World Cup match ball unveiled

The adidas 'Brazuca' will be the official match ball at next summer's World Cup in Brazil.

Last Updated: 04/12/13 at 12:09 Post Comment

The 'Brazuca' match ball will be used at next summer's World Cup

The 'Brazuca' match ball will be used at next summer's World Cup

The Brazuca, which means 'Brazilian' and refers to the Brazilian way of life, was launched in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday.

The new ball is the most-tested adidas ball in history, having been worked on over a two-and-a-half year period and used by over 600 players, including Iker Casillas, Lionel Messi and Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Made up of six identical panels which 'will provide improved grip, touch, stability and aerodynamics on the pitch', the Brazuca's colours and ribbon design symbolise the traditional multi-coloured wish bracelets worn in Brazil.

The Brazuca was used at a selection of international football matches, including last February's friendly between Sweden and Argentina, and the feeback from players has been positive.

"My first impression of 'Brazuca' is of a ball that is fantastic and we're going to have a lot of fun with it," said Barcelona and Brazil full-back Dani Alves.

"Adidas has created an incredible-looking ball fitting for a tournament as big as the FIFA World Cup.

"Most importantly it plays well on the ground and in the air. I'm sure all the players will love it.

"It's increased my levels of excitement even further and I honestly cannot wait for the opening game."

adidas launches, brazuca, the Official match ball of the Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup, visit www.adidas.com/lovemeorloseme

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

D

on't go to England at your age, you'll either be mugged or not appreciated. Or made to lump the ball long to a bloke who looks like a mascot.

megabrow (cufc)
Beckenbauer warns Schweinsteiger

F

rom the headline I presumed he meant boots, pants, jim-jams, toothbrush and paste, passport, tickets, premier inn long-term package, Scouse-English-Portuguese-German dictionary, 'How to be a 9 and 3/4' by B. Rodgers, few dozen tins of food and Evian because you can never be sure about the local food/water...

KevinBoatang
Firmino has 'everything' for PL - Willian

H

e looked like he was playing with a plastic pound shop ball in the wind against Juve, his passing was so bad.

paddy7s
Sergio Ramos: Exactly What United Need

Footer 365

United States asks for extradition of seven FIFA officials arrested in May

The United States has asked the Swiss authorities to extradite the seven FIFA officials arrested in Zurich in May, the Swiss Federal Office of Justice has announced.

Manchester United's Javier Hernandez suffers suspected broken collarbone

Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez has been taken to hospital with a suspected broken collarbone.

England bow out of Women's World Cup after added-time own goal

Laura Bassett's added-time own goal saw England exit the Women's World Cup with an agonising 2-1 defeat to Japan.

Mail Box

Are United Aiming Too High On Transfers?

One mailer wonders whether United are aiming a little high on their transfer ambitions. Plus, BAHs, West Ham in Europe, petty annoyances and Michu to United...

Liverpool Are Attractive To Strikers

You've got little competition and bags of service from midfield, so surely strikers would love to join Liverpool? Plus England's future, Callum Wilson handshakes and...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company