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The greatest show on earth is about to kick off once again.

World Cup 2018 in Russia will feature 32 teams, competing in 64 games, at 12 stadiums across 11 cities.


World Cup: The tournament ball through the yearsFollowing the opening ceremony at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, tournament hosts Russia play Saudi Arabia in the first match. The action begins on Thursday June 14th and continues for a mouth-watering 32 days.

The festival of football concludes with the final at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday July 15th.

Now you’re in the mood, let’s have a historical look at all the official World Cup balls from the inaugural 1930 tournament in Uruguay right up to the present day.

Russia 2018

Russia 2018 - Telstar 18 and Telstar Mechta

Russia 2018 – Telstar 18 (left) and Telstar Mechta

Brazil 2014

Brazil 2014 - Brazuca

Brazil 2014 – Brazuca

South Africa 2010

South Africa 2010 - Jabulani

South Africa 2010 – Jabulani

Germany 2006

Germany 2006 - Teamgeist

Germany 2006 – Teamgeist

Japan and South Korea 2002

Japan and South Korea 2002 - Fevernova

Japan and South Korea 2002 – Fevernova

France 1998

France 1998 - Tricolore

France 1998 – Tricolore

USA 1994

USA 1994 - Questra

USA 1994 – Questra

Italy 1990

Italy 1990 - Etrusca

Italy 1990 – Etrusca

Mexico 1986

Mexico 1986 - Azteca

Mexico 1986 – Azteca

Spain 1982

Spain 1982 - Tango Espana

Spain 1982 – Tango Espana

Argentina 1978

Argentina 1978 - Tango

Argentina 1978 – Tango

West Germany 1974

Germany 1974 - Telstar

Germany 1974 – Telstar Durlast

Mexico 1970

Mexico 1970 - Telstar

Mexico 1970 – Telstar

England 1966

England 1966 - Challenge 4 Star

England 1966 – Challenge 4 Star

Chile 1962

Chile 1962 - Crack

Chile 1962 – Crack

Sweden 1958

Sweden 1958 - Top Star

Sweden 1958 – Top Star

Switzerland 1954

Switzerland 1954 - Swiss World Champion

Switzerland 1954 – Swiss World Champion

Brazil 1950

Brazil 1950 - Duplo T

Brazil 1950 – Duplo T

France 1938

France 1938 - Allen

France 1938 – Allen

Italy 1934

Italy 1934 - Federdale 102

Italy 1934 – Federdale 102

Uruguay 1930

Uruguay 1930 - Tiento and T-Model

Uruguay 1930 – Tiento (left) and T-Model

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