Pre-Adidas World Cup match ball
FIFA World Cup 1950 Brazil
About this Ball
As we saw in the first three World Cups, all the balls used in the tournaments had laces and had to be inflated by skilled men. The sphericity of these balls depended on the expertise of these people but even when they inflated the balls, they could never be perfectly round due to their construction. Another disadvantage of these balls with laces were the injuries to the players caused by headers. So it was only a question of time before the classic footballs with laces evolved.
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