Friends…FIFA World Cup 2018 is finally here. It’s only a few days away. But before there’s a trophy, there’s a dream and a ball. Just recall the Tim Cahill or the Robin Van Persie moment or the last minute Mario Gotze like cup winning goal from the last World Cup in Brazil. It’s all going to be re-written in Russia by a brand new official match ball named ADIDAS Telstar 18.
The Telstar 18 is being made by Adidas, a FIFA partner, and an official match ball supplier since World Cup 1970. It pays homage to the iconic Telstar match ball first used by Adidas in World Cup 1970, Mexico. The new ball name and the design were revealed by Argentine superstar Lionel Messi on 9 November 2017 at an official presentation in Moscow.
The modern ADIDAS Telstar 18 is ready with its futuristic technology. Adidas is always good at giving us the next level of technology with its match balls. The match balls have changed a lot over time, getting lighter and more hi-tech in design. Designed to be a modern interpretation of the iconic 1970 Telstar ball, the ball only has six textured panels seamlessly glued in an innovative design whereas the original Telstar had 32 panels fastened together. This innovative design will assist players with the desired ball flight and a consistent feel on the ball. It has a very soft and natural feel on the foot. The texture on the ball aids in a non- stop grip application on the cleats allowing for a true and consistent touch in all weather conditions. The textured design also aids players with an extra grip while manipulating the ball in the air. Adidas has added an extra feature with a chip embedded in the ball known as a Near Field Communication tag or an NFC. This chip does not help the players by any means but allows consumers who purchase an ADIDAS Telstar 18 ball to connect their smartphone with the chip and to access content and information which is unique to the ball. We will be amazed to know that these hi-tech match balls have been manufactured in one of our neighboring countries. Yes, you guessed it right. It has been produced in Sialkot, Pakistan.
Adidas has always excelled with their official match balls in the past and will continue to do so in the future. So what do you guys think of the ADIDAS Telstar 18? If you have any queries, feel free to leave them in the comments section below.