Adidas splashed out millions of pounds to create Telstar 18, and its main objective, was to ‘create’ one of the best equipment ever put to use in the modern game.
It is expected to help checkmate dip and swerve from player’s shots during the mundial. According to a UK Sun report, Adidas, the renowned sports kits manufacturers’ at BOFFINS are eager to stop the like of Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Argentina’s Lionel Messi, Brazil’s Neymar among others free-kick specialists from not taking advantage of shot-stoppers during the global football showpiece.
The kits manufactures’ revealed what the final test Telstar 18 passed through. “And it was also put through its paces by a robot-boot kicking machine at adidas’ German HQ which hammered shots at 90mph.
“The Hawk-Eye technology used in cricket and tennis was also employed to make sure the ball performed consistently every kick,” the report concluded.
In addition, the Telstar 18 was designed after the previous ball that was used 48 years ago, during the 1970 World Cup finals in Mexico. Interestingly, aside from having special features, the official match ball was tested severally at Loughborough University to ensure that any defect discovered was properly addressed.