PHOTOS: Nike Drops New “Tunnel Vision” Merlin Ball For Final Stages Of The Premier League 19/20 Season.
Feb. 18, 2020
As the English Premier League transitions to the final stages of the 2019/20 season, Nike will debut its latest match ball: The Premier League “Tunnel Vision” Merlin.
Incorporating Nike Aerowtrac technology, the ball is engineered to provide an accurate and stable flight by helping ensure a steady flow of air across the ball no matter what speed it is moving at.
The “Tunnel Vision” design highlights the balance of clarity and disorder with bright orange circles amid a flurry of graphics. This underscores players’ ability to focus on one task while ignoring everything else.
One of the panels features the prized Premier League trophy, reminding each team of the ultimate end-of-season goal.
The Premier League “Tunnel Vision” Merlin will make its debut during the Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur fixture on Saturday, February 22.
This is essentially the same Merlin ball that has been on the pitch all season, but with a new aesthetic. We've already had the standard Merlin and the Hi-Vis edition through winter, but now for the first time in Premier League history, a third ball is introduced for the run-in. A run-in that Nike might have hoped would have been a bit more exciting in terms of a genuine title race.