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Official FIFA World-cup Soccer Balls since 1930 in an Excel Chart [Excel Fun]



The FIFA World-cup 2010 edition is around the corner. Like millions of people around the world, I too am an ardent fan of football. (although, I have played only one game of soccer in which I waited near opponents goal post as I was too lazy to run around. And when my team mates kicked the ball at me, I got confused and kicked it hard, only in the opposite direction. But that is a story for another day)

So, I was looking at the official balls used since 1930 and thought to myself, if they can be visualized in an interactive excel chart, you know, just for fun.

Here is the dynamic chart I could come up with.

Official FIFA worldcup soccer match balls since 1930

The chart shows all the balls – Telstar, Tango, Azteca, Etrvsco, Questra, Tricolore, Fevernova, Teamgeist and latest Jabulani. Use the scroll-bar to scroll thru years 1930 thru 2010. (there was no FIFA world-cup in years 1942 and 1946 due to second world war)

Few things to note:

  • Although I could get the ball images from 1930 (thanks to this site), I couldnot find any solid information on ball names or underlying technology between 1930 – 1966.
  • The chart is a combo chart of line and scatter plots. The smaller balls are part of line chart (so is the maroon color highlight ring).
  • The bigger ball is scatter chart.
  • I have used text boxes (4 of them) to show ball names, detailed descriptions etc. [learn how to use text boxes in charts to create better labels / legends]
  • The scrollbar form control makes the chart interactive [learn how to use scroll bar form control]
  • The chart works in Excel 2007 and above. In 2003, it mysteriously collapsed all balls to bottom left corner.

Download the Official FIFA Worldcup Soccer Balls since 1930 in an Excel Chart

Click here to download the excel file containing this chart. Play with it. [mirror]



Have a good weekend.


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9 Responses to “Official FIFA World-cup Soccer Balls since 1930 in an Excel Chart [Excel Fun]”

  1. Gerald Higgins says:

    Chandoo - with regard to your personal experience of football, this formula may be helpful



  2. dan l says:

    What is this 'soccer' of which you speak? It is rumored that the US has it, but totally unconfirmed.

  3. Rohit1409 says:

    Hi Chandoo,

    M Back again, dashboard looks really good, seeking something similar in line I found something really amazing on the web.. you will also call "Brilliant Work" .. check yourself .. download the excel file and do let me know how your found it..


    Best Regards as Always 🙂


  4. Rohit1409 says:

    No reps Chandoo.. did you get a chanceto see the link I posted above.. awaiting for your comments..

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  6. Duy Tran says:

    Hi Chandoo,

    I'm trying to understand how you could add the balls' photos into the chart.

    Not sure how you did that? I have an Excel 2003.



  7. Chandoo says:

    @Duy... you can add images to any chart series or data points easily. Follow these steps:

    1. First paste the image in your workbook anywhere. Now select the image and press CTRL+C (copy)
    2. Select a data point (or entire series) in your chart
    3. Press CTRL+V and you will get the image instead of a regular dot or bar
    4. Use format series / format point options to change look and feel of the image.

    Learn more about this here: http://chandoo.org/wp/2008/10/28/excel-chart-formatting-tips/

  8. Duy Tran says:

    Thank you for your help Chandoo,

    It's great. Love your website 🙂


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