We wish we could take credit for this beautiful slide show of historical World Cup soccer balls, but alas: all praise must go to The New York Times for this beautiful illustrated history of the evolution of the ball at the center of the world’s most popular sport.

So, as you watch Spain and the Netherlands kicking that controversial, 8-panel “Jabulani” ball at 12:30 p.m. MT on Sunday, remember: there have been stranger ones (hello “Mr. Crack”!).

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2 Responses to A History of World Cup Soccer Balls

  1. adam degraff says:

    Love the Mr. Crack font too! Looks like a weird fish. Fevernova an inspired name. Wonder how they inflated the ball before the inflation valve was invented for the super duplo T?

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