My Story:

The Finale Wembley is unusually named because it takes on the name of the stadium and not London, the capital of England.  Unlike the other Champions League Finals where the ball has been named after the city where the match is held, this deviation is probably a salutation to the fame of The Wembley Stadium such that it takes precedence over city of London, where Wembley actually resides.  The 2o11 UEFA Champions League final was the final match of the 2010/2011 UEFA Champions League season contested between Barcelona of Spain and Manchester United of England at The Wembley Stadium in London, which was won 3-1 by Barcelona in normal regulation time.

This ball has the FC Barcelona vs Manchester United inscription and is probably one of the actual match balls used at the 2011 UEFA Champions League Finals held at Wembley.  For the fans of either club, this is definitely a must have and I have not seen such balls being sold openly on eBay yet.  The next best match ball after a match used FIFA World Cup ball to be collected.

 

The Official Story:

Designed to maximise aerodynamics, the Adidas Finale London Official Match Football is constructed with a seamless design for superior flight, improved touch and brilliant accuracy. The Adidas Finale London OMB football features UEFA Champions League star panels to provide an iconic style and help players read the flight trajectory of the ball.

  • High-end materials in cover, backing and bladder for perfect performance
  • Thermally bonded seamless surface for a more predictable trajectory and lower water uptake
  • Star panel shape for best aerodynamics
  • Highest FIFA rating
  • Star panels give perfect aerodynamics and eye-catching look
  • Wembley London Final 2011 panels
  • Official Match Ball for UEFA Champions League Final
  • 70% Polyurethane, 30% Others

(Reference: www.prodirectsoccer.com)

 

Technical Story:

Made in Pakistan.

FIFA Approved Code: 202.M0Z


6 Comments

  1. eason
    February 4, 2012

    I want to buy the Adidas Finale Wembley 2011 .
    Please email me about the price and details.
    Thank you. I am a serious buyer.

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    • Wilson
      February 4, 2012

      Thanks for looking. Unfortunately this ball I like to hold it for a while more. The price to me was about USD 800 and it will take a lot more for me to let it go.

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  2. Cameron Keller
    April 18, 2012

    I’m sorry to tell you this but that ball wasn’t game used. The inscription means nothing. That ball is valued at $150. I myself won the game used ball from that match in a sweepstakes. And it was the first time a game used ball was available to a consumer!

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    • Wilson
      April 25, 2012

      Hi thanks for letting me know. I assumed that there are many balls used in the finals (whether for the actual gameplay or for the training before kick-off) and this was one of them as I got it from a reliable source. Of course it could have been one of the spares that never saw daylight at Wembley. Also balls sold at retail do not have the inscriptions so $150 will be on the low end.

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  3. PHIL PARKER
    April 9, 2014

    Hi Wilson,
    I’ve been presented with an opportunity to buy a Wembley 2011 with the team names, I already have the $150 version and I’d like to know if the SKU or Art. numbers differ on the special edition balls, vs. the retail versions.

    It’s not being claimed as match used, but rather as one of the many made available for practice that didn’t make it into the final match – but still, I’d like to make sure it’s not one made by someone with screen print equipment in their garage.

    The ART NO IS E41333 on both balls. The BAR CODES differ. The retail version I have reads, 4050561547410; and the ball with team names reads, 885582060310.

    Please confirm, and provide the correct number(s) if this one is wrong so at least I know what to look for in the future.

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    • Wilson Chia
      May 9, 2014

      Mine with the team name is also 4050561547410. Batch number is B34003 12/10. Art number is also E41333. I think it’s hard to tell if yours is genuine or not. What is your batch number?

      Reply

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