Adidas Telstar Durlast: Euro 1972
Although we currently know Telstar Durlast as the official match ball of 1972 European Championship, most of the people aren’t aware of the fact that it was first used in 1970 FIFA World Cup.
It consisted of 32-panels that combined to give it the form of a truncated icosahedron. In the eyes of football experts, this football was merely an extension to the Elast Football which was used in 1968’s European Football Championships.
One thing that differentiated 1972 Match ball from its 1970’ counterpart was the addition of graphics. To give the match ball a new touch, Adidas decided to imprint graphics on the 1972 Match Ball.
Another thing which differentiated Durlast from its predecessors was its water rejecting ability. Thanks to the polyurethane coating and the presence of Durlast technology, the water resistance of this ball increased manifold.
However, despite the aforementioned efforts, this ball wasn’t made waterproof. In fact, it wasn’t until 1974 that footballs were made totally waterproof.
The 1972 European football Championship took place in Belgium. This was the 4th European Championship, with the final tournament taking place from 14th to 18th June.
Looking at the format of the tournament it is safe to say that it wouldn’t have satisfied the appetite of the upcoming generation of football fans. Thanks to the format, only four teams could take part in it.
For example Italy were the reigning Champions in 1968, however, thanks to the qualifying structure, they weren’t able to qualify for the Finals in 1972. Also, if you take a look at the teams that took part in the 1968 European Championships, only one of them i.e. the Soviet Union were able to qualify for the next edition. The likes of West Germany, Hungary, and Belgium were all new entrants in 1972.
Looking at the course of this tournament it seems that the German were favorites right from the start. With England and Italy not in the competition, only Soviet Union possessed the ability to challenge the might of the West German side which had players like Beckenbauer and Gerd Muller.
Coming into this tournament, both West Germany and Soviet Union were in red hot form. In the qualifying stages that preceded this tournament, both these teams were undefeated. The trend was continued in the Finals as both of them made it to the Final of UEFA EURO 1972.
The Final of the tournament took place on 18th June in Brussels. Contrary to the popular public belief which called for a tight finale, the West German side ripped apart their Soviet Union counterparts.
Starting with a Gerd Muller goal in the 27th minute, the Germans scored two more in the next half hour to take the game beyond the reach of the Russians. Gerd Muller was given the Man of the Match award due to his brace in the Final. The German also finished the tournament with top scorer after scoring 4-goals in the Finals.