UPDATE: The first match of 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil comes June 12, the draw is set for Friday, but the tournament stars now with the unveiling the soccer world has long been awaiting: The adidas Brazuca, the official match ball of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™.
Only the elites of the game, the best of the best players, coaches and fans are bound for Brazil and the Brazuca ball is fit for the occasion; It’s in a class of its own.
The first thing you’ll notice is the Brazuca’s bold, bright and colorful design befitting Brazil.
adidas has continued its tradition of making a ball in the image of the host country as it has for all 12 balls made since becoming the official manufacturer of the tournament in 1970. You can check them all our in our historical ball collection.
For instance, the 1986 Azteca Mexico was decorated in Aztec style, and the 1994 Questra for the United States event was modeled after Apollo 11 and high-speed rockets and the 2002 Fevernova for South Korea and Japan had an Asian inspired orb and flames.
adidas has constantly innovated and pushed the envelop for their WC balls. The 1970 adidas Telstar Durlast was the first black and white ball used at a WC, others added event specific text, unique panel designs or thermal bonding technology. The Brazuca ball breaks new ground with its unique six polyurethane panel design and texure that promises to afford faster flight speed and maintain true roundness.
The field of 32 teams bound for 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ is set and qualified countries now can turn their focus to delivering their best and putting a world-class product on show. The excitement is growing at adidas, as well, with the official World Cup™ match ball finally ready to be rolled out.
The adidas Brazuca was made available for pre-order on Tuesday, Nov. 19, and the the world gets its first view of the ball today, Dec. 3, with a full-fledged unveiling set to take place at the finals draw on Friday, Dec. 6.
The Brazuca, adidas’ 12th World Cup™ ball after supplying signature spheres for the summer showpiece since 1970 in Mexico, is named after a colloquial term in Brazil that signifies the way of life in the country built on emotion, pride and goodwill to all.
Brazilians were given the chance to vote on one of three names inspired by local culture—the other two were Bossa Nova, a fusion of samba and jazz and term for “new trend,” and Carnavalesca, after the Brazilian Carnival of Rio. “Brazuca” won overwhelmingly with 77.8 percent of the vote.
The design breakdown according to adidas:
The bands: Inspired by the famous Brazilian wishbands, the meandering pathways of the great Amazon river in Brazil and the very rhythmic and fluid shapes one often can find in Brazilian nature as well as architecture.
The colors: Typically Brazilian and taken from the official logo of the 2014 World Cup.
The stars: Known to be the symbol of World Cup winners on federation jerseys and also inspired by the Brazilian flag.
For you technical specs junkies, here’s what you need to know about the official 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil match ball:
- The Brazuca ball has six polyurethane panels that are bonded to keep the ball the same weight and roundness in even the thickest of rain.
- The never-before-seen panel shape revolutionizes the game by producing faster flight speed and maintaining true roundness.
- The bladder of the Brazuca ball is made of latex and provides the desired rebound.
- The ball is textured and feels more like the adidas’ Finale 13, the official UEFA Champions League ball, than the adidas Jabulani used in South Africa four years ago.
- The adidas Brazuca ball, in a bold white/night blue/multicolor colorway befitting Brazil, is the most colorful ever for a FIFA World Cup™
The Brazuca went through an incredible and somewhat daunting list of trials and tests over the course of its 2.5 years of development:
The making of a Brazuca:
Every World Cup has its story, and the Brazuca is the pen with which today’s legends of the game will use to write history in the summer of 2014.
Let’s take a look at the 32 teams that will be playing with the adidas Brazuca at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™. Here are the expected pots that the teams will be drawn from on December 6.
|Pot 1||Pot 2||Pot 3||Pot 4|
***A note on the pots: FIFA announced how the teams would be divided Tuesday and brought a curveball; All nine unseeded European sides are in Pot 4, with a separate draw taking place early Friday to place one of the teams in Pot 2 just prior to the full draw later that day.
It was thought that the lowest ranked unseeded European team, France, would be put in a pot with the two unseeded South American teams, Chile and Ecuador, and the five African sides. Instead, it could be any of the nine federations now in Pot 4, thickening the plot and causing every unseeded European side to further fear being drawn into a Group of Death. No more than two European teams can be in one group, meaning the side drawn into Pot 2 will have to face one of Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay or Colombia, plus a European team from Pot 4.
Confusing? Sure. Intriguing? Absolutely.
Stay tuned. The draw takes place at 11:30 a.m. EST Friday and will last 90 minutes complete with appearances from soccer legends Cafu, Fabio Cannavaro, Mario Kempes, Lothar Matthaus, Zinedine Zidane and Geoff Hursrt. Coverage is on ESPN2
You can follow the USMNT buildup and reaction to Friday’s festivities here and much more from us at SOCCER.COM/guide when the groups are revealed.
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