Adidas World Cup Balls

So I was at the Adidas store in NYC last weekend and came across this wonderful display of the Adidas World Cup balls. The First ball that Adidas made for a World Cup was for the 1970 Mexico World Cup, the Telstar.
So lets take a look at the balls that gives us so much joy every 4 yrs for 1 month.


Telstar : Mexico, 1970
Adidas started to make soccer balls in 1963 but made the first official FIFA World Cup ball in 1970. The first ball used in the World Cup to use the Buckminster type of design.The first ball with 32 black and white panels. The TELSTAR was more visible on black and white televisions (1970 FIFA World Cup Mexico™ was the first to be broadcast live on television).


Two adidas match balls were used for Germany ‘74. Telstar made a repeat appearance with new black branding replacing the previously gold branding. Adidas introduced a new all-white version named Adidas Chile (after an all-white ball used at Chile 62). The materials and techniques used in the Telstar and Chile were identical to those used four years earlier.

TANGO Durlast

Argentina, 1978 The ball design represented elegance, dynamism and passion.


Spain, 1982. Adidas introduced a new ball which had rubber inlaid over the seams to prevent water from seeping through. The first ball with water-resistant qualities. General wear from kicking however meant the rubber began to wear after a short time and needed to be replaced during the game. The last genuine leather world cup ball.


México, 1986. The FIFA World Cup Mexico, saw the introduction of the first polyurethane coated ball which was rain-resistant. The first synthetic match ball, with good qualities on hard and wet surfaces.


Italy, 1990. The first ball with an internal layer of black polyurethane foam.


USA, 1994. FIFA World Cup USA, 1994, official ball which was enveloped in a layer of polystyrene foam.
This not only made it more waterproof but allowed the ball greater acceleration when kicked. The new game ball felt softer to the touch. Improved ball control and higher velocity during play.


France, 1998. By 1998, FIFA World Cup France was played with a ball which sported the French red-white-blue tri-color. A complete departure from the old traditional black and white pattern. The first official World Cup colored soccer ball. The TRICOLORE used underglass print technology with a thin layer of syntactic foam.


Korea Japan, 2002. For FIFA World Cup Korea Japan, 2002, Adidas created a new ball made up of thicker inner layers to increase the accuracy of the ball in flight.


The ball is produced by technology so advanced the German sportswear giant assured the performance is “unprecedented.” Even the name refers to a German trait: Teamgeist means team spirit, something the Germans have long thrived on instead of individual brilliance.
“The fine gold accents along the rounded propellers are inspired by the golden FIFA World Cupä Trophy. The revolutionary new panel shape is designed to minimize corners and to create a more homogenous system in terms of performance and look. The radiant lines of the graphics surrounding the propeller shape symbolize movement and energy. Thanks to adidas innovation team designer Scott Tomlinson from England and German category designer Anatol Just, +Teamgeistä combines everything needed to become a state-of-the-art product.”

That my friends is a quick summary on the Adidas World Cup balls. See you later..

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