Quiz! Can you name every World Cup match ball since 1970?

Head coach Vicente del Bosque of Spain heads a ball during a training session, ahead of their 2010 World Cup Stage 2 Round of 16 match against Portugal, at the Green Point Stadium on June 28, 2010 in Cape Town, South Africa.
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You have 10 minutes to name 14 balls six decoys, too.

Remember to tweet your scores @FourFourTwo (opens in new tab), and challenge some friends while you're at it.

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Once upon a time, all footballs used to be orangey brown… and very, very heavy.

Then came Adidas in 1970 with a brand new kind of ball. It was black and white, looked like a satellite and it was an incredible design innovation. Kids would soon draw a football on this design.

It didn't stop there. Over the years, the German manufacturer would re-invent the very sphere used at the World Cup, creating bespoke balls for every tournament to reflect the competition and its new host every time. Everyone remembers their first.

But can you remember what the ball from your first World Cup was called?


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Mark White
Staff Writer

Mark White has been a staff writer on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, writing pieces for both online and the magazine. An encyclopedia of football shirts and boots knowledge – both past and present – Mark has also been to the FA Cup and League Cup finals for FFT and has written pieces for the mag ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career. He once saw Tyrone Mings at a petrol station in Bournemouth but felt far too short to ask for a photo.