Today, adidas unveiled the Official Match Ball for the UEFA Champions League Final Wembley 2011 in London on 28th May – the adidas Finale London. The Finale London was unveiled at Wembley stadium by Salomon Kalou of Chelsea FC and Samir Nasri of Arsenal FC ahead of their second leg of the last sixteen matches of the tournament.
The adidas Finale London builds on the iconic star logo associated with the tournament through London-inspired graphics including the official UEFA Champions League Final 2011 logo and word mark. The unique star panel shape also provides a subtle link to the St George’s flag through its red colour and design, whilst the bright orange warning star featured at the top of the ball links to London being a vibrant, modern city.
Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri commented, ”The adidas Finale London has a really iconic design and I hope to be able to play with it at the UEFA Champions League Final in May.”
The venue for the final, Wembley Stadium, will play host to a European cup final for a record sixth time in its history with the 2011 showdown being the first in the new stadium.
”Having the UEFA Champions League Final 2011 at Wembley is a huge motivation for the London teams competing in the tournament and it is great that adidas have produced an iconic ball to mark the occasion,” said Chelsea midfielder Salomon Kalou.
UEFA Competitions Director, Giorgio Marchetti, commented, ”The UEFA Champions League Final is the pinnacle of European club football and it is great to see the adidas Finale London, the official match ball and icon of the competition, celebrate the occasion through the unique design.”
The adidas Finale London is the sixteenth Official Match Ball produced for the UEFA Champions League competition, leading on from a rich history in adidas football development. Since 1970 the Official Match Balls of all major UEFA and FIFA tournaments have been made by adidas and for the second year in succession adidas was the “Official Supplier” of the Africa Cup of Nations Official Match Ball.