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Can you guess these former World Cup footballs?

PUBLISHED: 12:00 08 June 2018

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

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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

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