Istanbul 20 ball to kick off for Champions League final

The new official match ball for the 2020 UEFA Champions League final in Turkey was unveiled on Tuesday.

The Istanbul 20 ball will be used for the 2020 UEFA Champions League final on May 30 at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in the metropolis Istanbul.

Inaugurated in 2002, Ataturk Olympic Stadium will host its second UEFA Champions League final after one in 2005 between Italy’s AC Milan and the U.K.’s Liverpool.

The Istanbul 20 ball features a hand-drawn map of Istanbul with a purple color palette. UEFA described the ball in a statement after revealing it on its official website.

“Drawing its inspiration from the host city, where east meets west, the intricate design features a hand-drawn artistic interpretation of a map of Istanbul, which uniquely bridges the two continents of Europe and Asia,” UEFA said.

“Highlighting Istanbul’s deep culture of art, the white stars have been placed to contrast with a hand-printed map of the city. The Bosporus, a natural waterway that flows through the city, is at the centre of the ball. The striking purple colour palette is inspired by the sun setting above the river from east to west,” said the governing body of European football.

The balls will be deployed for all remaining games in the UEFA Champions League this season, starting from round 16 kicking off on Tuesday.

“The ball features adidas’ latest technology to ensure that the top players in Europe can perform at their very best during the competition. An outer texture coating — consistent across all adidas UEFA Champions League official match balls — offers secure grip and complete control, while the thermally bonded star panels provide a seamless surface for an improved first touch,” UEFA added.

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