the French champions to a first leg advantage in Germany.
The land has a rich European history after the famous 2005 final won by Liverpool
However, the ball is inspired by the landscape of Istanbul, including the Bosphorus Waterway
Regarding the finer details of the ball, UEFA claims that it highlights the deep art culture of Istanbul, the white stars are placed in contrast with a hand-printed map of the city.
The Bosphorus, a natural waterway that flows through the city, is in the center of the ball. The striking purple color palette is inspired by the setting sun over the river from east to west.
The ball features the latest technology from adidas that they claim to help stars perform at their best.
An outer texture coating provides secure grip and complete control, while the thermally bonded star panels provide a seamless surface for an improved first touch.
Players from Paris Saint-Germain train with the new ball on Monday evening in Borussia Dortmund
Neymar and Kylian Mbappe get their first few touches of the ball for the final-16 draw