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England May Be The Home Of Football, But The Balls Kicked Around 'Belong To Pakistan'

Most of us might think that the best brands in the world that produce footballs are in highly industrialized cities or countries, but the truth is that almost two-third of the world's footballs are manufactured in Pakistan. A more amazing fact is that, almost 40 percent of them are made in one city, and that city is called Sialkot.

Today, more than a hundred firms produce footballs in the city of Sialkot. And the reason is because it is more beneficial for companies like Adidas and Puma to source their supply of football in countries like Pakistan. But the question is, how could a small city with almost 2 million population ended up as the world largest supplier of footballs?. The answer goes back to the time Pakistan was a British colony in the late nineteenth century.

The story goes that the Britons used to play football with balls shipped to Pakistan through the sea. One day, a British sergeant got bored of waiting for new balls to arrive, and asked a Sialkoti to repair his punctured ball. When the Sialkoti repaired the ball, the British sergeant was so pleased with the results that he ordered the Sialkoti to make brand new balls, and the rest is history.

During the past few decades, balls produced by Sialkot firms were used in the biggest football event in the world. Tango Ball in 1982 World Cup, Brazuca in 2014 World Cup, and lastly, Telstar 18 which was used in the 2018 World Cup. Today, big companies like Adidas, Nike, Puma, Umbro and many other brands are sourcing their supply of footballs from this Pakistani city. But Sialkot faces tough competition from China and countries in Eastern Asia. England may be the home of football, but footballs belong to Pakistan. This may seem to be funny, but this is an amazing football fact.

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