Photo: Pucher / ÖHB

Since the beginning of the 2016/17 season, SELECT SPORT has been providing the European Handball Federation with the official match balls for its club and national team competitions.

Following the use of SELECT balls at the Women’s EHF EURO 2016 in Sweden, this January marks the first time that a Men’s EHF EURO event is played with a ball manufactured by the Danish company. The official match ball, which is part of SELECT’s high-quality ULTIMATE series, has been designed exclusively for the championship in Croatia.

It features the competition as well as the EHF logo. Blue, white and red – the three colours dominant in the Croatian national flag – are also the key colours in which the ball’s panels have been designed. On top, four of the overall 32 panels feature the iconic red-and-white squares which can also be found in the coat of arms in the centre of Croatia’s flag.

Just like any other SELECT ball, the official match ball for the EHF EURO 2018 consists of 32 panels, 20 hexagons and 12 pentagons, ensuring a perfect roundness, reliable aerodynamics, a straight flight and a controlled bounce.

Furthermore, every ULTIMATE ball is stitched by hand. The 32 panels are sewn together using 630 double stitches and 60 corner stitches and are closed off (especially for SELECT) with a double knot.

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