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'Golden ball' for World Cup final
German soccer legend Franz Beckenbauer unveils World Cup 2006 "golden ball"
The official name for the ball made by Adidas is Teamgeist Berlin
The two teams playing in the World Cup final in Germany on 9 July will use a specially produced "golden ball".

A giant model of the football, with six of the 14 panels coloured gold, was unveiled in Berlin by the head of the World Cup organising committee.

German football legend Franz Beckenbauer said it was a great idea to create a special ball for the match.

The ball for the other 63 games will be black and white for the first time since the 1994 tournament.

For the French World Cup of 1998, Adidas produced a tricolour ball in the national colours and the Korea-Japan tournament of 2002 featured gold and red in its design.

The ball for the final is called Teamgeist Berlin while the black and white ball - the traditional colours of hosts Germany - has been branded Teamgeist (team spirit).

For each match, there will be sets of 15 balls, each bearing the date, the venue, the kick-off time and the names of the teams.

All the balls will be made in Thailand except the 15 for the final, which will be from Germany.




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