My Story:

And so it begins, the first of the unique Adidas match balls of the new UEFA Europa League era as a rebrand of the UEFA Cup, always in the shadows of the more prestigious UEFA Champions League.  The Champions has its Finale series of balls that has the star panels nowadays but the Europa League balls still borrows the technology of the current flavor of match balls produced by Adidas, with this version being of the Teamgeist 2 incarnation.  At least the color scheme is well thought of and hopefully gives the teams that competes in this competition a bit more pride.

The technology of the ball looks very much like the Teamgeist 3 since it came after the Kopanya which I have suspected to be the high-end version of the Teamgeist 3. But looking at the FIFA Approved code, it is still of the Teamgeist 2 version so we should assume so.

 

The Official Story:

The UEFA Europa League in 2009/10 will contain a unique match ball as the competition enters the first season of replacing the UEFA Cup.

The new competition has undergone a slight change in format from the previous UEFA Cup. The biggest change is that there will be a group stage with twelve groups of four with each team playing each other twice rather than the previous groups of five where only a single round robin was involved. There are small other complicated details involved with qualification that make a small but less noticeable difference to the competition.

The ball used for the new competition is supplied by Adidas and contains a white base with red and yellow patterns throughout which are the same colours used in the Europa League crest.

(Reference: www.newkits.co.uk)

 

Technical Story:

Made in Thailand.

FIFA Approved Code: 202.A6W


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