Sport FIFA unveils 2018 World Cup ball with nod to 1970

20:26  09 november  2017
20:26  09 november  2017 Source:   theScore

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DUBAI: The 2018 FIFA World Cup match ball has been revealed – the Adidas Telstar 18. As with their official kits for the tournament, Adidas have put a modern twist on a classic design by updating the 1970 Telstar – the company’s first ever World Cup ball .

The official match ball for the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil has been revealed. It has a new structural innovation, with six identical panels – compared to the eight panels of the 2010 World Cup ’s Jabulani, or the 32 of the iconic 1970 World Cup Telstar.

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Adidas unveiled the official match ball for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the Telstar 18, on Thursday. Its black-panel design is a "reimagining" of the pattern used for the 1970 World Cup ball.

The black-and-white scheme, first used during the 1970 tournament, has become an iconic symbol of the sport. The original Telstar was branded based on its status as the "star of television," since its pattern was intended to stand out on black-and-white TVs.

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The likes of Pele, Bobby Moore, and Gerd Muller kicked the archetypal ball about in Mexico in 1970, and today's stars will do the same with the updated version when the World Cup makes its maiden visit to Eastern Europe next summer.

"I was lucky enough to get to know this ball a bit earlier and I managed to have a try with it," Argentina star Lionel Messi told FIFA. "I like all of it: the new design, the colours, everything."

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