The FIBA European Basketball Championship 2013 takes place from 4 September until 22 September 2013 in Slovenia. The typeface used for the branding of the event is Chaparral. Although Chaparral was designed by American type designer Carol Twombly and published by US-based Adobe, this choice feels very European to me, at least in the basketball context. A humanist slab in mixed case is not the most typical style for a sports event, is it?
Chaparral (1997) is named after the Californian shrubland with its small evergreen oaks. There is another contemporary slab serif with similarly casual details that carries a ‘woody’ name, too: FF Tisa (2008) by Mitja Miklavčič – Tisa is the Slovenian word for yew tree. Someone forgot to tell the EuroBasket designers that they could have used a fresh local typeface, instead of one that comes bundled with Adobe CS.