Meet brazuca, the official adidas match ball of the 2014 FIFA World Cup
The teams are set and the draw is just two days away, and now we know what the official match ball of the 2014 FIFA World Cup will look like.
On Tuesday adidas unveiled brazuca, complete with its own twitter handle - which gained 40,000 followers in less than 24 hours.
— brazuca (@brazuca) December 3, 2013
From adidas' press release: brazuca was named back in September 2012 following a public vote in Brazil involving 1 million football fans; the name "brazuca" is an informal local term which means "Brazilian", or to describe the Brazilian way of life.
brazuca went through a thorough testing process over a two and a half year period 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 and ensuring that it is suited to all conditions. Clubs involved in testing included AC Milan, Bayern Munich, Palmeiras and Fluminese. Players involved in the process included global football stars Leo Messi, Iker Casillas, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Zinedine Zidane.
adidas has supplied the official match ball to all FIFA World Cup matches since 1970 and has released a new ball for all 12 finals since.
— adidas UK (@adidasUK) December 4, 2013