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Lets know the History of FIFA World Cup Balls.

Fifa World Cup was held in the following years 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010. One thing is sure Adidas still holds the monopoly for making Official FIFA World Cup Ball. Upto now all the balls were manufactured by Adidas.


Telstar was a design of association football made by Adidas. It was the official match ball of the 1970 FIFA World Cup in Mexico.

It was painted with black and white panels so it was more visible on black-and-white television. The name Telstar one of the first communications satellites, which was roughly spherical and dotted with solar panels, somewhat similar in appearance to the football.

Telstar Durlast

Telestar Durlast by Adidas was the official match ball of the 1974 FIFA world cup in West Germany.

Telstar Durlast is evolved form Telstar. Telstar Durlast was coated with polyurethane durlast coating. It had fair water resistance.

Tango Durlast

Tango Durlast by Adidas was the official match ball of 1978 FIFA World Cup in Argentina.

Twenty identical panels with ‘triads’ created the impression of 12 circles. It was the most expensive ball in history, at the time, with a £50 price tag.

Adidas Tango Durlast was made of genuine leather and boasted the shiny waterproofing Durlast coating.

Tango España

Tango España by Adidas was the official match ball of 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain.

Tango España was evolved from Tango Durlast.

The Tango España had improved water resistant qualities and was the last Genuine Leather Ball made for the World cup.


Azteca Mexico by Adidas was the official match ball of 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico. It was also the first fully synthetic FIFA World Cup ball.

Etrusco Unico

Etrusco Unico was the official match ball of the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy.Three Etruscan lion heads decorate each of the 20 Tango triads was inspiration from Italy’s ancient history and the fine art of the Etruscans.


Questra was the official match ball of the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the United States.

The name was derived from an ancient word meaning "the quest for the stars."

1994 marked the 25th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, which is considered to be one of the most important moments in the history of the host country.


Tricolore by Adidas was the official match ball of 1998 FIFA World Cup in France. Tricolore was the first multi-coloured ball to be used in the tournament's final stage and was also the final World Cup ball to bear the classic Tango design, introduced in the 1978 tournament.

It was the first Football to be manufactured outside Europe and was manufactured in Morocco.


Fevernova was the official match ball of 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea/Japan.

The colorful and revolutionary look and color usage was entirely based on Asian culture. The Fevernova featured a refined syntactic foam layer to give the ball superior performance characteristics and a three-layer, knitted chassis, allowing for a more precise and predictable flight path every time.

This ball was criticised for being too light, though spectacular goals were scored with it during the tournament.

Fevernova balls were made in Sialkot, Pakistan.


Teamgeist ball was the official football for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.

The ball was designed by the Adidas Innovation Team and the Molten Corporation and is made by Adidas.

Teamgeist is claimed to be rounder and to perform more uniformly regardless of where it is hit, and being almost waterproof, it does not change performance as much when wet.

Loughborough University conducted extensive comparative testing on the ball, along with the Adidas football laboratory in Scheinfeld, Germany.

It was criticized for being too light and had a vastly different performance when wet.


Adidas Jabulani is the official match ball for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Adidas Jabulani was developed at Loughborough University in the UK.

Jabulani means "rejoice" in Zulu and is similar to "Jebulane".

The balls are made in China and Pakistan, using latex bladders made in India, thermoplastic polyurethane-elastomer from Taiwan, ethylene vinyl acetate, isotropic polyester/cotton fabric, glue, and ink from China.

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