adidas unveiled today the Official Match Ball to be used during the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League knockout rounds and the June 3rd final in Cardiff.
Celebrating the nation of Wales, which will host this year’s final, the ball’s unique design features a striking dragon print inspired by the national emblem prominently highlighted on the Welsh flag.
The adidas design team who travelled to Cardiff drew inspiration from the power and strength the dragon represents in Celtic mythology, as it represents the ferocity of play meant to be shown during the final stages of the competition.
The ball also delivers the performance benefits required to match the standard of the competition as it provides optimal grip, while the thermally-bonded star panel design provides a seamless surface for improved first touch.
The adidas Final Cardiff 2017 ball will be used on the field during all UEFA Champions League matches to be played from Feb. 14th through the June 3rd, 2017 Final.