• 12-NOV-2015

adidas Provides A Glimpse Into The Future With 360o Digital Soccer Experience

adidas Provides A Glimpse Into The Future With 360o Digital Soccer Experience
Paris, Thursday, Nov. 12 – adidas has provided a glimpse into the future of soccer with the world's first 360o digital stadium, FUTURE ARENA in Saint Denis, Paris.

Zinedine Zidane, Xavi Hernandez and Per Mertesacker were joined by young soccer players from Germany, Spain, Russia, Belgium, Denmark and Sweden as FUTURE ARENA opened its doors today. Zidane, who throughout his illustrious career played in some of the world's most hostile soccer stadiums, led out young soccer creators as they experienced the dream of representing their country in front of 50,000 fans.

The creators experienced a truly ground-breaking event as the digital crowd reacted live to every goal, every miss, and every outrageous skill in a glimpse of soccer's digital future.

Zidane, a living soccer legend who is constantly seeking to share his experience with younger generations, has played in some of the most mythical stadiums. "I liked the idea of making young footballers feel the emotions I experienced playing in front of huge crowds during my career. It's a unique experience to play in Euro finals, the pressure before the match, the adrenaline in the tunnel, the sound of the crowd pushing you to play your best on the pitch… The FUTURE ARENA offers all these emotions, just like major football matches. I hope the next generation of players enjoy the atmosphere, who knows where the experience will inspire them to go on and play!"

Those in attendance were also among the first to play a game with Beau Jeu, the Official Match Ball from adidas for the group stages of next year's tournament. The ball was revealed by Zidane on Instagram this morning, and was subsequently used throughout the evening for games between the federations in front of the reactive 360o crowd.

All eyes were on the next generation as, rather than current national team heroes, young creators from each of the six federations stepped forward and revealed their new away kits for the 2016 UEFA EuropeanTM Championship. Each of the kits has its own design story.

The German kit was inspired by the elements of street soccer in rural and urban Germany – the backbone of soccer within this World Cup winning nation. The away jersey is reversible, designed for the needs of all players, from Die Mannschaft to street footballers.

The Spanish kit focusses around explosive emotions displayed in a heat-map, based on the 2012 UEFA EuropeanTM Championship winning goal by Fernando Torres.

Russia's new away kit is inspired by the iconic symbol of the Russian Eagle, designed to reflect youth culture in the country and hinting towards modernity.

The Swedish kit brings the raw street style of the urban generation to the pitch, while the Danish jersey celebrates the elegance and vibrancy of Denmark's youth culture.

Finally, the design is inspired by the design of the national cycling jersey, as tribute to the sport in which Belgians and its cyclists have been so successful.

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