The above picture was provided by Sebastiano Calì from Italy. Thanks!
The above Telstar ball (that was made in France) picture was provided by Jacques Barralon
The Adidas Telstar was named after the Telstar satellite. The ball was completely made of leather like all other balls in its time; however, unlike any other ball, it featured 32 hand-stitched panels (12 black pentagons and 20 white hexagons). This created the roundest sphere of its time.
The revolutionary design of Telstar re-wrote soccer ball history: it was the first white football ever to be decorated with black pentagons. Mexico 1970 was the first live televised FIFA World Cup and the revolutionary design of Telstar. The name derives from “Star of Television” which made the ball far more visible on black and white television. Until this day, the Adidas Telstar remains the common design type of all generic soccer balls.
Only 20 Telstars (without graphics) were provided for the 1970 World Cup
The above picture was supplied by Soccer Ball World visitor Francisco Aquino Ochoa
According to Francisco: “The Telstar balls with NO marks or logos were made EXCLUSIVELY for the matches of the world cup… This ball was a gift from the organization committee of the world cup to a radio journalist in Mexico city.
The ball was used in the previous match to the ” Game of the Century ” Germany vs Italy at Azteca stadium.
The ball originally belonged to the German team. They returned the ball to the committee. The committee in turn gave the ball to the journalist as a gift…The journalist had the above pictured ball in his house for over 38 years!
All Telstar balls with marks like “adidas”,”official world cup Mexico”,”Telstar Durlast ” are originals too, but they were not used in the world cup.
These balls with marks were sold in stores or by catalogue..
3 kinds of balls were used in the world cup. All with 32 panels, and with NO marks.
1) White ball. All panels were white.
2) Brown ball. All panels were brown.
3) And this one, the most popular and used in the world cup, with 20 hexagons white and 12 pentagons black.”
Thank you for the information and picture Francisco!
Here is a picture of a white Santiago ball which was the “unofficial” ball of the 1966 World Cup in England (courtesy of carlos del castillo)
The first Adidas Telstar called ELAST
“Telstar 18”, the Official Match Ball for the 2018 FIFA World Cup RussiaThe new Telstar 18 is a reimagining of the first Adidas FIFA World Cup match ball – ‘star of television’
Adidas Soccer Reveals the Official Match Ball for the 2018 FIFA World Cup
– The Telstar 18 pays homage to the first ever Adidas World Cup ball, the 1970 Telstar –
– A reinvention of the classic with a brand new panel design and the latest in ball technology –
– Features an innovative NFC chip to enable a digital consumer interaction –
– Went through extensive testing with some of the biggest national and club teams in the world including Argentina, Real Madrid and Manchester United –
MOSCOW, November 9, 2017 – Adidas Soccer has today revealed the Official Match Ball for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. The Telstar 18 will be used by the world’s best players as they seek to claim the biggest prize in soccer next summer.
The new Telstar 18 is a reimagining of the first Adidas FIFA World Cup match ball, the Telstar, which was used at the 1970 tournament in Mexico. The name of the original came from its position as the ‘star of television’. The first ball to be decorated with black panels, the pattern was designed to stand out on black and white televisions, and changed soccer design forever.
The ball has a brand new carcass that retains the best of the Brazuca, the Official Match Ball of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, while building in new technology to maximize performance.
The ball went through extensive testing to ensure it suits the needs of the best players in the world. 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 ball was showcased for the first time by Leo Messi and a host of adidas World Cup winners including Zinedine Zidane, Kaka, Alessandro Del Piero, Xabi Alonso, and Lukas Podolsk
A progression from Official Match Balls of the past, a brand new panel design features a metallic print execution and texture graphic effect, engineered to provide performance and durability both in the stadium and on the street. Sustainability has been a key focus of the Telstar 18, with elements including re-cycled backing material and packaging.
The Telstar 18 features an embedded NFC chip – the first time it’s ever been used in an Official Match Ball – making it the most innovative World Cup ball to date. The chip enables consumers to interact with the ball using a Smartphone. Upon interaction, each ball generates a unique identifier, unlocking exclusive content and information for the user. The personalized and location-aware experience displays specific details of each ball and provides access to challenges which users can enter in the run-up to the World Cup.
ROLAND ROMMLER, Category Director Soccer Hardware, said: “The original Telstar is one of the most iconic soccer balls of all time and one which changed soccer design forever, so developing the Telstar 18 while staying true to the original model was a really exciting challenge for us. 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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