Official World Cup Soccer Ball 1970
The above picture was provided by Sebastiano Calì from Italy. Thanks!
The above Telstar ball (that was made in France) picture was provided by Jacques Barralon
The Adidas Telstar was named after the Telstar satellite. The ball was completely made of leather like all other balls in its time; however, unlike any other ball, it featured 32 hand-stitched panels (12 black pentagons and 20 white hexagons). This created the roundest sphere of its time.
The revolutionary design of Telstar re-wrote soccer ball history: it was the first white football ever to be decorated with black pentagons. Mexico 1970 was the first live televised FIFA World Cup and the revolutionary design of Telstar. The name derives from “Star of Television” which made the ball far more visible on black and white television. Until this day, the Adidas Telstar remains the common design type of all generic soccer balls.
Only 20 Telstars (without graphics) were provided for the 1970 World Cup
The above picture was supplied by Soccer Ball World visitor Francisco Aquino Ochoa
According to Francisco: "The Telstar balls with NO marks or logos were made EXCLUSIVELY for the matches of the world cup...
This ball was a gift from the organization committee of the world cup to a
radio journalist in Mexico city.
Thank you for the information and picture Francisco!
Here is a picture of a white Santiago ball which was the "unofficial" ball of the 1966 World Cup in England (courtesy of carlos del castillo)
The first Adidas Telstar called ELAST was introduced in the 1968 European Football Championships. Picture provided by Jacques Barralon
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