Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 7°C

Search
Kings of Anglia Issue 9 Magazine Offer

Can you guess these former World Cup footballs?

The Adidas Telstar ball which is the official matchball of the 2018 World Cup. Photo: PA / David Davies

The Adidas Telstar ball which is the official matchball of the 2018 World Cup. Photo: PA / David Davies

PA Wire/PA Images

From the Tango to the Jubulani, how many footballs from World Cup history can you identify correctly?

With Adidas unveiling the Telstar 18 as the official ball for Russia 2018 we take a look back at the footballs used in previous World Cups.

In recent tournaments, the official matchball has come under increased scrutiny.

The football used in 2002 in South Korea and Japan was lighter than those used before and was believed to help the more technical players, with Italy’s goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon labeling it as a “ridiculous kiddie’s bouncing ball.”

And in 2006, Germany goalkeeper Oliver Kahn claimed that the matchball was “built in favour of the strikers.”

But this was nothing compared to the controversy surrounding the football used in 2010. Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar compared it to a “supermarket” ball that favoured strikers and worked against goalkeepers. Italian keeper Gianluigi Buffon said: “The new model is absolutely inadequate and I think it’s shameful letting play such an important competition, where a lot of champions take part, with a ball like this.”

Brazilian striker Robinho said: “For sure the guy who designed this ball never played football. But there is nothing we can do; we have to play with it.”

England’s Joe Hart said the “balls have been doing anything but staying in my gloves” but that might not have been because of the ball...

The reaction to the ball wasn’t completely negative. American striker Clint Dempsey said: “If you just hit it solid, you can get a good knuckle on the ball... you’ve just got to pay a little bit more, you know, attention when you pass the ball sometimes.”

Portugal’s coach Carlos Queiroz said: “We love the ball.” No surprise as his side had just beaten North Korea 7-0 in the second round of the group stage

Firefighters now believe a blaze above a high street shop in Ipswich was started deliberately.

Work to complete the final section of the Cornhill revamp in Ipswich has started with the arrival of the first part of the “Four Gateways” artwork which is going up outside Debenhams.

Fares on Ipswich Buses are going up again at the end of November – for the second time in nine months.

People are being warned of rail delays after police attended to an incident involving ‘disruptive passengers’ on a Greater Anglia service.

Midwives have shared a rare glimpse into the plight of babies born addicted to drugs at our hospitals.

Plans for a new brain injury rehabilitation hub and housing centre in Ipswich have been boosted thanks to some large donations towards the cost of the build.

As the country pulls together for Children in Need, one Ipswich business is raising funds by encouraging employees to bring a few cuddly friends to work.

Free tickets to go and watch the mighty Tractor Boys play at Portman Road are being given to nearby schools.

A nursery in Felixstowe has been put into special measures after it received its second “inadequate” Ofsted inspection this year.

An Ipswich man suffered cuts and bruises and two broken teeth after being attacked by a neighbour, it has been alleged.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Ipswich Star daily newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

MyDate24 MyPhotos24