As we anticipate the 2021/2022 UEFA Champions League Final, sportswear manufacturing giants Adidas have launched the official Match Ball for the competition’s showpiece finale set to hold at the Stade de France in Paris, France on Saturday, May 28th, 2022.
Whereas previous balls have featured bright colours and bold graphics, the Three Stripes has taken a different approach this time around. The colour palette is muted – just “Pure White” panels and silver stars – allowing the calls for peace to stand out. The word “PEACE” is written on the match ball, directly below the Cyrillic word “мир,” which can also be translated as peace.
Using one of sport’s biggest stages as an opportunity to unite the world in a global message of peace, the ball – inscribed with the words ‘мир | PEACE’ – will not be available for retail. Instead, the match ball will be auctioned after the game with the proceeds going to UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, to help protect people forced to flee their homes because of conflict and persecution.
As well as introducing this year’s Champions League final match ball, Adidas has announced more plans for its celebrations of the match. A day before Real Madrid and Liverpool Final, the city will play host to the Grand Paris Finale 2022 – with eight local teams each representing a city neighbourhood taking part in the tournament at the Zinedine Zidane Playground in Saint-Denis.
This will kick-off a legacy project designed to support the city’s grassroots football communities by offering a home and place to play, improving visibility and access to the game at all levels. In addition to the refurbishment of the Zinedine Zidane playground, Adidas announces its support of the Saint-Denis Sport Academy and its founder, Yssa Dembélé, which Adidas will be handing the space over to following its refurbishment as part of the grassroots support initiative.