After several weeks of teasing, Adidas has finally introduced us to the Brazuca – official match ball that will be used at next Summers World Cup in Brazil. In order to ensure the ball is an icon of the host country, a Samba style design is used on the extremely innovative ball. And the end product looks absolutely sweet in our opinion. But what does this ball have going for it and will it be a success in Brazil next summer?
Rather than just lay out a bunch of jargon language about the boot, here is a quick Q&A answering exactly what you need to know about it now.
Brazuca was named in September 2012 following a public vote in Brazil involving 1 million soccer fans. The name “brazuca” is an informal local term which means “Brazilian,” or to describe the Brazilian way of life.
What is with the design?
The colors and ribbon design of the ball panels symbolize the traditional multicolored wish bracelets worn in the country in addition to reflecting the vibrancy and fun associated with soccer in Brazil.
Performance – What is different?
Brazuca is a breakthrough innovation featuring a revolutionary six-panel design. Created for every player on the field, the ball features six identical panels alongside a unique surface that will provide improved grip, touch, stability and aerodynamics on the field.
How long did it take to develop?
The Brazuca went through a thorough two and a half year testing process involving more than 600 of the world’s top players and 30 teams in 10 countries across three continents, making it the most tested ball ever by adidas. The ball was also tested in competitive international matches at the FIFA U-20 World Cup with a different print design and in a friendly match between Sweden and Argentina in February 2013.
Is it better than the Jabulani?
Anything will be better than the Jabulani, so if Adidas hasn’t created a better ball, they are on the verge of falling off the face of the earth! In other words, YES, it has to be better. We have a ball on the way for testing and review, so the real answer to that question will come in less than a week!
Buying a Ball
No surprises in stating that you can buy a Brazuca, but it is going to cost you a pretty penny! The retail price of the World Cup ball sits at $159.99. If you want to be one of the first to own a ball, you can currently order one from WeGotSoccer with a ship date of tomorrow, December 4th.
What is your initial opinion of the ball? Let me know in the comment section.