Since the 1970 FIFA World Cup in Mexico, adidas has made the official match balls for the biggest football tournament in the world. The German brand decided to call the first ball 'Telstar'. The name of the original came from its position as the 'star of television'.
The Telstar was the first ball to be decorated with black panels, and the pattern was designed to stand out on black and white televisions, and changed football design forever. From then on followed 'Telstar Durlast' in West Germany 1974, 'Tango Durlast' in Argentina 1978, 'Tango Espana' in Spain 1982, 'Azteca' in Mexico 1986, 'Etrusco' in Italy 1990, 'Questra' in USA 1994, 'Tricolore' in France 1998, 'Fevernova' in Korea and Japan 2002, 'Teamgeist' in Germany 2006, 'Jabulani' in South Africa 2010, and 'Brazuca' in Brazil 2014. In 2018, the Telstar returns as the 'Telstar 18' - the Official Match for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
The Telstar 18 has a brand new carcass that retains the best of the Brazuca, while building in new technology to maximise performance. We've before experienced some World Cup balls giving the goalkeepers out there a lot of trouble, especially the Jabulani. But the Telstar 18 went through extensive testing to ensure it suits the needs of the best players in the world. Some of the leading national and club sides have even been involved in the testing process including; Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Manchester United, Juventus, Real Madrid and Ajax.