The Adidas Brazuca is the official match ball of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which will be held in Brazil. Adidas has unveiled the Brazuca Final Rio Official Match Ball. The ball will be an integral part of the fixture on 13 July, when two teams will do battle for a place in history.
The design of Brazuca Final Rio has been inspired by the green and gold on the FIFA World Cup Trophy.
At the time of the Brazuca launch in December, Adidas delivered Brazucas to all Participating Member Associations competing at Brazil 2014 in order for all teams to have sufficient time to practice with the new balls both in training and competitive matches.
Prior to the official launch, Brazuca and Brazuca Final Rio 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 ten countries across three continents, making it the most tested ball ever by Adidas and ensuring that it is suited to all conditions.
This is the first FIFA World Cup ball named by fans. The name of the ball was revealed on Sunday 2 September 2012. It was selected by a public vote organised by the Local Organising Committee and Adidas, with over one million Brazilian football fans voting. The name Brazuca was chosen with 77.8% of the vote. Two other voting options were given: Bossa Nova (14.6% of the vote) and Carnavalesca (7.6% of the vote).
The ball will be manufactured in Sialkot, Pakistan. Pakistan may be known as a cricketing nation but not many know that the soccer balls for the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Brazil will be imported from the 159th-ranked football nation.
When World Cup’s Chinese supplier Adidas failed to keep up with the demand of soccer balls in Rio de Janeiro, a report in ‘Express Tribune’ said that a Sialkot ball manufacturing company then stepped in and got the contract.