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Pakistan to officially supply Telstar 18 for FIFA World Cup 2018

Pakistan is not one of the teams to qualify for the FIFA World Cup 2018 being held in Russia but the Telstar 18 – the official football of this year’s World Cup is being made in Sialkot, a city in Punjab region of Pakistan. This way Pakistan has somehow been able to make a notable contribution in the global mega sports event. 

Reviews on the subject are, “The ball being used at the Football World Cup 2018 are prepared in Sialkot City”.

“Our workers are engrossed day and night in making footballs for the World Cup 2018 which shows their commitment, delight and dedication.”

“For the mega football event being held in Moscow; Sialkot has received many orders. We are making approximately 7-10,000 footballs each day. This has also contributed towards increased employment opportunities in the city.”

Pakistan had supplied hand-made football for almost all the World Cups since 1990s till year 2010. Pakistan was first selected for making  footballs for the World Cup in the year 1982. Forward Sports, a company in Sialkot was the official football supplier of 2014 FIFA World Cup held in Brazil. In addition to this, Pakistan is also previledged for making footballs for the German Bundesliga, France Ligue 1, and the Champions League a couple of times. 

The Telstar 2018 is distinguished for comprising an embedded NFC chip that makes it the most technologically advance World Cup sports ball till date. Conventionally, Pakistani footballs were meticulously hand-stitched, but the process altered in year 2013 when a shift was made to thermo bonded balls, whose panels are fastened together through a heating process instead of stitching. 

  • Football
  • FIFA
  • FIFA World Cup 2018
  • Sialkot
  • Pakistan