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Teqball: The Hungarian, Football-Ping Pong Hybrid Sweeping the World Cup

Fanni Kaszás 2018.06.15.

Teqball, a new football-based sport invented by Hungarians, has made it to the Football World Cup in Russia, as the Brazilian team, who are using the game as part of their training regime, have brought it to the tournament with them.  

This is not the first time the Hungarian invention, developed by two Hungarian football fanatics, former professional player Gábor Borsányi and computer scientist Viktor Huszár, has received international recognition. Last week, Prince Albert II of Monaco tried the game in his palace: together with Teqball ambassador William Gallas, who plays for both the French national team and Chelsea, the His Serene Highness played against the Hungarian inventors.

Nor was he the only famous individual connect with the new game: in 2016, Brazilian superstar footballer (and former Teqball ambassador) Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, better known as Ronaldinho, arrived in Hungary to popularize the sport and film a commercial for the Hungarian company.

Below, you can watch a previous “All-Star” event in Monaco, where brand ambassadors Luís Figo and Simão Sabrosa played against William Gallas and Christian Karembeu:

Teqball, the name for both the multifunctional sport equipment and the new, football-based sport played on it, looks like a curved ping-pong table at first sight; however, it can be used in much more ways than one may think. According to the game’s official website, it is a training tool for both professionals and amateurs to develop their technical, concentration skills, and stamina. For this reason, several professional clubs have already incorporated the use of teqball into their workout regimes, as well as three national football federations: the Brazilian, Croatian and of course the Hungarian.

Below, you can watch Neymar, Dani Alves, Philippe Coutinho and Gabriel Jesus take time out of Brazil national team training with a game of Teqball:

And be sure to check out our article on the best places to watch the World Cup in Budapest – some of the places even have Teqball, so you can try it out for yourself as well.

via teqball.com, index.hu

featured image: Hannah Mckay / Reuters