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Adidas reveal the Champions League final ball with ‘peace’ slogan in reference to the war in Ukraine

Adidas reveal the Champions League final ball – which will be auctioned for the UN Refugee Charity after the game – with ‘peace’ slogan in reference to the war in Ukraine

  • Adidas have revealed the official match ball for the Champions League final 
  • It can’t be bought but will be auctioned off, with proceeds to UN refugee agency
  • Adidas is also refurbishing the Zinedine Zidane playground in Saint-Denis, Paris
  • Liverpool and Real Madrid face off in the European showpiece on Saturday night 

Adidas has revealed the official match ball for the Champions League final, inscribed with a message of ‘peace’ in a 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 to buy but will be auctioned off, with proceeds from the sale going to UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.

Adidas have unveiled the official match ball (pictured) for the Champions League final in Paris

The ball is inscribed with a message of peace in a clear reference to the ongoing war in Ukraine

The ball is inscribed with a message of peace in a clear reference to the ongoing war in Ukraine

The agency has the aim of helping people ‘forced to flee their homes because of conflict and persecution’.

In another reference to the ongoing war in Ukraine after Russia’s invasion of the country, the ball is inscribed with the word ‘peace’ in both English and using the letters of the Cyrillic alphabet, used for the Ukrainian language.

The panels of the ball are also deliberately white rather than coloured, synonymous with peace, ‘unity’ and neutrality.

Liverpool (pictured) and Real Madrid will face off in the European showpiece on Saturday night

Liverpool (pictured) and Real Madrid will face off in the European showpiece on Saturday night

On Friday, the day before the final, Adidas is organising the ‘Grand Paris Finale 2022’, an elite grassroots football tournament which eight local teams from the French capital, beginning a ‘legacy project’ to support grassroots football in the city.

The company also stated they will be supporting the local grassroots football community with the refurbishment of the Zinedine Zidane playground in Saint-Denis, Paris, the town which is hosting the match.

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are probably just about favourites to take home the Champions League trophy after a fantastic season, but Carlo Ancelotti’s Los Blancos side have enjoyed a fairytale run to the final and could upset the odds once again. 

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