Adidas has unveiled the design of the official ball for next year’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The ‘Brazuca’ is apparently the result of a “two and a half year testing process involving more than 600 of the world’s top players”
Yes, it’s a ball Leo. You should be familiar with the idea by now
According to Adidas the “name ‘brazuca’ is an informal local term which means ‘Brazilian’ or to describe the Brazilian way of life”. It was chosen by public vote.
Brazilian wish bracelets – available here
The graphics on the ball, we are told, “symbolise the traditional multicolored wish bracelets worn in the country [see above] in addition to reflecting the vibrancy and fun associated with soccer in Brazil”. They also tie in with the overall visual language of the tournament and its logo (below).
Adidas creates a ball for each World Cup and, each time, makes claims about its improved performance. This time, we are promised, the Brazuca features “a unique surface that will provide improved grip, touch, stability and aerodynamics on the field”.
We await the now traditional scare stories from the world’s goalkeeping community about how much the new balls deviate in the air/dip unexpectedly/turn round corners as they get their excuses in early.
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The Brazuca is on sale here, priced between £20 and £100
Previous World Cup balls
The Jabulani, official ball for the 2010 South Africa tournament. “Adidas Jabulani ball to baffle goalkeepers says Australian scientist“
Teamgeist, the ball for the 2006 German World Cup – “awful” according to then England keeper Paul Robinson
The Fevernova from 2002: “25% more precise“
The Tango, first introduced in 1978
From 1970, The Telstar
Replica of the Slazenger Challenge, the ball used in the most important World Cup final ever played…