Adidas just released a new World Cup ball for the knockout stages of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The new ball is called the Telstar Mechta and features plenty of red.
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Mechta translates in Russian as “dreams” and “ambitions,” and the red color on the ball is meant to represent the intensity of the latter stages of the World Cup.
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Along with the ball, Adidas released a pair of limited-edition Predator Telstar cleats as well as Telstar shin pads and goalkeeper gloves. These guys went all out for designs based on a ball that is only being used for just over two weeks.
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What do you all think of this new World Cup ball design? Do you think Adidas should have kept the Telstar ball for the entirety of the tournament?