World Cup 2018

The evolution of the World Cup ball since 1930

Leather ball with interior bladder for the 1930 Uruguay World Cup, used in the first half of the Uruguay-Argentina final.

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Leather ball with interior bladder for the 1930 Uruguay World Cup, used in the first half of the Uruguay-Argentina final.

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World Cup Italia 1934. Modelo Federale 102, with laces sewn in.

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France 1938. Modelo 'Allen', the first ball to use a valve.

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Mundial de Brasil 1950. Model 'Super Ball Duplo T'.

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Switzerland 1954. Modelo 'Swiss World Champion' with external segments forming a "T".

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Sweden 1958. Model 'Top Star'.

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'Slazenger Challenge', England 1966

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Mexico 1970. Adidas Telstar, a first for Adidas with pentagonal and hexagonal sections.

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Adidas Telstar Durlast. Germany 1974, white hexagons mixed with black pentagons.

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Adidas Tango, the iconic ball from Argentina 1978.

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Spain 1982. Adidas Tango España, the first fully waterproof ball in World Cup history.

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Mexico 1986. Adidas Tango Azteca, first totally synthetic ball.

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Italia 1990. Adidas Etrusco, with an inner layer of polyurethane foam.

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USA 1994. Adidas Questra, with polyethylene foam and braided fiber mesh.

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France 1998. Adidas Tricolore, with a filling of gas microbubbles.

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Korea and Japan 2002. Adidas Fevernova.

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Germany 2006. Adidas Teamgeist, with fewer individual sections than before.

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South Africa 2010. Adidas Jabulani, which allowed for more movement in the air and proved difficult for goalkeepers.

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Brazil 2014. Adidas 'Brazuca', with a new shape and texture to the panels.. The name, chosen by popular vote, means "Brazilian" in the local dialect.

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Russia 2018. El Telstar 18 was inspired by Adidas' first contribution from Mexico 1970, one that changed football design forever.

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At a glance | The evolution of the ball used in World Cups.

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