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The countdown is on. With only 100 days to go to the start of the biggest football event on earth, the FIFA World CupTM in Brazil, I thought it is worth to pause for a second and have a look back at our long and successful history of World Cup balls.

Did you know that adidas started developing high-performance match footballs back in 1963, when most balls were heavy, brown and sometimes even painful to kick?

When FIFA first commissioned adidas to provide the Match Ball for the 1970 FIFA World CupTM in Mexico, the company had become the world’s leading football brand. The adidas Telstar became the first ever official match ball and since then, the brand has presented iconic balls like the Tango, the Azteca, the Tricolore, the Jabulani – and now the Brazuca (Read here why Brazuca has what it takes to be an icon).

Join me on my journey through the history of adidas World Cup balls and meet Brazuca’s ancestors. Dive into our rich heritage and learn about the development in technology and production pioneered by adidas. Each ball tells a different story about the culture of the host nation. Relive your favourite World Cup moments…

World Cup Ball exhibition in the adidas archive

World Cup Ball exhibition in the adidas archive.

World Cup Ball exhibition in the adidas archive.