2022 Champions League ball to auction on World Refugee Day

2022 Champions League ball to auction on World Refugee Day

The official 2022 Champions League ball was auctioned on World Refugee Day on 20 June in collaboration with London-based auction house Graham Budd Auctions

The Champions League final that brought together Liverpool and Real Madrid at the Stade de France, last June 28, did not only present an exciting spectacle for football lovers around the world. Apart from that, the ball used in the crucial match will apparently be auctioned for charitable purposes.

The match which took place in Paris, France, as it is known, was finally won by Real Madrid. Los Blancos won 1-0 through Vinicius Jr’s only goal in the 59th minute.

Adidas said it had requested permission from UEFA and the UEFA Foundation for Children to auction off the ball used in the final during World Refugee Day which falls on June 20, 2022. In collaboration with London-based auction house Graham Budd Auctions, all proceeds from the sale will be donated to UNHCR. .

It is also stated that the auction will be opened at a price of £15,000 or equivalent to Rp. 266,182,500. Bidding begins at 2pm via the official Graham Budd Auctions website.

Meanwhile, the donation page can be accessed via Donate.UNHCR for viewers and bidders to support this initiative even if they do not participate or win the auction directly.























“Take advantage of football as one of the greatest sports, this opportunity is used to unite the whole world with a message of global peace.

The ball that says ‘мир | PEACE’ is not available for sale and was only used in the match in Paris between Liverpool and Real Madrid on 28 May 2022,” reads an adidas statement received by Liputan6.com.

“The UEFA statement ‘мир’ in Cyrillic, is written on the ball in bold and above the word ‘PEACE’ which in English both translates as ‘peace’.

This ball is designed to carry the message of peace, belonging and hope that is conveyed between players through kicks at the Stade de France to all corners of the world,” the global brand added.

The larger ball design is colorless and features white panels that symbolize truce and unity.

“Since its inception, this love for sport has united people from all over the world through one simple object, which is football. Now, we are trying to use this union as a concrete action to support a cause that requires immediate attention,” said Gonzalo Calvo, Global Director. for Brand Communication, Communities, and Culture Adidas.

“With the official ball from the European Champions League not for sale, this official ball represents a rare opportunity to own a piece of history, and to help those in need around the world.”

Competing at the Stade de France, Liverpool immediately appeared to press as soon as the whistle signaled the start of the match. This made it difficult for Real Madrid to build an attack that started from goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

Liverpool got a chance to score in the 15th minute. However, Mohamed Salah’s shot continued Trent Alexander-Arnold’s bait which Courtois could still ward off.











A minute later, Courtois could still anticipate Thiago Alcantara’s kick. Meanwhile, Alexander-Arnold’s shot from inside the penalty box still bounced well over the crossbar.

Liverpool again threatened Real Madrid, this time through Sadio Mane in the 20th minute. However, Courtois’s shot still hit the post. Meanwhile, Salah’s header in the 34th minute went right into Courtois’ arms

Real Madrid tried to threaten in the 36th minute through the cooperation of Karim Benzema and Vinicius Junior. However, Jordan Henderson swiftly blocked Benzema’s pass before being kicked by Vinicius in the penalty box.

In the 34th minute, Real Madrid had scored a goal through Benzema. However, the goal was disallowed after referee Clement Turpin asked for VAR assistance and declared the French forward in an offside position.

At the start of the second half, Real Madrid tried to take the initiative to attack. However, Liverpool are still superior in possession of the ball.

Liverpool tried to score a goal back. However, Mohamed Salah’s curling shot in the 64th minute was brilliantly denied by Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.








Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp played Diogo Jota in the 65th minute. Three minutes later, Jota’s header which was continued by Salah on the right side of the Real Madrid goal still hit Courtois’ feet.

To increase attack power, Klopp then also included Naby Keita and Roberto Firmino in the 75th minute. These two players replaced Jordan Henderson and Thiago Alcantara.

Liverpool continued to attack. However, it was Salah’s shot that was deflected by Jota

in the 80th minute Courtois could still anticipate. The Belgian goalkeeper again denied Salah’s goal after blocking the Egyptian striker’s shot with his right hand.

In the 85th minute, Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti used Eduardo Camavinga to replace Federico Valverde due to injury. Four minutes later, it was Luka Modrid’s turn to be replaced by Dani Ceballos.

Liverpool continued to try to score an equaliser. However, until five minutes of added time no goals were created. Real Madrid won 1-0 and became champions.

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