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adidas World Cup 2018 Official Match Soccer Ball -- $69.88 - 10% with newsletter sub - 2.5% GBR

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[Sport Chek] adidas World Cup 2018 Official Match Soccer Ball -- $69.88 - 10% with newsletter sub - 2.5% GBR

Good deal on match quality soccer ball. Official ball of the World Cup 2018 in Russia. [...]

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I have similar official ball, quality is great!
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Good deal on a match quality ball. Thanks!
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I started collecting them a couple world cups ago. This is a great price. They tend to skyrocket in value when each subsequent WC is held.
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Evendesiredusernameistaken wrote: I started collecting them a couple world cups ago. This is a great price. They tend to skyrocket in value when each subsequent WC is held.
Interesting tid bit for those who care to know a little bit history:

I do the same, and collect Fifa balls.

I was able to get them directly from Pakistan where they are designed and manufactured in the city of Sialkot commissioned by Adidas.

40% of the world's soccer balls are produced in that city, the entire city of 2 million thrives on just making balls and sports equipment since 1989.

Fifa introduced rules preventing hand stitched balls in the 2000s and the city was reluctant to adapt (5 of the 37 factories eventually accommodated the request and raised capital to afford the equipment), mostly because it was cheaper up front to have people involved in the manufacturing. Today they have fully adopted the new technology for making soccer balls and continue to be the primary producer of official match balls for soccer competitions globally, for the last 32 years, including all FIFA competitions such as the last FIFA 2018 cup.

You can still order hand stitched versions of these balls for the same money online and support the villagers making them.

The city has now additionally started making UFC equipment and gear, since 2013 making it the largest maker of UFC gear to date.

So why Pakistan and this random city within it?

There isn't a magical story, except that Pakistan was the 2nd largest textile producer after China, and the British commission this textile producing village to hand stitch balls for local sports teams given the nation was a common wealth nation with ties to the British rule and Industrialists. They were able to get custom made balls all hand stitched with very experienced cheap labour. But the ball industry was quite small, and with very custom orders without any industrialization.

How it exploded?

Adidas became the official and sole provider of these balls in 1970, and introduced the first 32 panel ball. At that point they were sourced from various vendors (in Mexico) based on tenders with evolving criteria. Then 16 years later they came out with the first polyurethane waterproof call, so before then all balls would soak up water and tremendously affect the game. Then 3 years after that in 1989 it noticed the much cheaper, much more experienced sports textile market in the city of Sialkot and began negotiations for custom hand stitched 100% artificially sourced material soccer balls. It started with 2 factories, which couldn't keep up, soon the demand was so high after the world cups took place, entire families were stitching balls in the village. The defective balls would be sold in the local markets in Asia or the black market as Adidas had strict control over the sale of its licensed merchandise.

Here is a link to see the evolution of the FIFA soccer ball just through pictures.
http://football-balls.com/balls/world-cup

So though the ball you are buying today isn't made by the blood or sweat of a human being completely (equipment does need workers to operate), you are contributing to a fascinating history of one of the greatest sports ever!

Buy buy buy.
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No gift cards on hand from being 15% off so I can`t pull the trigger... Unless that is coming up again for sale soon lol
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This is one of the best footballs ever made for a World Cup. The Jabulani is still one of my favourites though, as wild as it was! Any kid can be Roberto Carlos taking free kicks with that ball.

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me_too_lazy wrote: What is the regular price on this ball?
These typically go for $200 retail or whereabouts
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In for 1, thanks OP, always wanted this.
...and whoever downvoted this excellent deal is an uninformed loser.
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SizzleChest wrote: I think that's the new normal for anything on clearance from Sport Chek.
Yep, and that doesn't change that it's a hot deal. Just wanted to point it out though, for the "Buy Now, Think Later" crowd.
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zdpz wrote: You can still order hand stitched versions of these balls for the same money online and support the villagers making them.
Interesting. Do you have a link?
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Upvoted. If you're a collector, it'll be worth a lot of money after 20 years or so.
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My mom put my Teamgeist, Brazuca and Jabulani on Kijiji and some jackass bought them within 30 mins for $30.

Still think about my Teamgeist and moved all my childhood stuff to my place.

Marie Kondo gave me PTSD.
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zdpz wrote: Interesting tid bit for those who care to know a little bit history:

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Super interesting. Thanks for sharing.
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Being Brazilian and a big soccer fan, always wanted to own an official world cup ball, but the prices were always insane in my home country. Crazy to think about how affordable this can get here. Got one, thanks OP!

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