Every World Cup gets a new game ball. And since 1970, Adidas are the maker of the official balls. And here is Brazuca, the official game ball for the World Cup 2014 to happen in Brazil. Yes "Brazuca," (which is an informal local term meaning "Brazilian," or to describe the Brazilian way of life) will be the official game ball of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
The Brazuca, whose name was picked in a national poll of Brazilians and is also an informal term sometimes shouted out in appreciation for a skillful move, underwent two-and-a-half years of testing, including kick after kick from a robot foot to ensure accurate flight on every strike.
"With the one panel shape we have a nice interlocking design that made it symmetrical and gave it balance. We're able to optimize seam geometry to give it accuracy in aerodynamics and a stable flight."
Adidas says the ball is the most tested in history, enduring a two-and-a-half-year period where it was tested by the likes of Iker Casillas, Dani Alves and Lionel Messi, and was used in in a selection of international matches, albeit with a different design.
The brazuca has a new structural innovation, with a unique symmetry of six identical panels alongside a different surface structure that will provide improved grip, touch, stability and aerodynamics.
"The brazuca has a stunning design that feels inspired by Brazil,” Casillas told FIFA. “Now the ball has been launched, the tournament feels a lot closer. I'm looking forward to playing in Brazil with a great ball. Meanwhile, Messi told "THE GUARDIAN": "I’ve had the opportunity to test brazuca and it’s great."
Football fans can even follow the brazuca on social media with a Twitter page dedicated to the new ball already attracting over 8,000 fans.