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Adidas Finale used in the 2018 UEFA Women's Champions League final

The Adidas Finale is a brand of football made by Adidas. It is the current official football of the UEFA Champions League, after Adidas took over the contract of official supplier from Nike in 2000. The internal and external design of the ball changes reflecting improvements to football technologies taken from other Adidas-produced footballs. The external design is the "Starball" based on the stars of the UEFA Champions League logo.[1] Each year's ball keeps the branding name of Adidas Finale, excepting suffixes to designate the year.


Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona in action with the Adidas Finale in the 2010–11 UEFA Champions League

During its introduction the Adidas Finale was only used in the latter stages of Champions League competition; it was not uncommon to see other balls in the early rounds, usually provided by the kit manufacturer or the ball supplier for the domestic league of the home team, including other Adidas balls. However, from 2006–07, the Adidas Finale had been used in all stages of the competition, including the play-off round which was introduced in 2009–10. The balls can also be seen in other UEFA competitions. These balls are also occasionally used in the UEFA Women's Champions League with similar graphics.[citation needed]


The ball is made by Adidas as the German brand took over the contract from Nike in 2000, and was firstly developed based on the Adidas Terrestra Silverstream, the official match ball of the UEFA Euro 2000 in the Netherlands and Belgium. This ball was also made with the same type of materials and construction used for the Adidas Fevernova, except, of course, the graphics.[2]

The Finale ball incorporates a unique design that was inspired by the UEFA Champions League "starball" logo. The Finale is softer, faster, and more accurate than any other Adidas football before and it also features a layer of highly compressed, gas-filled micro-balloons of equal size (syntactic foam), proven during Euro 2000 and probably contributing to one of the highest average goal rates in a major tournament.[2]

Until the final of the 2005–06 season, the Finale used the traditional truncated icosahedron panel design for their balls. From then on the panels are the same as the Adidas Teamgeist ball. From 2004–05, the ball structure was the same as the Adidas Roteiro balls used for UEFA Euro 2004, which had thermally bonded panels.

Since the 2010 final, the panels took the shape of the competition's starball logo.[3]


Karim Benzema of Real Madrid training with a high-visibility variant of the Finale in February 2012

Each season in the Champions League, the colour of the stars on the ball is changed. The first ball, in 2000–01 was silver, followed by black in 2001–02, then dark blue in 2003–04, and red in 2004–05. This was followed by light blue in 2005–06. The design for next season's ball was used in this season's final. A light blue ball was used for most of the 2005–06 season, but in the final between Arsenal and FC Barcelona, held in the Stade de France, Paris it was replaced by a ball with the same paneling as the Adidas +Teamgeist but decorated with pink stars. For the 2006–07 season, the ball had grey stars trimmed in red and white and the Finale Athens ball is a chrome silver metallic with royal blue and white. For the 2007–08 season, the ball was decorated in tangerine orange and black stars with grey trim. For the final of the 2007–08 season in Moscow, the ball was gray and red stars with a gold trim, while the ball's paneling was still same with +Teamgeist, but with PSC-Texture which based on Adidas Europass. The match ball used for the 2008–09 season was black and white with a green trim. For 2009-10, the star-ball's based panels is being used.

Champions League final variantsEdit

Each match ball intended for use in the final is marked with the location at which the final match is to be played. For example, the 2004–05 Champions League final was held in Istanbul, Turkey and as such, the blue/silver-starred Finale balls were marked with Istanbul.

From 2006–07 to 2010–11, the Champions League holder played with the match ball used in the previous final in their home games. Since 2011–12, the final ball has been used from the round of 16, with the title holders using the regular ball in their home group stage games.[4]

Collectors' itemsEdit

These official match balls are well prized. The UEFA Champions League is thought to be the most prestigious club competition and the ball itself has a very unusual design which makes the ball unique, FIFA Approved with highest rating, and fairly cherishable.

List of ballsEdit

Season Ball name Ball family Starball design Final venue Final design variation Notes
2000–01 Adidas Finale Adidas Terrestra Silverstream Grey stars San Siro, Milan First used in 2000–01 Champions League semi-finals
2001–02 Adidas Finale Adidas Terrestra Silverstream Grey stars Hampden Park, Glasgow Same ball as used for 2000–01 season
2002–03 Adidas Finale 2003 Adidas Terrestra Silverstream / Fevernova Black stars Old Trafford, Manchester Same design and materials as 2000–01 season with black stars instead of grey
2003–04 Adidas Finale 2003/2004 Adidas Terrestra Silverstream / Fevernova Blue stars Arena AufSchalke, Gelsenkirchen With the Arena AufSchalke logo Same design and materials as 2000–01 season with blue stars instead of grey
2004–05 Adidas Finale Adidas Roteiro Red stars Atatürk Olympic Stadium, Istanbul Blue/silver stars with Istanbul logo with the final contestants' name, A.C. Milan and Liverpool on the ball Adidas has recorded this as the 4th generation Finale
2005–06 Adidas Finale Adidas Teamgeist Blue/grey Stade de France, Saint-Denis Red/blue/white starball Final ball is the same construction as the 2006 World Cup Teamgeist ball
2006–07 Adidas Finale Adidas Teamgeist Black/red Olympic Stadium, Athens Adidas Finale Athens - Blue/White starball An orange variation exists for snow conditions
2007–08 Adidas Finale Adidas Teamgeist Yellow Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow Red/gold
2008–09 Adidas Finale 8 Adidas Teamgeist II / Europass / Terrapass Indigo/indigo metallic/rave green Stadio Olimpico, Rome Adidas Finale Rome - Burgundy/gold with mosaic figures representing key sporting and Roman values such as speed, teamwork, justice and power are featured in each star honouring the most important European club game.
2009–10 Adidas Finale 9 Adidas Teamgeist Red/black Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, Madrid Adidas Finale Madrid - Red/gold Final ball design takes shape of the Champions League starball logo
2010–11 Adidas Finale 10 Blue Wembley Stadium, London Adidas Finale Wembley/red
2011–12 Adidas Finale 11 Allianz Arena, Munich Adidas Finale Munich – Blue/aqua/Yellow
2012–13 Adidas Finale 12 Wembley Stadium, London Adidas Finale Wembley – marked Final Wembley 2013, with the years of previous finals held in Wembley marked on the ball
2013–14 Adidas Finale 13 White / infrared / silver / black Estádio da Luz, Lisbon Altered colours, marked final Lisbon 2014
2014–15 Adidas Finale 14 White / solar red / solar orange Olympiastadion, Berlin Adidas Final Beriln-Differently-coloured graffiti representing the various landmarks of Berlin inside the stars. The UEFA Champions League, Adidas and Final Berlin 2015 logos are visible on the ball, coloured in black.
2015–16 Adidas Finale 15 Blue / white / orange / pink / lime green / yellow San Siro, Milan Adidas Finale Milan- Same as the regular ball, but with grey-coloured stars. Also, a pink Final Milan 2016 logo is visible.
2016–17 Adidas Finale 16
2017–18 Adidas Finale 17
2018–19 Adidas Finale 18


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  2. ^ a b "Finale". Retrieved 2014-03-06.
  3. ^ "Finale Madrid starball takes flight". Union of European Football Associations. 9 March 2010. Archived from the original on 11 March 2010. Retrieved 9 March 2010.
  4. ^ "adidas Finale Munich launched for round of 16". Union of European Football Associations. 14 February 2012. Archived from the original on 15 February 2012. Retrieved 13 April 2017.

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