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History of the evolution of the ball in the world championships

Let's talk about how the ball has evolved compared to the classic ball from championship to championship.

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FIFA World Cup Uruguay 1930.

The first World Cup was held in 1930 in Uruguay. Only 13 teams participated. Among the European teams were France, Belgium, Yugoslavia, and Romania, and the rest were American teams.

In the end, Argentina and tournament host Uruguay played in the final. Before the finals began, both sides insisted on using their own game balls, which caused a headache for the referee on duty. In the end, the referee decided to use Argentina's ball in the first half and Uruguay's in the second. In the second half, Uruguay, which was trailing one to two, scored three straight goals, beating Argentina 4-2 and winning the championship.

Чемпионат мира по футболу. Уругвай, 1930 год.

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The 1934 World Cup in Italy - Fedeller.

In 1934, Italy, under Mussolini, finally won the right to host the World Cup and successfully reached the final against Czechoslovakia. It was rumored that in addition to the "carrot" there was a "stick" in the form of threatening athletes with reprisals in case of failure. Fortunately, the Italian team won the championship and they did not get to experience whether these words were empty threats, or whether in reality they would have been unhappy if they had lost.

Чемпионат мира 1934 года. Италия, Федрелле.

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The 1938 World Cup in France - Allen.

At the 1938 World Cup in France, the black clouds of war had already thickened over Europe, and Spain could not even participate for that reason. The French gave their World Cup ball the name of an ordinary man - Allen.

Чемпионат мира 1938 года во Франции -Аллен.

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The 1950 World Championship in Brazil - Super Duplo.

Because of World War II, the World Cup was not held in Brazil until 1950. Brazil produced a new World Cup ball, the Allen Super Duplo T (Allen Super Duplo T), based on Allen's last ball, but it did not bring luck to the Brazilian team. Brazil lost to Uruguay and lost the opportunity to win the World Cup on home soil.

Чемпионат мира 1950 года в Бразилии - Super Duplo.

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World Cup in Switzerland in 1954.

World Champion in Switzerland: From the name of this ball it is easy to understand the desire of the Swiss to host the local World Cup in 1954. It is worth noting that the World Cup ball finally got bright colors

Чемпионат мира в Швейцарии 1954 года.

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FIFA World Cup Sweden 1958 - Superstar.

With the start of the World Cup in Sweden, the Swedes' "superstar" was also on the radar of millions of fans. In addition to inheriting the yellow color of the previous championship, the organizers also launched a white replacement ball, which is no different, except for the color.

Чемпионат мира по футболу в Швеции 1958 года -Суперзвезда.

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The 1962 World Championships in Chile - Clecker.

The ball used in this competition is more refined than the previous one, and the reduction of curves and turns on the surface makes the ball smoother.

Чемпионат мира 1962 года в Чили - Клекер.

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World Cup 1966 in England - Schlesinger Challenge.

At the World Championships in England, the English game ball turned orange. Schlesinger is a British aristocratic brand with a long history, which produces balls for golf, tennis, polo and other aristocratic sports. It is worth noting that, to date, it is the only World Cup soccer held in Great Britain.

Чемпионат мира 1966 года в Англии - Schlesinger Challenge.

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The 1970 World Cup in Mexico - Telstar.

In 1970 we saw a revolutionary ball whose appearance is the prototype of modern soccer. To allow users of black and white television sets to see soccer clearly, Adidas, the company appointed by FIFA to provide the World Cup ball, added 12 black pentagons on a base of white leather. The new stitching method also makes the surface of the ball more rounded.

Чемпионат мира 1970 года в Мексике - Telstar.

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The 1974 World Championship in West Germany - Chile.

This world championship is called Chile. Do you know where the world championship was held? By the way, the answer is Germany.Two types of balls were used in this world championship. One was modeled after the Telstar of the previous championship and the other was pure white. It is very similar to the ball used in the World Cup in Chile. It is named after the classic.

Чемпионат мира 1974 года в Западной Германии - Чили. 

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The 1974 World Championship in West Germany is Chile.

This world championship is called Chile. Do you know where the world championship was held? By the way, the answer is Germany.Two types of balls were used in this world championship. One was modeled after the Telstar of the previous championship and the other was pure white. It is very similar to the ball used in the World Cup in Chile. It is named after the classic one.

Чемпионат мира по футболу в Аргентине 1978 года - Танго.

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World Cup Spain 1982 - Spanish Tango.

