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Adidas Telstar 18 World Cup Ball Leaked

The Adidas ball for the 2018 World Cup in Russia has been leaked, via OBIG. Dubbed the Adidas Telstar 18, the soccer ball is set to be released later this year, possibly at the final tournament draw which is scheduled for December 1.

After the last few Adidas tournament balls introduced names that derived from local themes and languages, Adidas looks to its back catalog for the 2018 World Cup ball, which is named after the original Adidas Telstar used in the late 1960s and 1970s.

Adidas Telstar 18 - World Cup 2018 Ball

This image shows the Adidas Telstar 18, official ball of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup ball, Telstar, has a white base with a set of black-to-grey gradients placed all over its upper, a modern interpretation of the iconic look of the original Telstar with its 32 black and white panels, a picture that has become synonymous with the sport itself.

All logos, including Adidas', the FIFA World Cup 2018 logo and the Telstar name on the 2018 World Cup ball are golden.

For the first time in years, the Adidas Telstar 2018 World Cup soccer ball introduces a brand-new panel shape, which has been extensively tested at various FIFA tournaments, with the U-20 World Cup in South Korea being the most recent example.

Like its predecessor, the Adidas Telstar 18 football has just six panels, with a very elaborate and novel shape. They are glued together in a seamless construction and feature a distinct 3-D textured upper for control and grip.

Do you like the FIFA World Cup 2018 ball? Share your thoughts on the Adidas Telstar 18 in the comments below, and check out the World Cup Kit Overview for all things jerseys as well.