Adidas presented Telstar 18, the ball that will be used during the Football World Cup 2018 in Russia. Like for the kits designed by the German brand for Russia 2018, the ball has a nostalgic vibe in the design and it’s made with the most advanced technologies. Recent designs, such as the Brazuca for Brazil 2014 and the infamous Jabulani for South Africa 2010 have drawn inspiration from the host countries, but Adidas has chosen to re-imagine a classic design this time, reproducing the first ball made by them for the 1970 World Cup, called Telstar.
The original ‘Telstar’ was designed specifically to stand out on black and white television and was used in 1970 tournaments in Mexico. The design of the new Telstar celebrates the original black and with colorway, with a textured graphics allow for anall-rounded tactile experience that shines with stern minimalism that mirrors the Argentinian kit for the tournament. Details like Adidas and World Cup logos are golden.
Like Brazucca – the official football ball for FIFA World Cup 2014, Telstar 18 is also manufactured in Sialkot, Pakistan by Forward Sports. Forward Sports is a leading Sports equipment manufacturing company, which is associated with Adidas since 1995 and has supplied footballs for many renowned and well known international football events including events from FIFA, UEFA Champions League, and German Bundesliga.
The ball was produced with recycled materials and it has just six panels. All panels are designed in more edgy and corner-ish design that gives it a unique look and feel. They are glued together in a seamless construction and feature a distinct 3-D textured upper for control and grip. Telstar 18 is being sold at a price tag of $165.
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