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Adidas Telstar 18 will be the official match ball for the 2018 FIFA World Cup

Adidas a FIFA Partner and Sponsor of 2018 FIFA World Cup has revealed the Official Match Ball for the World Cup Finals in Russia. The official ball named Telstar 18 was presented in Moscow on November 9, 2017, in a star-studded event by the man (Lionel Messi) who needs no introduction.

The Telstar 18 is designed in such a way that it pays homage to the official match ball of 1970 World Cup in Mexico which was first ever match ball supplied by Adidas.

Adidas Telstar 18 Official Match Ball
Adidas Telstar 18 for 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
Adidas Telstar 1970
Adidas Telstar 1970 used in 1970 FIFA World Cup Mexico

Details of Adidas Telstar 18

The Adidas Telstar 18 is a smart football and is equipped with a Near-field communication (NFC). The NFC chip will enable the user to interact with the ball using a smart device. One of the important things to note is that the packing material used for the official match ball is made from recycled material keeping the environment and sustainability in mind.

The Name Telstar

The original match ball was named as Telstar after it became popular on Televisions and became ‘Star of Television‘.

How to Buy Adidas Telstar 18

The Telstar 18 will be available for purchase on all the official Adidas stores and official FIFA stores for a price of $39.99 USD. Fans can buy a replica of the Original Adidas Telstar 18.

The Black and White panels

There is an interesting fact about the black and white panels on Footballs, the black and white panels were designed keeping in mind the that people can easily view it on black and white television sets of old time. Since then the classic black and white panel is synonym with football.

The Original Telstar

The Original Telstar changed the design of football forever. The original ball was made up of 32-panel design, with 12 black pentagonal and 20 white hexagonal panels.

Adidas and FIFA

The Adidas and FIFA share a long relationship and the Former has been the official match ball supplier since 1970 for the latter. Adidas is one of the sponsors of all major FIFA events.


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