adidas Brazuca

adidas Brazuca to shine in Brazil

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™.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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™

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The Brazuca went through an incredible and somewhat daunting list of trials and tests over the course of its 2.5 years of development:

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The making of a Brazuca:

 

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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
brazil Brazil algeria Algeria australia Australia bosnia Bosnia-Herzegovina
argentina Argentina cameroon Cameroon costarica Costa Rica croatia Croatia
colombia Colombia chile Chile honduras Honduras england England
uruguay Uruguay ivorycoast Côte d’Ivoire iran Iran france France
spain Spain ecuador Ecuador japan Japan greece Greece
germany Germany ghana Ghana korea South Korea italy Italy
belgium Belgium nigeria Nigeria mexico Mexico netherlands Netherlands
switzerland Switzerland TBD* usa USA portugal Portugal
russia Russia

***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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What are your hopes for the adidas Brazuca? Let us know in the comments section below. 


  • Jan Bermen

    Let’s see. My hope is that this ball is more than an icon, but is truly a very good ball. Ideally, I am looking for roundness, feel, firmness and longevity. Plus, it has to look good.

    I am sure that adidas will not disappoint!

  • Gerald Fryes

    Does this have the same material as the Jubalani, or are looking at something completely new. There are plenty of Brazuca photos online, but none of them give enough detail or information.

    Thanks!

  • Joe Schwartz

    Great question, Gerald. There’s isn’t a lot of info out now because the ball hasn’t had it’s official debut yet, but we can say that the Brazuca ball is made of thermally bonded polyurethane just like the Jabulani, but the texture treatment and the panel construction and design is entirely new. We can’t wait to show it off to you.

  • Rich Solice

    Some development is good, but the Jabulani is proof that not all development is good development. Just made a tried and tested ball that performs really good and we will all be happy. Hopefully this Brazuca lives up to the hype!

  • Jason solomon

    I think it looks really good with the high contrast, just as long as it does not perform like the Jabulani. This would be a goalkeepers nightmare. No dancing soccer balls!

  • Guy Friche

    It is a really good looking ball, but would really like to see how it performs.
    Balls are all about aerodynamics, so let’s see what happens when it is kicked. Will this Brazuca swerve and dance like the Jabulani did?

  • Jerry Corazo

    I hope not!!! I was hoping for something with a bit more samba in it… it is in Brazil after all. Live it up Brazuca, we are all watching!

  • Tom Kruger

    Hmm… it is not as though I don’t like it, but the World Cup seems like an unnecessary place to try out the new Brazuca. Why not have it in the Confederations Cup?

  • Jim Shaper

    To be honest, it looks worse than the Jabulani. Plus, I watch the World Cup to see the best players and best teams, NOT the best ball. Save that for a Soccer Ball convention. Reserve the WC for the players and teams. I should work for adidas! :)

  • Nick Resin

    Like it… that is the colors. Haven’t touched it. Just hope this thing flies straight. Nothing worse than having goalkeepers in the World Cup complaining about a swerving ball.

  • Ben Richards

    Once they reached the zenith of soccer ball creation with the Azteca in 1986, they should have just enjoyed their position of glory. This non-stop tinkering and playing around with the ball has produced some doozies. Let’s hope this is not another one of them!

  • Ivan Murs

    When is the glider version of the ball ready to buy?

  • Sak Pursen

    Show me the photo! I am not seeing much online. How can I preorder a ball that I haven’t even seen. If it is like the Jabulani, then I hope you accept returns! :)

  • Jase Cousars

    I really like it… at least based on the images I see online. Looks smooth, round and beautiful. However, is this a Brazuca graphic or the real deal? Those darn graphics guys!

  • Scott Frise

    BRAZUCA!!!

    I love it.

    I am a little disappointed in the initial image. It looks nothing like what is being leaked online. The initial image is just a silly graphic, yet the leaked images look like a legit ball… oh the dichotomy… what to believe?

