Leonardo Bonucci and Gianluigi Buffon of Italy celebrate victory and progress to the quarterfinals during the Euro 2012 group C match between Italy and Ireland
Football designs today change for every tournament and every league - a need that is usually driven bycommerce. It's back to the drawing board every time so that it has now come to the ridiculous stage where terrible footballs with unnecessary innovations spoil games with their uneven flight…but that's another story. This is the undisputed classic of football design. The official match ball of the 1978 FIFA World Cup in Argentina. It introduced a new design which would be used for the next twenty years including the Olympics and European Cups. For the following five FIFA World Cup tournaments, the Match Ball design was based on this design. It was the most expensive ball in history, at the time, with a $76.80 price tag. Twenty identical panels with ‘triads’ created the impression of 12 circles.