Maybe some football fans remember: 50 years ago, footballs weren’t yet a high-tech plastic product measured by laser and tested in wind tunnels. In those days there were myths about the miracle of Bern and the Wembley goal, where the same player always stood in focus: the good old leather ball. Sonnenleder, the leather specialist from Lake Constance in Germany, has now rereleased the original eighteen-panel leather ball as it was last seen at the 1966 Football World Cup in England.
18 strips made of vegetable tanned and tumbled cowhide leather from Allgäu are handstitched for it. Its outer shell is neither pressed, painted nor boosted with plastic. This leather artwork isn’t intended just for the trophy case.
It has the feeling of a ball that could make footballers start dreaming.The ball was awarded the ‘Design Plus 2005’.