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BRAZUCA, The official 2014 FIFA World Cup Match Ball was unveiled

Dec 5, 2013 12:00 IST

official 2014 FIFA World CupBrazuka, the official 2014 FIFA World Cup match ball was unveiled on 3 December 2013 by manufacturers Adidas in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The ball is called the 'Brazuca' after a public vote by more than one million football fans in the host nation Brazil. Brazuca is an informal local term which means "Brazilian", or relating to a Brazilian way of life.

The ball was named Brazuca in September 2012 following a public vote in Brazil involving one million football fans. The colours of the ball reflect those of the Brazilian flag and tournament logo, while the design is a representation of the colourful wristbands that Brazilians often wear.

The ball, the successor to the Adidas Jabulani used at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, has already been tested in competitive international matches, at the Under-20s World Cup, with a different print design, and in the friendly between Sweden and Argentina in February 2014.

The 2014 FIFA World Cup will be the 20th FIFA World Cup, an international men's football tournament, tournament is scheduled to be held in Brazil from 12 June to 13 July 2014.

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