No Plastics - No Matches - Plastics used in football during the UEFA Euro 2016

Plastics – the champions of the UEFA Euro 2016: match balls, referees’ whistles, goal nets, corner flags, shin pads, football boots, jerseys, and infrastructure – all made possible with endless plastics applications!

Winners of UEFA Euro 2016 Match Balls and Quiz Answers

  • Introducing the “Beau Jeu” ball
    The official match ball of UEFA Euro 2016, the "Beau Jeu” (French for "beautiful game”) has a unique symmetry of six identical propeller-shaped polymer panels being thermally bonded together, alongside a different surface structure. They will provide improved grip, touch, stability and aerodynamics on the pitch. Incorporating the best elements of "Brazuca”, the official match ball of 2014 World Cup, the "Beau Jeu” surpasses it in terms of properties and improved grip in play. The new outer shell now consists of a total of five layers using polyurethane protecting the ball against external factors and providing much needed elasticity, improved ball control and a stable flight. It is also water resistant.

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    Photo: ©Adidas 
  • New generation jerseys: a combination of wearing comfort and low environmental impact!
    The stars on the pitch will benefit from new eco-friendly; lightweight jerseys made out of recycled plastics bottles creating a highly breathable fabric which provides improved ventilation. In addition to moisture and sweat management, they resist piling (bunching and breaking of fibers) and are anti-microbial. They promise to be 10% lighter; with 50% more stretch than previous kits. The weight of the new jerseys is now 100 grams, down from 166 grams. This might not sound like much, but when the footballers push themselves to the limit, everything counts on the way to a win. Another jersey used makes use of a combination of cotton and recycled polymers. The shorts are made of 100% recycled polymers, the shirts 96% and the stockings 70%.Each kit is made using some 18 recycled plastic bottles.  

    Photo: ©Nike
  • Fitting like Socks
    The UEFA Euro 2016 in France will showcase the latest innovations in football shoes. The revolutionary shoes will provide unique comfort to the stars on the pitch, allowing for better feel and control of the ball in all conditions: wet or dry.  The high tech materials used to make them will add protection, stability and power. Today, a state-of-the-art football shoe consists of more than 70% plastics, weighs only 200 grams, is tear-proof, shatter-proof, water-repellent, and yet breathable. Also, the studs are made of special plastics that further reduce the weight of the shoes, adjust to ground conditions, and keep their shape in all kinds of weather.

    The latest trend is knitted football shoes that adjust to the players’ feet like a second skin, making them feel like playing barefoot. To this end, sock-like upper parts are connected with a thin, light sole made of high-performance plastics. High-quality elastomers at the cap and heel absorb shocks. This new shoe generation is lighter and more flexible, and enables better ball control and improved comfort, without compromising the protecting and stabilising effect of a normal shoe. The upper shoe is manufactured in a single piece from heel to toe, thus avoiding troublesome seams.

    Photo: ©Nike
  • Ten French state of the art stadiums
    Ten state of the art stadiums will host this year’s competition, built or renovated under strict UEFA rules and guidelines. For the opening and knockout matches, a clearly defined requirements-catalogue was developed, which includes e.g. the elimination of standing areas or full-scale rain protection for all spectators.  Further functional requirements such as a best possible view of the match and lighting of the natural grass pitch– regardless weather conditions – have driven and continue to drive new developments in the stadium architecture.

    Here, high-performance lightweight plastic roofs (often made with plastic-coated membranes) allow cost-effective solutions and freedom of design. Transparent roofs ensure a natural lighting of the pitch; its applied ultraviolet absorber layer protects against the heat of the sun.  Some roofs even allow the collection of rain water, which is then used to operate the stadium toilets or to irrigate the lawn. Other stadiums, as for example the Allianz Riviera Stadium in Nice, use photovoltaic panels mounted on the roof that convert sunlight into electric energy, thus covering about half of the stadium’s own energy needed.

    Building a state-of-the-art football stadium is no longer imaginable without using the versatility of plastics materials. Using plastics allows freedom of design, making stadiums modern landmarks of a country. At the same time, planners, architects and engineers also use plastics to face the challenges of our time: imminent climate change, rising energy costs and water shortage which had to be taken into account when building the venues. Although it seems a long way off, sports arenas might soon serve as small power stations for renewable energies and provide private households with green power. Plastics make it possible.

    Photo: © Allianz Family of Stadiums Media Center
Introducing the “Beau Jeu” ball
New generation jerseys: a combination of wearing comfort and low environmental impact!
Fitting like Socks
Ten French state of the art stadiums
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