The Adidas Brazuca was the official match ball of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which was held in Brazil. It is made by the company Adidas, a FIFA Partner and FIFA World Cup Official Match Ball supplier since 1970. The ball was supplied for the World Cup by Forward Sports of Sialkot, Pakistan.
The name of the ball was revealed on Sunday 2 September 2012. It was selected by a public vote organised by the Local Organising Committee and Adidas, with over one million Brazilian football fans voting. The name Brazuca was chosen with 77.8% of the vote. Two other voting options were given: Bossa Nova (14.6% of the vote) and Carnavalesca (7.6% of the vote).
According to FIFA, "the informal term 'brazuca' (our fellow) is used by Brazilians to describe national pride in the Brazilian way of life", and "mirroring their approach to football, it symbolises emotion, pride and goodwill to all". The term is also used as slang for "Brazilian" and became well-known abroad due to the Brazilian diaspora.
The ball is a developmental successor to the Adidas Tango 12 series of balls, with the same bladder and carcass but a different surface structure. The ball weighs 437 grams and has a circumference of 69 centimetres. The ball has been made of six polyurethane panels which have been thermally bonded; the reduction in the number of panels is claimed to increase the consistency in the ball. The Brazuca ball has been stated to avoid aerodynamic problems with the Jabulani ball used in South Africa for the previous World Cup. It is textured to feel more like the Adidas Finale 13, the official UEFA Champions League ball, than the Jabulani.
The ball has a multi-colour design referenced from the traditional wish bracelet to represent Brazil. A gold edition of the ball will be used in the Final in Rio de Janerio. The Brazuca consists of six crossed shapes leather, the least in all World Cup history. It also references the Euro Cup "Tango 12" liners to ensure the ball's stability and easiness to be controlled during the game. This ball was designed by Taiwanese corporation, Long Way, with two and a half years time and 650 player's testing. Its was finally produced and used for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
The match ball for the final of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Rio was announced on May 29, 2014. The ball will be different than the match balls used throughout the tournament as it resembles the gold colouring of the FIFA World Cup Trophy. The Final Rio edition of the Brazuca was the third special FIFA World Cup final ball after the Teamgeist Berlin and the Jabulani ball used in the 2006 and 2010 editions of the cup respectively.
The Brazuca has gone through an extensive testing process before its use at the World Cup. Adidas had been developing the ball for over 2 years, and had worked with many teams and players to ensure the ball was acceptable. The ball has appeared in the FIFA U-20 World Cup, DFB-Pokal (German Cup) final as well as disguised as the Adidas Cafusa in international friendly matches.
Despite designing the ball, Long Way was unable to meet the high demand for the number of balls needed for the game. A second supplier, Forward Sports (based in Sialkot, Pakistan), was brought in to help manufacture the ball. Forward Sports, who have been associated with Adidas since 1995 and already supplied footballs for both the Champions League and the German Bundesliga, were awarded the contract by Adidas at short notice after the original manufacturer in China failed to meet the demand. Over 42 million Brazuca balls were exported from Sialkot.
Adidas unveiled the Brazuca at a launch event on 3 December 2013, two days ahead of the traditional unveiling of the World Cup match ball at the draw of the group stages of the World Cup Final. The launch event took place in Rio de Janeiro at Parque Lage and featured a 3D light projection, which revealed the Brazuca to everyone in attendance.
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