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Last Updated: Tuesday, 11 April 2006, 07:01 GMT 08:01 UK
World Cup winners get golden ball
Geoff Hurst's 1966 World Cup final strike was a contentious decision
The 1966 event was the last World Cup to feature a ball without a logo
The World Cup final will be played using a gold-coloured ball - and the winners will use the same design of ball in all their games for four years.

The Times newspaper has revealed that the winners of the tournament will keep the ball until the next World Cup.

Apart from the final - and for the first time since 1994 - a black and white ball will be used in games.

Adidas designed the Teamgeist ball in black and white because they are the traditional colours of hosts Germany.

A martial arts weapon featured on the design of the ball in the 2002 finals to symbolise the energy of hosts Japan and South Korea.

The 1966 tournament - when England triumphed on home soil - was the last World Cup to feature a football without logos.




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