Every World Cup ball
A fantastic new GIF created by ponsport.com shows how the balls used at the World Cup have changed over the years.
From the early days in the 1930s, when heavy leather panels were held together by shoelace-thickness string, to the almost-lighter-than-air spheres used in the last few tournaments, it's a fascinating slice of football history.
The first ball, used at the 1930 World Cup, was known as the "T-shape" due to the shape formed by the panels at right angles to each other.
Other curiosities to note are the 1970 ball, the Telstar, which was the first made by Adidas (who have made each World Cup ball ever since), and which popularised the black and white hexagons and pentagons which dominated football design for years.
There's also the 1998 "Tricolore", which was the first multi-coloured ball.
Then there was 2010's infamous Jabulani, which was bought for 99p at local petrol stations before each match. At least, that was the verdict of goalkeepers who claimed that it swerved and dipped outrageously and unpredictably; just ask Paul Robinson if you want more details on that score.
We joke, of course; but Adidas claim their latest "Brazuca" ball will be the most stable yet, while still weighing in at a paltry 437 grams that should allow players to let rip from long range during the tournament.
It's been heavily tested for a couple of years with no problems, so goalkeepers will have to find something other than the ball to blame for letting in goals; unless of course they blame the 1980s graffiti-style graphics splurged over the thing!
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