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 Official Match Ball: Derbystar Returns to the Bundesliga
Sports-business | 25.04.2017

Adidas Official Match Ball until June 2018

Derbystar Provides Bundesliga Soccer Ball: DFL Announces Surprising Cooperation

Official Match Ball: Derbystar Returns to the Bundesliga. From the 2018/2019 season, the Bundesliga will play with Derbystar’s official match ball. (Quelle: Imago)
From the 2018/2019 season, the Bundesliga will play with Derbystar’s official match ball.
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Derbystar Supersedes Adidas: From the 2018/2019 season, the Bundesliga will play with soccer balls provided by Derbystar Sportartikel GmbH. The German Soccer League (DFL) announced this on Monday – and created a huge surprise with the news. That is because no one had ever expected a decision against Adidas who has supplied the official soccer ball for the Bundesliga and 2nd Bundesliga since the introduction of a standardized ball in Summer 2010.

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“Our new partner Derbystar has long stood for the highest product quality – quality that is acknowledged by clubs and players alike. We also appreciate the international distribution network Derbystar maintains together with Select Sport, its parent company,” says Jörg Daubitzer, CEO of DFL SE. 

The contract runs for four seasons until June 2022.


Derbystar not just in the Bundesliga

Derbystar and Bundesliga have a long mutual history. In the seventies and eighties, many matches were held with a Derbystar soccer ball.

Derbystar Sportartikel GmbH has belonged to Select Sport A/S, a sports company from Denmark, for over 25 years. Along with the top Danish professional league, Derbystar soccer balls are also used in Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Belgium and the Netherlands.

The current model by Derbystar is called Brilliant Aps and costs 130 Euros. Adidas sells its “Torfabrik” (goal factory) at 140 euros.

In England, Spain and Italy, Nike provides the official match ball.

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