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Monday, November 30, 2009

Fifa World Cup match balls through time

FIFA President Sepp Blatter, left, holds the ball used in the 1930 Football World Cup with Gordon Brown who holds the 1966 Football World Cup ball

The 1930 World Cup final was played between the hosts, Uruguay, and Argentina. Due to a dispute, a different ball was used in each half, one chosen by each team. Argentina's ball was used for the first half...
and Uruguay's ball was used for the second half

Allen, the official match ball of the 1938 FIFA World Cup in France
The Super Duplo T, the official match ball of the 1950 FIFA World Cup in Brazil
Zizinho of Brazil controlling the ball during the 1950 World Cup match between Brazil and Yugoslavia
The official match ball of the 1954 FIFA World Cup in Switzerland
The official match ball of the 1958 FIFA World Cup in Sweden
Crack, the official match ball of the 1962 FIFA World Cup in Chile
The Special Edition Slazenger match ball of the 1966 FIFA World Cup final between England and Germany in England
Alan Ball under pressure from Karl-Heinz Schnellinger during the 1966 Word Cup final between England and West Germany
Adidas Telstar, the official match ball of the 1970 FIFA World Cup in Mexico. The ball was painted with black and white panels so it was more visible on black and white television
The ball remained the same for the 1974 FIFA World Cup in Germany. The name Telstar is actually short for television star
Dutch forward Johan Cruyff controls the ball under pressure from a West German player during the 1974 World Cup final
Adidas Tango Durlast, the official match ball of the 1978 FIFA World Cup in Argentina. The design was used for the next twenty years. At the time it was the most expensive ball in history at £50
Adidas Tango Espana, the official match ball of the 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain. The ball boasted improved water resistant qualities and was the last genuine leather ball to be used in the World Cup
Paolo Rossi of Italy shields the ball from Junior of Brazil during the 1982 World Cup match between Brazil and Italy
Adidas Azteca, the official match ball for the 1986 World Cup in Mexico was the first fully synthetic World Cup ball. The design was inspired by Mexico's native Aztec architecture and murals
Maradona of Argentina scores against England during the 1986 World Cup quarter-final
Adidas Etrusco Unico, the official match ball of the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. The name and intricate design took their inspiration from Italy's ancient history and the fine art of the Etruscans
John Barnes in action during the 1990 World Cup match against Ireland in Cagliari in Italy
Adidas Questra, the official match ball of the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the USA. The ball was popular with strikers as it was made for speed and control however goalkeepers complained of the ball's unpredictability
Adidas Tricolore, the official match ball of the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France. The design of blue triads decorated with cockerel motifs represented the colours of the French flag. It was the first ball to use colour in its design
Steven Gerrard, left, and David Beckham present the Adidas Fevernova, the official match ball of the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea and Japan. The heavily criticised ball was the first to part from the traditional adidas tango design since 1978
David Beckham places the ball prior to taking a penalty for England against Argentina during their group F match at the 2002 World Cup finals
Zinedine Zidane presents the Adidas Teamgeist, the official match ball of the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Designers claimed the ball was the roundest ever
Wayne Rooney clashed with Cristiano Ronaldo during the World Cup 2006 semi-final between England and Portugal. The challenge earnt Rooney a red card
A special edition gold Adidas Teamgeist was created for the 2006 FIFA World Cup final between Italy and France

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