In preparation for next year's Euro Tournament, Adidas has unveiled the ball that will be used during the group stages: the Beau Jeu (French for "the beautiful game). One of France's most legendary players, Zinedine Zidane, took to social media to launch the new ball. The design of the ball incorporates the technical elements of the 2014 World Cup Brazuca, with the well-received panel shape, but this time with an improved surface texture for additional grip. Beau Jeu went through an 18-month development period, and will be given to qualifying teams by the end of November 2015 to ensure that all teams receive 6 months of practice time with the ball. The visual design of the ball takes its cues from the red, white and blue of the French Tricoulour and E-U-R-O 2-0-1-6 can be found stacked in blocks around the panels.
The 2014 World Cup Champions, Germany, will look to continue their success in new white and black home kits featuring the FIFA Champions badge and a fourth star above their crest. The kits feature a subtle "success bar code" graphic that runs down the center of the jersey and represents the team's past successes on World and European stages. For the first time, the Adidas kit features the three stripes down the sides of the jersey and not the sleeves.
The Germany Away kit is featured in a unique grey-striped colorway with dark green sleeves. In another unique twist, the jersey is also reversible, with a bright yellow mesh torso that represents a training bib.
The defending European champions, Spain, will wear a traditional red and yellow home kit. The main design motif that runs throughout the jersey is a triangle, which is seen patterned across the torso. The triangle represents the famous Spanish style of play, utilizing quick passes between two or three players as the ball is moved around the field. The Adidas three stripes are featured underneath the sleeves for the first time, and blue highlights line the sleeves. The away jersey is predominately white with a retro-inspired red and yellow blocking pattern across the chest.
The 2016 Euro Official Match Ball will be available in the shop in size 5. The Spain home and away jerseys are available in youth sizes, and the German home and away kits are available in youth and adult sizes.