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Soccer loves to redesign the ball

Updated: January 5, 2010, 4:14 PM ET
By Paul Lukas

Have you seen the new soccer ball for next year's World Cup? It's called "Jabulani" (isiZulu for "to celebrate"), and it's the latest spin on the classic checked soccer ball design, just like the 2006 ball and all the other World Cup balls from the past 40 years.

The checked design and its assorted variations have become so iconic that it's easy to forget soccer balls used to look very different. World Cup balls over the years have looked like a shrunken head (1930), a round ...

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