“The team is the star” was the motto of the fifth European Athletics Team Championships held in Braunschweig, where the competition reached fever pitch in June 2014. Twelve teams competed against each other in a variety of disciplines including the high jump, discus and track events. The venue for these European Championships was the Eintracht stadium, home to the Eintracht Braunschweig football team and the American football team the “New Yorker Lions”. In order to ensure optimal conditions for the athletes, the red circular track was replaced by a blue Polytan M synthetic surface in the run-up to the championships. This is certified in line with the requirements of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and is noted for its high level of shock absorbency and excellent sports medical values. The granules are interspersed with visible “tips”, so the surface is particularly suitable for spiked running shoes.