Jun 25, 2014, 10:50 AM EDT
I’m not sure how I’m supposed to lead you into reading this New York Times post on the history of the World Cup ball other than commanding you to do so.
The post is quite simply a brilliant telling of the history, from the first ever World Cup final’s use of a ball for each half all the way up to the Brazuca.
Plus I love this quote on the early history of heading:
The heavy leather laces of early balls made headers potentially painful, and relatively rare. A later innovation in valve design eliminated the laces. The new balls were much easier to head, and they held their shape better.
- MLS Snapshot: Real Salt Lake 2-1 Toronto FC 2
- EURO 2016 qualifying roundup: Germany back on track; Portugal beat Serbia, go top 0
- Report: Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner set to sell team to UK group 0
- MLS roundup: Whitecaps, D.C. United win late ones; FCD, Sounders in disappointing draw 1
- MLS Snapshot: FC Dallas 0-0 Seattle Sounders 0
- MLS Snapshot: Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 Portland Timbers 2