Sports brand Adidas presented on Tuesday 3 December 2013 during a football gala in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro the official ball for theWorld Cup Soccer 2014, which takes place from 12 June 2014 until 13 July 2014 in Brazil.
Adidas Official Supplier
Adidas is the supplier of the official match ball since the World Cup Soccer in 1970 in Mexico. For the first time in history, soccer fans could vote for the name of the match ball and ‘Brazuca’ was their preferred option. Other suggested names for the ball were ‘Bossa Nova’ and ‘Carnavalesca’. Brazuca was elected by 77.8% of the votes. Bossa Nova received 14.6% of the votes, while Carnavalesca finished third with just 7.6%.
The Brazuca is the most tested match ball in history. During the past 2.5 years, 600 players and 30 national teams from 10 countries on 3 continents tested the official ball of the most important soccer tournament in the world. Among the test players were Lionel Messi, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Dani Alves and former soccer player Zinedine Zidane. All 32 national teams that qualified for the World Championship Soccer will receive in December the official match ball, so they can get used to it.
The design of the ball includes a Brazilian flag and the official logo of the World Cup. According to Adidas, the design of the ball refers to the so-called Bahia straps, which are in Brazil a symbol of luck and faith.
Adidas had, moreover, for the Brazilians a small present: all children born on 3 December 2013 in Brazil will receive from the famous sports brand with the three stripes the Brazuca ball.
Official World Cup Balls
• 1970, Mexico: Adidas Telstar
• 1974, Germany: Adidas Telstar Durlast
• 1978, Argentina, Adidas Tango
• 1982, Spain: Adidas Tango España
• 1986, Mexico: Adidas Azteca
• 1990, Italy: Adidas Etrusco Unico
• 1994, United States of America: Adidas Questra
• 1998, France: Adidas Tricolore
• 2002, Japan and South Korea: Adidas Fevernova
• 2006, Germany: Adidas Teamgeist
• 2010, South Africa: Adidas Jabulani
World Cup Soccer in Brazil
If you are interested in the World Cup Soccer 2014 in Brazil, then please make sure to read the article ‘2014 World Cup Soccer In Brazil’ as well.