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Everything You Need To Know About The World Cup Ball

Everything You Need To Know About The World Cup Ball
By Eoin Lyons

With the World Cup upon us, we turn to perhaps the most important participant in this summer's showpiece in Russia: the World Cup ball. The Adidas Telstar is the name given to the ball that will be used come June and is a modern interpretation of the 1970 Telstar: World Cup ball 2018

The name of the ball was revealed on November 9, 2017 at the official presentation in Moscow by Lionel Messi, winner of the Golden Ball at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and attended by winners of the World Cup in different years: Zinedine Zidane, Kaká, Alessandro Del Piero, Xabi Alonso and Lukas Podolski.
The main differences between the new and the old versions is that the original Telstar had 32 panels whereas the current itieration has only six, which are not stitched, but seamlessly glued together. It is yet to be revealed whether Adidas will produce a special edition version for the World Cup final, which takes place on the 15th of July:

World Cup ball 2018 - Adidas Telstar

The Telstar has recently drawn the ire of national goalkeepers such as David De Gea, Pepe Reina as well as Barcelona's Marc-André Ter-Stegen who has openly criticised Adidas' design:

The ball could be better; it moves a lot.

But I think we're just going to have to get used to working with it, and try to get to grips with it as quickly as possible before the World Cup starts.

We've got no other option.

FormerReina was also negative in his assessment of the Telstar:

I bet you as much as you like that we'll see at least 35 goals from long range in Russia, because it's impossible to work out.

It's covered in a plastic film that makes it difficult to hold on to. Goalkeepers are going to have a lot of problems with this ball.

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