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The Premier League & Nike Celebrate 20 Year Partnership With A Geo Merlin Remake

A limited-edition release of the very first Nike ball to be used in the English top flight… 

19th August 2019

A limited-edition release of the very first Nike ball to be used in the English top flight… 

The Premier League made its official comeback two weeks ago and despite the fallout from VAR there’s been a lot to eulogise over; that Nicolas Pepe turn, the Teemu Pukki hat-trick and Daniel James’ celebration at Old Trafford. But, today Nike and the Premier League are taking a trip down memory lane – rekindling the spirit of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Thierry Henry and Ruud Van Nistelrooy – with the relaunch of a limited-edition Geo Merlin ball, an exact recreation of the first Nike ball to be used in the Premier League back in the 2000/01 season.

The 2019/20 campaign will be the 20th Premier League season which Nike has supplied the match ball, and to celebrate, the Swoosh is re-releasing its first-ever Premier League ball, the Geo Merlin. Touted at the time as being the ‘roundest, fastest and most accurate ball ever,’ the design set the precedent; as a total of 992 goals were scored with the ball during its debut campaign. 

Designed as a like-for-like remake of the original, including: Dynamic Support Structure to keep the ball in shape when struck, high-solid polyurethane and polyethelene foam to provide responsiveness and vulcanised latex rubber to create a ‘trampoline’ effect returning impact energy when the ball is struck.

Only 600 units of the Geo Merlin will be released globally, so it’s strictly limited-edition. It’s more of a ball to treasure this one, not one to play headers and volleys with. That said, if you’re one of the lucky ones to get your hands on it, then you can do whatever you like with it.

Head to nike.com/football for more information. 

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