Ajax will play with a new ball. The Europass by adidas was used for the first time during the training on Monday. The brand new ball makes his 'match debut' during Ajax - PSV in the ArenA on 16 December.
The ball was officially presented in Luzern on Sunday, during the group draw of Euro 2008 in Austria and Switzerland. The adidas Europass has quite a striking relief. The so-called PCS-relief can be described according to adidas as 'an advanced and very fine surface.’ The specially designed relief gives more grip on the ball. Players can control the ball better under any weather circumstances. Players of Ajax 1 and youth players of Ajax have been involved in developing the ball.
The Ajax players were positive about the new ball. ,,The grip is good and it shoots well'', said goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg after his first training with the Europass.
,,The black and white dots remind me of old times’’, said Siem de Jong. ,,A ball with which we used to play. I haven't really been able to test it today. You can only really test it when you shoot on goal. The ribbed surface does provide a different feeling, I noticed when we were passing it. It feels different than the balls we played with before. The first impression is good.''