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UEFA Champions League final match ball revealed

The Finale Cardiff, the ball which will be used in this season's UEFA Champions League final in the Welsh capital, draws its inspiration from the dragon on the national flag.

The Finale Cardiff has been unveiled
The Finale Cardiff has been unveiled ©UEFA.com

The official match ball for the UEFA Champions League knockout stages and final, the Finale Cardiff, has been unveiled.

Inspired by the national emblem of Wales, the ball's design features a striking dragon print. The dragon, a symbol of power and strength in Celtic mythology, represents the ferocity with which the latter stages will be played. The 2017 final takes place on Saturday 3 June at the National Stadium of Wales in Cardiff.

As with all adidas UEFA Champions League official match balls, its outer coating provides optimal grip, while the familiar thermally-bonded star panel design provides a seamless surface for improved first touch.

The ball will be used during UEFA Champions League matches from Tuesday, when Benfica host Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain take on Barcelona.