Nothing signals an impending World Cup quite like the release of the official match ball. Designed every 4 years since 1970 to represent the host nation, the match ball is an iconic symbol of the world’s greatest soccer competition. For World Cup 2014, adidas has named the soccer ball ‘Brazuca’ following a public vote in Brazil. The name ‘Brazuca’ is slang meaning anything Brazilian.
The design of the ball is one of the most unique in World Cup history. Aimed at encapsulating the Brazilian passion for the game, the Brazuca uses vibrant colors and stars. The vibrant colors are pulled from the Brazilian flag and World Cup logo colors, while the stars further tie the ball back to the Brazilian flag.
Brazuca Match Ball Technology
As the most advanced World Cup soccer ball ever, Brazuca features new texture, a new panel shape and thermally bonded construction to provide the accurate trajectory, better touch and low water uptake required by the world’s best players. The best of the Tango 12 and UEFA Champions League balls was used to conceive the groundbreaking six-panel design of the Brazuca which improves symmetry, uniformity and efficiency. While the Brazuca will feel very similar to balls the players are used to playing with, the performance will be improved with better grip, touch, stability and aerodynamics during high intensity action on the field.
Brazuca Match Ball Testing
Ensuring the Brazuca match ball is ready for kickoff on June 12th in São Paulo, adidas has used the most rigorous testing regimen in its history. The two-and-a-half year program included input from over 600 players from 30 different clubs and national teams in 10 countries, including non-adidas sponsored players. Designers also went from Rio to São Paulo to test the effects of the different climates that will be encountered on the pitch within the huge country of Brazil. A version of the ball was also used in real-match situations during the U20 World Cup and international friendlies to make sure everything was ready for the world’s biggest stage.
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