Published: Fri, November 10, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Adidas unveil 2018 FIFA World Cup ball

Adidas unveil 2018 FIFA World Cup ball

It's official. Federation Internationale de Football Association have confirmed that the Adidas Telstar 18 is the ball to be used in Russia next summer and as such, it will join it's spherical brethren in the grand pantheon of World Cup matchballs.

It turned out the German kit giants reverted to the iconic Telstar design that was last seen at the 1974 World Cup in West Germany.

The Telstar name originally came from its status as a "television star" due to the fact the ball's black paneling would stand out on Television sets.

In recent years the World Cup has given birth to one-off balls, from 2010's Jabulani to the Brazuca in 2014.

The Telstar18 is a reinvention of the classic design from the 1970 tournament, featuring the latest technology and an innovative NFC chip to enable digital interaction.

Some of the leading national and club sides have been involved in the testing process including; Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Manchester United, Juventus, Real Madrid and Ajax.

The NFC (near-field communication) chip is embedded in the ball to allow fans to interact using their smartphones.

The World Cup ball has won the approval of five-time World Footballer of the Year Messi.

A brand new panel design features a metallic print execution and texture graphic effect.

Hummels tests the Telstar 18. The new panel structure and inclusion of an NFC chip has taken soccer innovation and design to a new level and offers both consumers and players a completely new experience.

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