Evolution of the World Cup Soccer Ball

So the World Cup starts in a week and controversy over the ball aside, The New York Times examines the evolution of the soccer ball throughout World Cup history. 

Take a bow Mexico in 1970.  FIFA wanted a design visible for a television audience and Adidas complied with the first modern soccer ball.  I never realized that they designed, what is, the iconic representation of a soccer ball.  That ball is, what I, and probably lots of people like me, think of when someone says “think of an image of a soccer ball.”  So they have that going for them. 

Also?: Penguins playing soccer!  I repeat, penguins dressed in soccer uniforms kicking a ball around.  Too cute.

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