The official ball to be used at next summer’s football World Cup ‘The Brazuca’ was unveiled in Rio de Janeiro to the samba sounds of drums and cymbals.
First to show off their skills with the new ball in a ceremony at a park in the south of the city were former Brazilian skipper Cafu and Dutchman Clarence Seedorf, currently playing with Rio side Botafogo, and Brazilian Hernane of city rival Flamengo.
“The ball is 100 per cent Brazilian, it’s fantastic. It is a beautiful ball and really has all the characteristics and colours of Brazil,” Cafu told the Globosporte website.
“I hope that it will be lucky for the Selecao (Brazil team),” he added. The ball, weighing 437 grammes, underwent two and half years of testing by 600 players and 30 teams throughout the world.
The name ‘Brazuca’ was decided in September 2012 after an internet-based opinion poll of Brazilian football fans. It beat off opposition from ‘Bossa Nova’ and ‘Carvanalesca’.
‘Brazuca’ takes over from ‘Jabulani’ which was the official ball of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Meanwhile, FIFA has extended the deadline for delivery of the stadiums at Curitiba and Cuiaba to February, just four months before the World Cup starts. — Agencies