This time the "tango" came to another popular place and became the "Spanish Tango". The ball of the world soccer championship in Spain is similar to its predecessor, but is made with strict waterproofing of the seams, so that the ball does not absorb water on the grass and does not become heavier from moisture.

Чемпионат мира по футболу в Испании 1982 года - Испанское танго.

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The 1986 World Cup in Mexico - the Aztecs.

The Aztecs were an ancient civilization that flourished in Mexico in the fourteenth century. The Mexicans were proud of it and named their World Cup ball after their own history. The pattern on the ball also has the flavor of Mexican culture. Aztec - the first World Cup ball made of synthetic leather.

Чемпионат мира 1986 года в Мексике - ацтеки.

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The 1990 World Cup in Italy - the Etruscans.

The Etruscans are an ancient civilization located on the Apennine Peninsula. The Italians chose it for the name of their ball for the World Cup and applied an Etruscan drawing of a lion's head to this soccer ball. This time the ball is made entirely of synthetic materials, and the surface is also covered with a reinforced coating, which is already very similar to modern soccer in terms of weight and internal air pressure.

Чемпионат мира 1990 года в Италии - этруски.

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1994 World Cup in the United States - Quistra.

At the U.S. World Cup, the Americans demonstrated on their ball the exploration of space. They released the first game ball with a high-tech and high-energy bouncing layer of white foam, after adding which the ball feels softer and the feet feel more comfortable.

Чемпионат мира 1994 года в США - Квистра.

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World Cup 1998 in France - Tricolore Ball.

"Tricolore" is the first colored official game ball in the history of the World Cup. It is inspired by the colors of the French flag and the Gallic rooster. The Tricolore ball features newly developed "synthetic foam," which further enhances the durability and bounce energy of soccer at the time, as well as being sharper


Чемпионат мира 1998 года во Франции - Трехцветный мяч.

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The 2002 World Championships in South Korea and Japan - Flying Fire Meteor.

This time the use of the ball marked a new revolution. The original soccer ball consisted of 32 pieces of leather. This time there are only 14, and the number of connection points with the surface was reduced from the traditional 60 to 24. For this championship, the organizers printed the names of the participating teams on the ball.

Чемпионат мира 2002 года в Южной Корее и Японии - Flying Fire Meteor..

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World Championship 2006 in Germany -Team Star.

"Team Star" is a fusion of tradition and innovation, using three colors: black, white and gold. Black and white are the traditional colors of the host team in Germany, and gold is the World Cup trophy.

Чемпионат мира 2006 года в Германии -Team Star.

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The 2010 World Cup in South Africa - The Jabulani.

This ball has less skin than its predecessor, which had only eight pieces. This is the first time the World Soccer Championship is coming to Africa, and the pattern on the ball is very similar to the location of the championship. The people of South Africa chose to use the World Cup to bring all ethnic groups together so that there would be a The Jabulani, which means universal celebration.

Чемпионат мира 2010 года в Южной Африке - Всеобщее празднование.

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The 2014 World Cup in Brazil -Samba Glory.

This is another soccer ball named after the dance. The pattern on the soccer ball comes from the traditional Brazilian wishing bracelet. The colors are bright and full of softness.It is worth noting that the number of skins used in soccer is similar to bikini material design - less and less, this one uses only six cross-shaped spheres connected together.

Чемпионат мира 2014 года в Бразилии -Samba Glory.

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World Cup Russia 2018 in Sochi - Ball "Telstar-18.

The "Telstar-18 (TV Star 18)" ball used in this World Cup is in the most popular retro style.This is an upgraded version of the "Telestar" used in the 1970 World Cup.

"The Telestar" consisted of six pieces of ball leather that were divided into four layers on the inside. In addition to the fact that soccer balls are airtight, waterproof and resistant to warping, these materials are especially suitable for the high-tech rubber materials used in the second layer. It is made of biological materials extracted from sucrose, which is environmentally friendly and improves the elasticity and durability of the ball. A new chip has been added between the second and third layers of the ball - a special chip that can record data such as ball speed and flight path, and then it can be read by special equipment. FIFA will save this data for research purposes.

According to another report by the Economic Daily, Telezvezda is using Keltan Eco, a bio-based EPDM rubber developed by Alang Xin Scientific Research, a synthetic rubber company. It is the world's first commercial EPDM made from bio-based ethylene extracted from sugarcane.

"TV Star" was the first black and white soccer in history. To make it easier to follow soccer during television broadcasts, the first classic black and white spliced ball appeared.

Чемпионат мира в России 2018 года в Сочи - Мяч “Телстар-18.

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