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July 13, 2014

The evolution of the World Cup ball

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Above, the T-Model used in the first World Cup, in 1930.

Tell you what, you knew you'd headed that ball.

According to a New York Times story describing the evolution of the game ball, "Early soccer balls were hand-sewn and made of leather. They were never perfectly round, and inflating them required some skill. The laces had to be undone before an interior air bladder was filled and tied with a thread; then the laces were retied."

Below,

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this year's ball, to be deployed for the final time in this afternoon's championship game in MaracanĂ£ Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, where Argentina faces Germany for all the marbles.

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