  • Sean Abernathy

    So, Brazuca means the Brazilian way of life. Isn’t the Brazilian way of life more about fun, carefree and living large? Not exactly what I want in a ball. If I was going to name it, I would choose the Brazilian term for rocket or accuracy and guidance.

    Hmm… oh well. A rose by any other name will smell just as sweet. Let’s just hope the Brazuca is sweet.

  • Chris Johnson

    Is the Brazuca apart of your World Cup Historical Ball Collection? I think it should be. :)

  • Claudia Baker

    Bring me the ball!!!

  • Seth Parrot

    Sooooo, the ball is released on Dec. 3. Is this so it is not part of the cyber Monday sale? Boo hoo. :(

  • Nicole Wade

    Will you update this post on Tuesday with idealic photos and videos that satiates our heart’s desires? :)

  • Angie West

    Will this ball be tested before the World Cup 2014? It would be disastrous to trial the ball in pro match comp at the WC. Let me propose something very smart…. test it out in competition before the WC. Let’s learn the lesson from Jubalani. Ahhhhh!

  • Lisa Scott

    I can’t wait!!!!!!!!!

  • Heidi Anglers

    Will this ball be on sale? Will the coupon code for Cyber Monday be extended for Cyber Tuesday? :)

  • Robert Brews

    I am so excited!!!! To have a new ball every four years is better than Christmas. Although the price seems a little high, I am all for the new World Cup ball!!! Bring it on!!

  • Chris Reid

    pretty similar to the jabulani – less textured

  • Chris Reid

    The Brazuca was tested during the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2013 in Turkey,

  • Joe Schwartz

    Check back on this post today at 6 p.m. EST when we can officially unveil images of the Brazuca ball. We sure aim to meet your heart’s desires.

  • Robert Brews

    You mean it flies as wobbly? I sure hope not. Sounds like it will be an amazing ball otherwise!

  • Angie West

    If it was tested, why do we not have more photos of the Brazuca online? Was it under a different colorway or did it have a black bag on it? :)

  • Joe Schwartz

    @Angie West, you’re right. The Brazuca ball tested in the U20 World Cup final was disguised as the adidas Cafusa, which was the official ball for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup. Photos are coming as soon as we are allowed to reveal the Brazuca, just a short half hour from now.

  • Linda Quarse

    Absolutely a thing of beauty!!! I love it.

    Thank you for the high-res images. They are absolutely beautiful. I have read so much online about this ball now. It looks like it will be a lot better than the Jabulani.

    Go Brazuca!!!

  • Lucy

    The name Brazuca is used to indicate national responsability to reach something, persistence.

  • James Heiche

    In other words, adidas is taking the national responsibility for Brazil to create simply the best ball ever!! I can’t wait to get mine.

  • Zared

    Is this ball going to be apart of your WC ball set? I love the historical set! I will buy it if the Brazuca is part of it. Although, the term historical probably does not include something just released. I think I just answered my own question. bummer.

  • Derris Z

    Great article. Can you show us more about the Brazuca. I like to see you guys hold it, but what about how it performs. Kick it, throw it, bounce it. Do something with it so we can see it. Also, can you tell us the difference between this ball and the Jabulani bomb? Thanks.

    • Joe Schwartz

      Zared, you’re right. The Brazuca isn’t part of the historical set. Sorry. If you want to buy a set including the Brazuca, you’ll have to wait until 2018.

      Derris Z, we have filmed a video that’s being edited as I write that includes a field test of the Brazuca ball. Stay tuned.

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  • Henry Paul

    never seen a ball as great as the BRAZUCA-the design, texture and virtual feel… but its been reduced by some percentage in terms of weight. does it still meet int’l standards?????

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  • Leo Prodip Majhi

    Perhaps Brazuca is not only a ball but in-depth He is bearing the cultural Brazilians. So I hope Brazuca will Voctory of Brazil team also me. Thanks.