World Cup 2014 Match Ball
In Brazil all participating countries will play with a World Cup 2014 match ball named Brazuca. Brazuca is a Portuguese slang word for ‘Brazilian’. Brazilians also use this word to describe national pride in the Brazilian way of life. The name was revealed on the 2nd of September 2012 during the Brazilian program TV Globo’s Esporte Espectacular. The program featured Brazilian football legend Cafu (who won the World Cup in 1994 and 2002) who presented the name.
See Cafu revealing the name of the official World Cup 2014 match ball (in Portuguese).
This World Cup 2014 match ball made by Adidas, one of FIFA’s sponsors and FIFA World Cup Official Match Ball supplier since 1970, is the first World Cup match ball named by a name chosen by fans. More than 1 million Brazilians voted for the name Brazuca (77.8% of the vote). Other name options were Bossa Nova (14.6% of the vote) and Carnavalesca (7.6% of the vote).
FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke stated:
“I’m sure that the Brazuca ball will go down in history together with other iconic FIFA World Cup balls, such as the Tango in Argentina in 1978 and the Azteca in Mexico in 1986.”
On the 3rd of December 2013 the Brazuca match ball was finally revealed in Rio de Janeiro. Never before in World Cup history was the match ball so colourful. Previous World Cup match balls were revealed during the event of the final draw. This time the match ball was revealed 2 days before the World Cup draw.
The Brazuca design resemble the traditional and popular straps from Brazilian city Bahia. They symbolize happiness and faith. The stars on the ball represent the stars on the Brazilian national flag. The ball exceeds enormously the FIFA Approved Standards which need to be met in order to become an official World Cup match ball. It is the most tested ball ever, which occurred in a period of 2,5 years in 3 different continents. Of course the ball was camouflaged.
The Brazuca produces faster flight speed and maintains true roundness. Because of 6 polyurethane panels, the ball keeps the same weight and roundness in even the thickest of rain. Every participating team in the 2014 World Cup received the Brazuca match ball in order to become comfortable with its unique characteristics.
ESPN Sport Science released an interesting video where the World Cup 2014 Brazuca match ball is thoroughly tested in different conditions. Very interesting!
Adidas also developed an innovative camera-ball: the Brazucam. This ball captures 360º views through six different lenses. The Brazucam helps to create awareness and offers fans around the world the opportunity to enjoy and share the love of football from an entirely new perspective
Brazuca has even its own Twitter account where you can follow his adventures before reaching the 2014 World Cup.
On the 17th of October photos were leaked which appeared to be the Brazuca match ball. Did it look like the final version? Yes, below picture apparently does show pretty accurately what the Brazuca currently looks like.
Adidas also released a winter version of the Brazuca! This very bright orange version of the World Cup 2014 match ball is named POWERORANGE. This Brazuca ball will be easily visible in bad weather. Although we pretty much can assume Brazil is not expecting any snow during the World Cup!
World Cup 2014 Caxirola
Remember those (annoying) vuvuzelas from the previous World Cup in South Africa? Those strange instruments many viewers and players like Cristiano Ronald and Patrice Evra complained about? Well, the caxirola will now be the official musical instrument for the World Cup in Brazil! This percussion instrument consists of a closed recyclable plastic basket. It is well known in Brazil and resembles with the caxixi. Sounds familiar? Might be, the caxixi is often used together with the Berimbau in Capoeira rodas. The caxirola has been created by Carlinhos Brown (see above photo). The caxirola was certified on the 27th of September 2012 by the Brazilian Ministry of Sports and was created to be the official musical instrument of the 2014 World Cup. Carlinhos Brown stated the following about the caxirola:
“the caxirola respect the sound limits. It reproduces sounds of nature, of the sea, because of that, we worked with the best acoustic engineers so that the sound was nice, pleasant.”
You are still thinking you will have to turn the TV volume to a minimum again in order not to go insane next year? Let me inform you, the caxirola creates sound pressure levels which are similar to a normal conversation. This is what the researchers from the Federal University of Santa Maria in Brazil stated. Experts said it would take around 2000 caxirolas to create the same noise as 1 vuvuzela! These caxirolas have been designed to sound ´acceptable´ in stadiums and therefore (thank God) do not sound as loud as vuvuzelas.
To make matters more serious, in May 2013 it was decided by FIFA and Brazilian Minister of Justice, not to allow the caxirola into the stadiums. Reason being a match played on the 18th of April between the two greatest clubs in Salvador, Bahia and Vitória. FIFA’s fear became reality: supporters were using the instruments as weapons by throwing them on the field. Ironically, this was the first match where caxirolas were given to the public.
Another matter would be the people working on the preservation of traditional cultures of Brazil, who complained the caxirola is a rip-off of the traditional caxixi. According to them, it is the native cultures of Brazil who should receive the credit for such an instrument.
So, with all this being said, we can only speculate for now in which way these caxirolas will play a part in the upcoming World Cup next year.
Curious what these caxirolas sound like and how to use them? Check below video (in Portuguese)!