The History of the World Cup Match Balls(Including the 2022 World Cup)

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The opening game of the World Cup is about to begin. The fans may have been unable to hold back the four-year wait and look forward to the arrival of 64 games.

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Since the first World Cup in 1930, to the 21st World Cup in Russia last year, 21 sessions have been held. The football used in each event is different. As part of the World Cup culture, comfortable and beautiful football not only allows players They play comfortably and can also bring a good visual experience to the audience. Since 1970, there has been a dedicated football for the World Cup. Later, the World Cup ball has been moving in the direction of being rounder, lighter, and more technological.

Now, let us understand together what the ball is used in previous world games.

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Tiento&T-Model: 1st-1930 World Cup in Uruguay

In the final, both sides insisted on using their own balls: Argentina provided the ball in the first half (‘Tiento’) and led the game by 2-1; the home team Uruguay provided the ball in the second half (larger and heavier’T-Model’) ‘) and won 4-2.

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Federale 102: 2nd-1934 World Cup in Italy

The Italian World Cup ball is called “Federale 102”, which is also a T-ball. Due to the damage of the ball in the Uruguay World Cup, the thickness of the football skin was deliberately increased in this World Cup.
As a result, the football has become heavier and heavier after it absorbs rain and sweat. In the second half of the game, heading is almost the same as breaking a brick with your head.

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Allen: 3rd World Cup in France-1938

It has a romantic name called “Allen”. Although it is also a T-shaped ball, the shell is no longer a T-shaped splicing, but a vertical splicing. The number of skins used for a single ball has also become 12, and the sphere is more round, but From the appearance, it looks more like a volleyball.

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Allen Super Duplo T: 4th-1950 World Cup Brazil

Brazil made the first step to change football. The ball used in the 1950 World Cup was the first football to use an invisible valve. This football named “Allen Super Duplo T” (Super Duplo T) is not The stitching hole is needed again, and the football bid farewell to the lace era. In addition, the football skin uses the piece-by-piece mosaic technology, which is a leap in football manufacturing technology.

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Swiss World Champion 5th-1954 World Cup in Switzerland

The 5th World Cup in 1954 was held by Switzerland. The Swiss flag was printed on the game ball, and the shape of the sewing part began to change significantly. It is worth mentioning that before the World Cup finals, adidas replaced the German team with sneakers equipped with rotating embedded screws, which made the team run more stable on the court after the rain and successfully won the championship.

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Top Star: 6th-1958 World Cup in Sweden

In the 1958 World Cup, the ball was called Top Star, and it was a 17-year-old superstar who opened the way to the world. He was named Edson Nascimento and Bailey.
With the advancement of technology, the outer skin of the football has become thinner, and the production process has gradually become standardized. Top Star pioneered the use of waterproof outer skin, and also adjusted the overall curvature of the football. The football is moving towards a rounder, lighter and more advanced. A step away.

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Crack: 7th-1962 World Cup in Chile

The football of the Chile World Cup is the embryonic form of modern football. This football called “Crack” is also an 18-skin shell, but the surface is composed of irregular polygons, and it is no longer like volleyball in the past.

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Slazenger Challenge: 8th-1966 World Cup in England

An orange or yellow 18-face ball, a blind test at the English Football Association in Soho Square.

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Telstar Elast: 9th-1970 World Cup in Mexico

TV Star is the first 32 black and white balls used in the FIFA World Cup finals. Adidas only provided 20. In some games, a brown ball (Germany-Peru) and a white ball (the first half of Italy-Germany) were used. The ball later became the iconic appearance of football.

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Telstar Durlast: 10th-1974 World Cup in Federal Republic of Germany

The latter is all white. The first polyurethane-coated ball makes it waterproof and wear-resistant.

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Tango Durlast:11th-1978 World Cup in Argentina

The “Tango” that appeared in the World Cup in Argentina in 1978 is considered to be the classic ball used in previous World Cups. It uses the elegance, passion and inspiration of traditional Argentine tango dances in its design, and technically improves the adaptability of football to climatic conditions, laying the foundation for the design of football in the future, and this design form has been used for nearly 20 years. In addition, the Argentine national football team also won the final victory at home.

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Tango Espana: 12th-1982 World Cup in Spain

Similar to its predecessor, the Spanish Tango has a polyurethane coating. It has new and improved rubber seams and is the last leather football used in the World Cup.

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Azetca: 13th-1986 World Cup in Mexico

It is made of synthetic fiber, and it is also the first World Cup ball made of fully synthetic material. It has better water absorption and durability, and its design inspiration is more ethnic, just like the name Azteca, derived from the local Aztec architecture and mural art in Mexico.

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Erusco Unico: 14th-1990 World Cup in Italy

Inspired by the ancient Etruscan culture of Italy, three Etruscan lion heads are printed on each triangle inlay.

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Questra: 15th-1994 U.S. World Cup

Due to the optimization of the cushioning performance, the overall feel of the Kristella is softer and more comfortable, and it is also deeply loved by the forwards.

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Tricolore: 16th-1998 World Cup in France

New type of composite foam material. The first multi-color ball in the World Cup finals, which combines the colors of the French flag and the symbol of the Gallic rooster. National characteristics have become standard. The “transparent printing” technology also makes the overall color of the ball brighter and not easy to fade.

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Fevernova: The 17th-2002 World Cup in Korea and Japan

The first World Cup ball with a triangular design. The ball of the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup is technically the same as the Meteor, but has a different visual design.

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Teamgeist: 18th-2006 World Cup in Germany

Use 14 spheres to make each game in the World Cup finals has its own independent ball, with the match date, stadium and team name printed on it

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Jabulani: 19th-2010 World Cup in South Africa

The ball is formed by splicing only 8 pieces of leather. The ball used in the 2010 FIFA World Cup final was the golden Jo’bulani, named after the standard South African nickname “Jo’burg” in Johannesburg, where the game was played. The game was eye-catching because players and fans argued that the aerodynamics of this ball were particularly unpredictable.

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Brazuca: 20th-2014 World Cup in Brazil

It consists of 6 thermally bonded polyurethane cross-shaped leathers. This is the first time that a ball has been designated for the World Cup football match named by a fan.

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Elstar 18: 21st-2018 Russia World Cup

The 2018 World Cup in Russia was named Telstar 18 (TV Star 18), as the name suggests, to pay tribute to the 1970 classic, returning to the black and white football, the style is much simpler, only the black color block has some mosaic processing .

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Speedshell: 22nd-2022 World Cup in Qatar

The Adidas 2022 World Cup football has a modern and fresh design. It is mainly white with a one-of-a design in orange, blue and electricity.
There is a big Speedshell writing on the upper of the ball. We expect it to look better on an authentic Adidas product.In terms of tech, the Adidas 2022 World Cup ball has a rather classic hexagonal panel design.In terms of official colors, the Adidas 2022 World Cup football combines the main color white with’Pantone’.

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