Bunhill: Sublime for soccer
Sunday 12 June 1994
The 19th-century flavour is compounded by the comparison often made by the city's boosters with 19th-century Manchester - like Sialkot, a city of half a million people, full of thrusting entrepreneurs.
For the past 25 years one of their number, Naeem Javed, owner of the confidently named Sublime group, has been making footballs for Adidas - and was prepared to pay for an eight-year stint by an Adidas production engineer in Sialkot.
As a result, players will not be able to blame the quality of the football for their defeats - and American petrol stations and supermarkets will be flooded by most of the three million balls being produced for the occasion.
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