Euro 2008 Starts Here!

Is it too early to start getting excited about Euro 2008 yet? I’m going to pre-emptively say “no” to that and kick off (what will initially be sporadic) coverage of this summer’s jamboree in Austria & Switzerland. We’ll be going through everything that you need to know about this tournament on here over the next four months or so, and I will even be keeping my mentions of England not being there down to an absolute minimum. After all, who cares about England, anyway? Anyway, I thought I’d kick off in a strangely appropriate way by being simultaneously four months early and two months late with a quick look at the ball that they will be using this summer. Launched on December the third, the Adidas Europass (or, as the press release that accompanied it would have it, “The Adidas “EUROPASS” – the match ball with goose-bumps for UEFA Euro 2008″) is, if nothing else, a departure from the standard conventions of the match ball, even if its look throws a deliberate nod back to a more innocent age. Adidas, predictably, are bullish about its look: “Its classic colouring a white base colour with black dots – calls to mind the balls of bygone decades” There is an element of truth in this – most notably the Telstar, which was the ball used at the 1970 World Cup (although...

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