Official ball for tournament unveiled

The ball called Beau Jeu-which translates as Beautiful Game- is a mixture of France tri-colour flag, blue, white and red

 

Adidas have revealed the official ball of the Euro 2016 which will be used only for group stages.

Former France playmaker Zinédine Zidane first took to his official Instagram acccount to revealed the ball for the first time.

Later on Thursday, the Real Madrid youth coach were joined by former Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernández and Former Germany international Per Mertesacker as they experimented with the ball inside the world's first digital football stadium called ‘Future Arena’ in Saint-Denis, Paris.

The Future Arena is a five-a-side football pitch with a projected digital football stadium designed to enable players to experience the feeling of being in front of 50,000 fans.

The ball called Beau Jeu-which translates as Beautiful Game- is a mixture of France tri-colour flag, blue, white and red.

It also has silver which in reference to the UEFA European Championship trophy, with the letters E-U-R-O and the figures 2-0-1-6 visible through the block design.

The Beau Jeu was developed by adidas for over 18 months and includes the best elements of the Brazuca FIFA World Cup match ball from summer 2014, as well as improvements made to the grip and in-flight visibility.

The ball will be available for public use and also handed to all competing federations by the end of November.

That will enable players that will be competing in the competition about six months to train and familiarise with the ball ahead of the finals in June 2016.

Youngsters will have the opportunity to test the ball at the Future Arena which will be opened until Sunday 15 November.

It has however gotten rave reviews from some of the players who have tired it.

"I tested Beau Jeu in training with long shots, passes and running at pace. It performed brilliantly. I can't wait for the tournament to start," Gareth Bale said.

Watch the Beau Jeu video, below:

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