Adidas unveils 2014 World Cup ball, the "Brazuca," and a fascinating video of how it's made | SIDELINE
Ever wonder about the process by which adidas manufactures millions upon millions of brand new soccer balls before every World Cup?
Well, wonder no longer, because the above video from adidas takes you through the entire process of making their brand new "Brazuca" soccer ball, which was unveiled on Tuesday.
"Brazuca," which is an informal local term meaning "Brazilian," or to describe the Brazilian way of life, will be the official game ball of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Brazuca was chosen as name of the ball in September 2012 following a public vote in Brazil which polled 1 million soccer fans. 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.
Brazuca is also made up of six panels, which is two less than the Jabulani from the 2010 World Cup. In theory, the fewer panels will result in less unpredictable movement from the ball — an unfortunate storyline of the 2010 tournament.
The World Cup draw will take place on Friday (11:30 am ET, ESPN2). Once the groups are drawn and the dates are set, the anticipation goes into overdrive.
What do you think of the Brazuca? The colorful design is definitely fun and vibrant, but do you like it better than the Jabulani?