As football fans around the world prepare for a month long of football games and commentaries, we pay tribute to the most important part of the event – the World Cup ball.
For those of you who don’t have a clue about the game, a few facts about the ball will bring you up to speed for the event (sort of).
Lets just say the likes of Christiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Wayne Rooney will be impressed with what they have to kick. It’s technologically more advanced than ever!
IT’S GOT A NAME
Yes, the ball has a name. The Brazuca. Following a public vote by more than one million Brazilian football fans, the name received 70 per cent of the vote. It’s slang to describe the Brazilian way of life. Mirroring their approach to football, it symbolises emotion, pride and goodwill to all. The alternatives were Bossa Nova and Carnavalesca. And another little fact for you, the name was decided on two years ago before the ball was even designed.
ADIDAS DESIGNED THE BALL
The German sportswear manufacturer has been the FIFA World Cup Official Match Ball supplier since 1970. But this year it has outdone itself, touting the Brazuca its most advanced Adidas World Cup Ball yet. Cafu, the man who last captained Brazil to World Cup success, said of the Brazuca: “I’d love to play with it — this ball has been perfected, but importantly it’s 100 per cent Brazilian. So obviously I’d love to be out there with it, but age has caught me up — so maybe I’ll have to settle for the back garden.” We feel for you, Cafu!
IT’S THE MOST HEAVILY-TESTED BALL EVER
Adidas claims the ball evolved from a two-and-half-year testing program involving clubs such as AC Milan, Bayern Munich, Palmeiras and Fluminese, plus some 600 players including Lionel Messi, Iker Casillas, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Zinedine Zidane. Brandishing a new six-panel design, the ball has received high marks for its speed and accuracy.
EVEN NASA PUT IT THROUGH ITS PACES
As if all the rigorous technical tests weren’t enough, a NASA scientist even put it through a wind tunnel to see how air flows over it at different speeds. The 2010 and 2006 ball were heavily-criticised by players as erratic. But this year’s World Cup ball is tipped to fly more predictably than the previous duds — so to speak. It is aerodynamically awesome!
IT HAS ITS OWN TWITTER ACCOUNT
Seriously, the ball has its own Twitter account. And it will be tweeting updates during all of the World Cup matches.
“I’m @brazuca. The official match ball of the 2014 FIFA #WorldCup. I tweet in English & Portuguese. Love me or lose me! Oh, and follow me,” it’s bio reads! So follow the ball for more info on life on the Brazilian pitch!
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Info from Herald Sun Australia online.