The UEFA Euro 2024 at Germany is less than seven months to go, and spectators now cannot wait for the first whistle of the quadrennial tournament to begin, with UEFA and Adidas also have unveiled the FUSSBALLLIEBE, the official match ball for the Finals over the main sponsor’s website hours ago. The colourful match ball is set to take the centre stage when 23 teams from the European continent join host nations Germany to compete for the Henri Delaunay Trophy in the 17th edition of the UEFA European Championship. Die Mannschaft and Spain are countries with the most wins in the tournaments at three titles each.
The FUSSBALLLIEBE Explained
As the name FUSSBALLLIEBE (“Love of Football” in English) suggests, it is aimed to elevate the joy of playing football, the pure simplicity of the global sports that attracts millions of people to fall in love with it, and the competitiveness with the best of the best for the biggest silverware in football. If we take notice of the design of the FUSSBALLLIEBE, they carry a rich variety of colours that consists of bold red, blue, green and orange, an appearance that also ties back to the noble definition that the FUSSBALLLIEBE are trying to magnify.
Two notable functions of the FUSSBALLLIEBE are for better accuracies and easier tracking for offside purposes during matches. The official match ball of the UEFA Euro 2024 uses a PRECISIONSHELL 20-piece panel shape, launched for better control following a series of meticulous research and tests. Besides, the outer shell of the FUSSBALLLIEBE is supported by the innovative CTR-CORE, targeting to maximum player’s precision when managing the ball with their feet.
In terms of enhanced tracking for offside, the FUSSBALLLIEBE will be utilising the ‘Connected Ball Technology’ data as seen previously in the Al Rihla, the official match ball of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. In other words, a sensor recording data 500 times a second that synchronised with stadium cameras for 3D offside graphics will be deployed, aiming to tackle the mistake that VAR or human referees could commit as well as to reduce the review time; The semi-automated technology are set to time VAR offside decisions as quick as 25 seconds each.
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“We Hope FUSSBALLLIEBE Will Bring Joy Wherever It’s Kicked.”
In light of the official launch of the FUSSBALLLIEBE, Adidas Football’s VP Product and Design Sam Handy had this to say: “When designing this Official Match Ball, we were inspired by the energy and diversity of the tournament and the love that Europe has for football. With that in mind, we hope FUSSBALLLIEBE will bring joy wherever it’s kicked. Bringing our Connected Ball Technology to UEFA EURO 2024TM is a watershed moment in the history of the tournament, and a result of our commitment to groundbreaking innovation that improves the experience for match officials, players and fans.”
UEFA technical director and chief of football Zvonimir Boban also released a statement to echo the main sponsor’s sentiments. “The UEFA European Football Championship stands as the pinnacle of national team competition in Europe and we are committed to ensuring that every aspect, from the venues to the equipment, upholds the highest standards of quality and performance. We are, as always, confident that Adidas’ FUSSBALLLIEBE will mark another stride in our shared dedication to excellence.”
The €150-worth FUSSBALLLIEBE is now available to purchase at Adidas‘s retailers and official website.
Adidas have announced the new ‘Fussballliebe’ ahead of #EURO2024 ⚽️
New technology will see semi-automated offside decisions for the first time in the competition’s history… 👀 pic.twitter.com/lFVL7KnGo9
— Football on TNT Sports (@footballontnt) November 15, 2023
Who Will Join Germany and Other Eight Qualified Nations in UEFA Euro 2024?
A total of nine countries have qualified for the Finals at Germany next year with eight matches played in the 2024 UEFA Euro Qualifiers thus far, including the hosts, Austria, Belgium, England, France, Portugal, Scotland, Spain and Turkey, and the remaining 15 spots of the tournament will be filled from 12 names from the top two teams in each of the ten groups in the qualifying round and three countries from the playoffs.
Italy are the current holders of the silverware after their penalty shootout win against England at Wembley back in July 2021, but the defending champions have yet to secure their place for Germany next summer and would be desperate not to miss back-to-back major tournaments in recent years.
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