Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Why it was Black and White?

For the first time, Adidas was officially appointed by FIFA to produce the balls for Mexico 1970. Adi Dassler also made up the name for the ball from the combination of two words: Television and Star (TEL-STAR), because at Mexico there would be the first live TV broadcast to Europe, South America and other countries. It had to be visible on the black and white television screens of the time, so Telstar was formed by 12 black pentagons panels and 20 white hexagons. It was the roundest ball that had been produced until then.

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