Ball can’t be separated from football. In fact, it becomes the most important element because without a ball, you can’t play football. In professional football, a ball has to be made in detail along with premium materials. Everything has to be calculated well to create a perfect ball. Such kind of ball is used for big football events including FIFA World Cup. Just check the list of balls below which used in FIFA World Cup. It looks similar but when you know the detail, you will see that those balls are different and even different than ordinary football balls.
This ball was made by Adidas and the name taken from the slang word of Brazilian. One of the uniqueness is on the design. Brazuca is designed along with six panels only. It is not only for the stylish design but also for its better performance. A six panels ball will have better grip, touch, stability, and aerodynamic. Interestingly, this historical ball has been tested by 600 footballers to see the overall performance. Brazuca is also interesting with its bright colors. It is stated that the design and color symbolized the vibrancy and fun of football in the South American. Brazuca looks different than any other FIFA World Cup’s balls.
This ball was used in FIFA World Cup 1970 in Mexico. Telstar is also made by famous sport items manufacturer, Adidas. It is an iconic football ball in which it has 32 separated panels. The function of those panels is to get perfect roundest sphere ball. The pentagonal shape of the panel becomes the next interesting design made by Adidas when they introduce Telstar. You will see 12 black pentagonal panels applied on this ball. The black and white design is made with specific reason. Black and white ball is easy to see on black and white television. This is concerning to the fact that, FIFA World Cup Mexico was the first FIFA which had been televised. The black panels are also useful for the players to see the ball clearly especially when the ball is on the air. The best part is that the design of Telstar becomes the common football ball design until today.
The Telstar Durlast
Adidas was improving the latest Telstar ball for the 1974 FIFA World Cup in Germany. There are several improvements made to make this ball more comfortable, long lasting, and interesting to see. For example, Adidas changed the gold branding on football ball with black branding. Moreover, polyurethane coat was used to protect the ball. By using this material, the ball is waterproof and it is safe enough to use it on rainy days or wet football fields. It is also reduce the risks of scuff or tears.
To make it sounds like Argentina, Adidas was taken a word “Tango” for the next FIFA World Cup ball. The Tango was used on 1978 FIFA World Cup in Argentina. In this ball, Adidas is trying to show their new design and creativity. It can be seen on the new design called tirads. It is a printed design of interconnected curved edge triangles. This new design is also inspired by Argentina. Adidas wants to use the spirit of deep passion, emotion, and elegance of Argentina. The manufacturer keeps the black and white color combination for this ball.
The Tango Espana
Tango Espana is the improvement of the previous version used in Argentina. In fact, it becomes the first ball which made of two different materials. Those materials are real leather and synthetic material. The Tango Espana also has 32 panels and those are hand sewn. Still, this ball is using the curved triangles and it is printed on every hexagon. The design is a little bit complicated than Tango but the result is that you can see 12 identical circles on Tango Espana. This ball was used in 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain.
The design is a new model along with synthetic material as the main material. It doesn’t lose the strength and the waterproof although it is designed with a new model. The interesting fact is that the Azteca is hand sewn ball and it becomes the first hand sewn synthetic material. Just guess the inspiration of Azteca. Yes, the name Azteca is inspired from great ancient architecture and murals, Aztec. The Azteca was used in Mexico in 1986 FIFA World Cup.
This historical ball is also using “triads” method just like the previous version. The eye catching part is on the Etruscan lion applied on the ball. To keep its quality and performance, the Etrusco is made of synthetic fiber layers and latex. With such kind of combination, this ball has great stability and resistance. You can trace your memory back on 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy if you want to know the design of Etrusco ball.
The name is inspired from the space technology, a high velocity rocket. Adidas was done the process in Adidas Center in France. Then, it was tested in three different countries, France, Germany, and USA. To know the real result and its performance, the tested was done by professional players, amateur, and youth football teams. In this ball, Adidas applied polystyrene foam for the layer. This material gives significant impact to the ball especially on its acceleration. It felt softer and it triggers better ball control. The Questra was used in 1994 FIFA World Cup in USA.
To reduce the domination of black and white color, the Tricolore was designed differently. Just like the name of the ball, it was used three different colors, red, white and blue. Those three colors were inspired from the host nation, France. This ball was made with the spirit of high speed train and turbine in France. The material was the combination between synthetic material and synthetic foam. The foam maintains the energy of the ball when it was kicked. The Tricolore was a historical ball in 1998 FIFA World Cup. This ball brought France as the host nation won this football competition.
The explanation above shows that each ball especially ball which will be used in great event is made professionally along with deeper symbolization. So, which one of your favorite FIFA World Cup ball?