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Telstar 18 back as official World Cup match ball

The ball was first used in the 1970 World Cup and will make its first appearance since the 1974 tournament in Germany.

The Telstar 18 soccer ball was first used in the 1970 World Cup and will make its first appearance since the 1974 tournament in Germany. Picture: Twitter/@adidasfootball

JOHANNESBURG - The Telstar 18 soccer ball will celebrate its 48th birthday in next year’s World Cup in Russia after it was unveiled as the official match ball on Thursday.

The ball was first used in the 1970 World Cup and will make its first appearance since the 1974 tournament in Germany.

The ball features the latest technology and an innovative NFC chip that enables digital interaction.

Former internationals, Zinedine Zidane, Lucas Podolski, Kaka, Alessandro del Piero and Xabi Alonso posed with the ball.

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