The official ball for the 2007/08 UEFA Cup final, the Nike UEFA Cup Conquest, has been unveiled as the draw takes place for the quarter-finals at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.
The Conquest's design features the UEFA Cup trophy and celebrates the history of the competition, with references to the last ten cities to host the final as well as the 2007/08 venue, the City of Manchester Stadium.
The high-tech, five-layer design is an important feature. The ball is cross-linked, and nitrogen-expanded foam ensures it stays supple and flexible for a consistent feel in all weather conditions.
The compressed polyethylene layer stores energy for optimum release on impact, while the polyester support fabric enhances structure and stability. The partnership between UEFA and Nike was first announced in 2007. The UEFA Cup Conquest Ball will be available in shops from Saturday.