Iranian Football


We've managed to get hold of a very limited number of the most ubiquitous football sold in most corner shops across Iran - toop pelasiki. 

Particularly popular in the 1980s, you'd see kids across Iran playing football games on the street with these plastic balls. 

For the authentic 1980s Iran experience, buy two - because the plastic balls used to pop easily (or fly for miles if kicked too hard), kids worked round this by buying two balls, and sacrificing one by using it as a layer of protection. They'd cut an incision in one ball, and then squeeze the other inside. These would then be called 'toop do-layeh' - which means 'two-layered ball'. 

A little bit of Iran - particularly nostalgic for those who remember them from our childhood!