Adidas Etrusco Unico: Euro 1992
Representing a brilliant attempt by Adidas to showcase the European history, the design of Etrusco Unico ball depicted the Etruscan art of central Italy that was dominant between 9th and 2nd Century BC. If you take a close look at the 20 Tango triads of this ball, each of it is adorned with three lion heads. Thus, in the construction of this ball, the designers took their inspiration from the fine art which was prevalent in Italy in the ancient ages.
Another feature of this ball which makes it unique is its water resistant ability. The seams of this ball were coated with rubber to prevent water from going inside. As a result, the water resistance characteristic of this ball improved miraculously.
However, while at one end the rubber prevented water, at the other end it helped, almost inadvertently, in the rapid wearing of this ball. The rubber decreased the wear resistance of the ball due to which it wore rapidly after being subjected to incessant usage.
Before being employed in the 1992 European Championship, this ball had already achieved its fame in the 1990 FIFA World Cup. The popularity of the ball at the time was so immense that it was also used in the 25th Olympic Games.
In an effort to bring back the memories of good old days, EA Sports included this ball in their famous game FIFA 16.
UEFA Euro 1992
Following the pattern of the preceding European Championships, the UEFA Euro 1992 comprised of 8 teams in the final competition. This was the first European Championship after the destruction of Wall of Berlin. As a result, it was the first Euro in which Germany took part as a nation.
As mentioned above, the 8 teams were divided into 2 groups of 4, with Group A as the Group of death. In addition to housing formidable sides in France and England, this Group contained underdogs Denmark and Sweden.
This was another tournament of regret for the English fans as England finished rock bottom in Group A. France finished 3rd with Sweden topping the group. The two teams that qualified for the next round were Sweden and Denmark.
In Group B, which comprised of Netherlands, Germany, Soviet Union and Scotland, Netherlands and Germany were able to make it through to the Semifinals. The Dutch side topped the group with 5 points from their three games.
The first Semifinal took place between favorites Germany and Sweden. Sweden twice came from behind to level the game 2-2, only to be thwarted by an 88th-minute winner from the Germans.
In the 2nd semifinal, Denmark was hell bent to rewrite history as they defeated the Dutch side 5-4 on penalties.
Much to the surprise of the football world, Denmark went on to complete their fairytale journey by defeating Germany 2-0 in the Final. Goals in both halves saw the Danish side acclaiming their first ever European Championship title.