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Telstar 18 back as official World Cup match ball

Telstar 18 back as official World Cup match ball

Adidas Football has revealed the official ball for the 2018 FIFA World Cup "Telestar 18".The FIFA World Cup 2018 is to be held in Russian Federation.

The Telstar 18 is a rework of the first ever World Cup ball made by Adidas, used in Mexico in 1970.

An icon reinvented. Introducing: #Telstar18 ⚽️.

We want to know how good your memory of World Cup balls from the past is.

The new ball has already found a prominent supporter in the guise of Lionel Messi, who offered rave reviews after testing it out during the development phase. I like all of it: "the new design, the colours, everything", he said.

Well, that's that then.

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The first ball to be decorated with black panels, the pattern was created to stand out on black-and-white TVs, and changed football design forever.

The ball has often been a hot topic at recent World Cups - especially in South Africa 2010.

According to Roland Rommler, Category Director of Football Hardware at Adidas, designing the ball was an exciting challenge.

The ball features the latest technology and an innovative NFC chip that enables digital interaction.

The World Cup will start on Thursday, June 14 and will finish on Sunday, July 15 2018.

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