Adidas unveils Champions League final ball with ‘peace’ slogan in reference to war in Ukraine
Adidas reveals Champions League final ball – which will be auctioned off for UN Refugee Charity after the match – with the slogan ‘peace’ for war in Ukraine
- Adidas unveils the official match ball for the Champions League final
- It cannot be bought but will be auctioned off, with proceeds from the UN refugee agency
- Adidas is also renovating the Zinedine Zidane playground in Saint-Denis, Paris
- Liverpool and Real Madrid face off in the European showpiece on Saturday night
Adidas has unveiled the official match ball for the Champions League final, inscribed with a ‘peace’ message in clear reference to the war in Ukraine.
Liverpool and Real Madrid face off in the European showpiece at the Stade de France, Paris, on Saturday night.
And on Tuesday, the German sportswear company unveiled the ball, which is not available for purchase but will be auctioned off, with proceeds going to UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.
Adidas has unveiled the official match ball (pictured) for the Champions League final in Paris
The balloon is inscribed with a message of peace in a clear reference to the ongoing war in Ukraine
The agency aims to help people “forced to flee their homes due to conflict and persecution”.
In another reference to the ongoing war in Ukraine after Russia invaded the country, the balloon is inscribed with the word “peace” in English and using the letters of the Cyrillic alphabet, used for the Ukrainian language.
The balloon’s panels are also deliberately white rather than colored, synonymous with peace, “unity” and neutrality.
Liverpool (pictured) and Real Madrid will face off in the European showpiece on Saturday night
On Friday, the day before the final, Adidas is hosting the ‘Grand Paris Finale 2022’, an elite grassroots football tournament in which eight local teams in the French capital are launching a ‘legacy project’ to support grassroots football in the city.
The company also said it would support the local grassroots community with the refurbishment of the Zinedine Zidane home ground in Saint-Denis, Paris, the city hosting the game.
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are probably pretty much the favorite to lift the Champions League trophy after a fantastic season, but Carlo Ancelotti’s Los Blancos side enjoyed a fairy tale run to the final and could again upset the odds.