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Taking The Official Champions League Ball For A Test Drive

official champions league ball Taking The Official Champions League Ball For A Test DriveWhenever I have a flashback to the late 70s growing up as a child in Wales, I have a very vivid memory of finding a leather soccer ball underneath the tree one Christmas morning. I remember sniffing the black and white checkered ball and smelling the strong scent of leather, as well as tracing my fingertips along the stitching which seemed quite intricate. Those memories still bring a smile to my face thirty years later.

Fast forwarding to this century, I decided to test the 2007/2008 Champions League Final ball to see how it compared to the balls of yesteryear. In fact, it’s been a few years since my soccer playing days have ended, so I haven’t had an opportunity to play with a professional ball since 2004 or earlier.

The Adidas Finale Moscow Match Soccer Ball seemed surreal to touch and hold especially knowing that it was a replica of the same ball used in the famous 2007/2008 final between Manchester United and Chelsea.

What surprised and impressed me the most was the thermal bonding technology that fuses the ball together and eliminates the need for stitching. Also surprising was how light the ball felt and the overall touch of the ball, which feels more like one of the plastic footballs I was used to playing with in the late seventies. The synthetic feel to it makes it feel like more of a ball for the masses instead of the soccer elite.

Kicking and passing the ball was a pleasant experience. The ball rolled across the grass smoothly and glimmered silver and gold in the sunlight of a hot afternoon’s day. It’s definitely an attractive ball to look at and majestic enough to sit on a mantelpiece, but it’s not too pretty to be struck across the pitch and into the back of the net.

About Christopher Harris

Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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2 Responses to Taking The Official Champions League Ball For A Test Drive

  1. Lonnie says:

    I bought one of the replica Champions League balls a couple of years ago. Definitely well made and great for kickarounds but it eventually wore out after a couple seasons of abuse. The one I had
    was the plain and simple old black and white star-paneled style.

    I have to say I much prefer that to the coloration of this ball. The old black-and-white ones are almost a novelty now as you rarely see a ball that doesn't have some sort of bright color on it these days. Now I'm just sounding old…next thing you know I'll be suggesting they bring back the old leather balls that soaked up water like a sponge :)

  2. Lonnie says:

    I bought one of the replica Champions League balls a couple of years ago. Definitely well made and great for kickarounds but it eventually wore out after a couple seasons of abuse. The one I had
    was the plain and simple old black and white star-paneled style.

    I have to say I much prefer that to the coloration of this ball. The old black-and-white ones are almost a novelty now as you rarely see a ball that doesn’t have some sort of bright color on it these days. Now I’m just sounding old…next thing you know I’ll be suggesting they bring back the old leather balls that soaked up water like a sponge :)

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