Adidas Terrestra Silverstream: Euro 2000
Adidas Terrestra Silverstream was the official match ball of the European Championship in 2000 which was held in The Netherlands and Belgium. Following their tradition of naming footballs based on the host nations, the name “Terrestra” was given to this football to represent the waterways and transport routes of Belgium and Holland.
As far as the term “Silverstream” is concerned, the waterways mentioned above glisten brightly in the sun. Due to this quality, the locals call them as Silver streams. Thus, the whole name Terrestra Silverstream was derived from the local passageways and the terminology which was adopted by the local citizens to describe them.
Taking the cue from the Euro 1996 official match ball, Adidas made the Terrestra Silverstream softer and lighter. This was done to improve the midair movement of the ball, which had resulted in more goals in the preceding European tournament.
In order to give this ball a softer outlook, such synthetic foam panels were used in its outer layers which were ergonomically manufactured. Therefore, in addition to satisfying the demands of their users, Adidas revealed their nature as a worker-friendly company by making Terrestra Silverstream.
Inside, the ball was made of a layer of micro balloons which were compressed. This was done to distribute the impact of strike evenly on all parts of the ball. Consequently, Adidas eliminated the unpredictability in the midair movement of this ball by giving it a faster flight path.
However, as exemplified by the goal of Luis Figo against England in the Championships – in which the ball moved wickedly after getting a deflection, this ball had some side effects which were addressed by Adidas in the coming years.
UEFA Euro 2000
With 16 teams taking part in the final tournament, UEFA Euro 2000 was held in Belgium and Holland from 10th June – 2nd July. As courtesy to being the host nations, both Belgium, and the Netherlands earned automatic qualification to the group stages.
After seeing the success of Golden Goal rule in the 1996 Championships, UEFA decided to continue the experiment in this tournament. Their experiment proved to be brilliant as the Final of this tournament was decided on the Golden Goal.
One of the biggest surprises of this competition was the downfall of England. While it had qualified for the Semi Final of the 1996 Euros, England was eliminated in the Group stages this time around. Other than England, Germany were the 2nd biggest disappointment of this competition as they failed to win a single game.
Of the 8 teams that qualified for the Quarter Finals, France and Netherlands were favorites to go through. France qualified for the Finals after beating Portugal 2-1 in the Semis whereas the Dutch side crumbled on their last step as they were undone by the Italians on penalties.
The Final of the UEFA Euro 2000 took place in Feijinoord Stadium in Rotterdam. Being the reigning World Champions, many expected France to win this game with ease. However, they were silenced in the 55th minute when Delvecchio scored to give Italy 1-goal lead.
The Italians were just moments short of victory when Wiltord scored the equalizer in the dying stages of the 2nd half. The match was extended to Extra time where David Trezeguet scored the Golden Goal to hand France their 2nd ever European title.