A world cup has a great value, so much so that you have to wait four years to enjoy it. One of the great expectations (in addition to knowing the venue and the guests) is to know the image of the protagonist of the event: the ball.
Lukas Urbicht and Moritz Rose (LUMO723), are two friends who love sneakers and sports, primarily soccer; that hobby has given them an important knowledge and background when it comes to design.
For this reason, they have been given the task of selecting for KRIMY their TOP 10 of the best-designed balls used in the FIFA world cups.
This is your selection:
10. Azteca (Mexico 1986)
Champion: Argentina (3-2 vs West Germany); Azteca Stadium, Mexico City, Mexico; June 29, 1986.
We start our list with a nice variation on the timeless adidas Tango Ball. It was the first time that a ball included a design inspired by the host nation, very interesting elements of Aztec architecture and Mexican murals.
9. Etrusco Unico (Italy 1990)
Champion: West Germany (1-0 vs Argentina); Olympic Stadium, Rome, Italy; July 8, 1990.
Once again, a beautiful variation on the timeless adidas Tango Ball. The design of the ball is based on the art of the Etruscans, a people who lived in the country in ancient times and are part of the long history of Italy. We love the ornaments and the lion – nice design!
8. Brazuca (Brazil 2014)
Champion: Germany (1-0 vs Argentina); Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; July 13, 2014.
The design of the ball gives us a pleasant samba feeling, ideal for Brazil, the venue of the tournament. And the fact that it was used during Germany’s victory in the world cup gives it some extra points.
7. Adidas Telstar 18 (Russia 2018)
Champion: France (4-2 vs Croatia); Loujniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia; July 15, 2018.
The pixelated design is very reminiscent of the original Telstar 1970 Ball and we love its timeless design. But, unfortunately, the design does not have a close relationship with the host nation Russia.
6. Teamgeist (Germany 2006)
Champion: Italy (1-1; 6-5 on penalties vs France); Olympic Stadium, Berlin, Germany; July 9, 2006
This ball is very special for us. The Teamgeist was the official ball of the 2006 World Cup placed in our country, Germany. It had a very futuristic and minimalist look and we love minimalism.
5. Jabulani (South Africa 2010)
Champion: Spain (1-0 vs Netherlands); Soccer City Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa; July 11, 2010.
We believe that the design of the ball is very well suited to the host of the World Cup, South Africa. With a nice play of colors and nice design elements, like a zigzack pattern, this ball has a unique look. Great design in our eyes.
4. Tango Durlast (Argentina 1978)
Champion: Argentina (3-1 vs Netherlands); Antonio Vespucio Liberti Stadium, Buenos Aires, Argentina, June 25, 1978.
The Tango is more or less the first ball with design. The triads create an optical impression of 12 identical circles. Some variations of this ball even inspired the design of the next five World Cup tournament balls.
3. Tricolore (France 1998)
Champion: France (3-0 vs Brazil); Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France; July 12, 1998.
This is the first multicolored ball of the World Cup and it was the first ball to separate from the traditional black and white combo that had been used up to that point. France’s national colors blue, white and red and the small adidas logo are very well integrated into this design.
2. Telstar (Mexico 70)
Champion: Brazil (4-1 vs Italy); Azteca Stadium, Mexico City, Mexico; June 21, 1970.
This was the first real official ball of the World Cup, the most recognized soccer ball design in the world. And to this day, design remains the archetype of football. The gold lettering made this one even more special.
Fun fact: The design was used to make the ball easier to see on black and white television screens. This could easily be our number one, but there is another design.
1. Fevernova (Korea-Japan 2002)
Champion: Brazil (2-0 vs Germany); International Stadium, Yokohama, Japan; June 30, 2002.
Our number 1! For the first time, the design of the match ball completely broke with all the traditional designs that had existed up to that point. We love the fact that Asian culture inspired the design of a very revolutionary colorful look. This ball marks the beginning of the modern era of soccer. This ball still gives us special memories and goosebumps!
The Qatar 2022 World Cup is one year away from the start, and it will be in the coming months that we will know the ball that will roll on the Arab courts
Could it be that it unseat any of the balls in this list?