Adidas Unveil New Ball for 2020/21 Champions League Group Stage

adidas have revealed the new Champions League ball
adidas have revealed the new Champions League ball | adidas

adidas have released an all-new ball for the upcoming Champions League group stage, which is set to get underway on October 20.

Clubs across Europe have been battling it out all summer for a place in the draw, which is set to take place on Thursday.

In anticipation of the draw, adidas have unveiled the ball which teams will be using in the group stage, and it features a never-before-seen textured design which creates depth through the layering of different graphics.

The ball will be instantly recognisable thanks to its use of the traditional Champions League stars, which stand out in royal blue across the surface, and the spaces in between are made up of splashes of signal coral and sky tint as a reflection of speed and light.

Not only does this ball look different, but it will also feel different thanks to the use of all-new technology in its construction.

The ball features a textured surface
The ball features a textured surface | adidas

The surface texture has been specifically designed to give players more precision when controlling and striking the ball, and its use of thermal bonding instead of seams will also ensure consistent performance throughout the group stage.

The final teams to earn a place in Thursday's draw were Red Bull Salzburg, Midtjylland and Krasnodar, taking the number of sides in the draw to 32. Those 32 sides will then be split up into eight groups to battle it out for a spot in the knockout stages.

Defending champions Bayern Munich have earned a spot in Pot 1 for the draw alongside Sevilla, Real Madrid, Liverpool, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Zenit Saint Petersburg and Porto.

Pot 2 looks just as intimidating, with Barcelona, Atlético Madrid, Manchester City, Manchester United, Shakhtar Donetsk, Chelsea, Borussia Dortmund and Ajax all waiting to learn their fate.

The first fixtures will be played on October 20, with the group stage coming to a close on December 9.

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