Adidas Finale Madrid: This is the fancy ball that will be used at the Champions League final (updated)

The convergence of sportand technology! I don’t know, I think it’s cool. So, here’s another. This is the Finale Madrid, and it will be used at the UEFA Champions League final in Madrid this May. In a perfect world, the game will be played between Real Madrid and Barcelona—I will lose my mind if that happens.

Like other soccer balls (the Adidas Jabulani and the Nike T90 Ascente), there’s a lot going on in here. You see the stars? Somehow, Adidas has managed to make that completely inseparable from the ball itself—it’s not just painted on there. That helps ensure the ball’s flight is as unobstructed as possible. The ball keeps the PSC Texture as seen in previous balls. It’s the golf ball effect: golf balls have dimples in order to steady the flight, and so does the Finale Madrid.

Again, the UEFA Champions League final will be played in Madrid (Real Madrid’s home stadium, the Santiago BernabĂ©u, to be exact) on May 22. I will be completely unreachable during the game.

UPDATE Oh my God, Real Madrid has been knocked out of the Champions League by Olympique Lyon of France. Can anyone give me a ustream link to La Rambla in Barcelona? I can only imagine they’re partying like it’s 1999 in Catalunya right now.