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In the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League, the road to Cardiff truly begins in the group stage. All 32 of Europe’s top clubs will be playing with a ball from adidas that has messages of the meaning of winning. Some of adidas’ top athletes in European club football have left their mark on this ball, describing hand-written comments on what it means to win.

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The highlighted messages come from Mesut Özil, Toni Kroos, James Rodriguez and Gareth Bale, describing how they are victorious in their own way. Bale says “being faster than a bullet,” James adds “la creatividad gana”, meaning “creativity wins,” Kroos contributes “controlling the game is everything,” and Özil saying “Play your life, I play mine.”

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These group stage OMBs are white with green star-shaped panels based off the Champions League logo, and the messages are in lighter and faded shades of green. Those star panels have a special coating texture for optimal grip. The 2016/17 UEFA Champions League Group Stage begins September 13th, and runs to December 7th.

Shop for official UEFA Champions League gear and apparel at the UEFA Champions League Hub at World Soccer Shop.

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