adidas have released images of the new Champions League ball which be used throughout the knockout stages of this season’s tournament, from Tuesday’s Valentine’s Day kickoff through to the final in Cardiff on 3rd June.
The ball celebrates the nation of Wales, with the ball’s unique design featuring a striking dragon print – inspired by the national emblem, which features prominently on the flag.
The adidas team travelled to Cardiff as part of the design process, drawing inspiration from the power and strength the dragon represents in Celtic mythology; with the dragon print designed to represent the ferocity with which the final stages are played.
The ball also delivers the performance benefits required to match the standard of the players set to light up the latter stages of the competition – the likes of Lionel Messi, Gareth Bale, Luis Suarez and Thomas Müller.
Its outer coating texture is consistent with all the adidas UEFA Champions League Official Match Balls and provides optimal grip, while the thermally-bonded star panel design provides a seamless surface for improved first touch.
The dragon design has also inspired a stunning new Limited Collection boot range, branded as the ‘Dragon Pack’. The latest boot drop features the same design elements, combined with the usual technical innovations. The Dragon Pack features both the X and ACE ranges, which are adapted for on-pitch and cage silos.
The X16 features the dragon design imagined in a striking white colourway. A coating of NON STOP GRIP (NSG) film gives players unrivalled levels of control, with a SPRINTFRAME outsole offering stability during high-speed changes of direction. A PURECUT SOCK SYSTEM sees laces hidden under an upper layer for a pure first touch.
The X16 cage version, which includes the same NSG, SPRINT FRAME and PURECUT SOCK SYSTEM as the stadium version, features a gum finish on the outside to provide extra protection on the most challenging of surfaces.
The Dragon Pack ACE17+ PURECONTROL comes in a black colourway. Designed for flexibility and control, a 360 degree fully PRIMEKNIT upper ensures zero wear-in time and is protected by an ultra-thin NON STOP GRIP (NSG) film to provide increased levels of grip. adidas’ industry-defining BOOST technology also features, delivering an unrivalled energy return.
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