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FIFA shows us pictures of 2014 World Cup match ball, the Brazuca

Dec 3, 2013, 7:29 PM EDT

FIFA told us back in September that next year’s match ball would be called the Brazuca – but the meanies that run the world world soccer made us wait to get a look at that young puppy.

Today from Brazil, FIFA pulled back the curtain.

The headline on FIFA’s official site says “adidas brings brazuca into the world,” which give this thing a weird, birthy kind of feel.

Regardless, this thing is certainly colorful, as you can see. Almost to a dizzying degree.

Previously, FIFA had told us about “innovative technology” and “pioneering new structure” that adds to the new ball’s grip and feel and aerodynamic properties … in other words, about the same thing they say every four years when the latest World Cup match ball is unveiled.

Anyway, now you’ve seen it. Not sure if it looks much like a soccer ball – but it is kind of pretty, isn’t it?

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  1. talgrath - Dec 3, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    It looks like the colored sections have some sort of groove or tread on them, I’m not so sure that really does much for aiming or hitting the ball. It should be interesting to see if players gripe about this ball like 2010’s ball or not.

  2. 76bean - Dec 3, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    I wonder how it plays. There’s been pros, and cons to every match ball in recent memory. As far as looks, it is eye-catching. I’ll buy the cheaper version of it.

    • Steve Davis - Dec 3, 2013 at 7:49 PM

      I know! It’s like $159 dollars or something. I mean, it’s a soccer ball, not a freakin’ bracelet from Jared!

      • btrocco - Dec 3, 2013 at 8:08 PM

        You went to Jared!

  3. The Strange Attractor - Dec 3, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    It’s amazing to me that FIFA won’t change any rules for the World Cup (everything must be vetted ahead of time, like goal-line technology), but one thing they will change, every time, at the last minute, is the ball.

    I think they should make the new WC ball available to everyone around the time of the Federations Cup the previous year, to give every team a chance to get used to the damn thing.

    • bear06 - Dec 3, 2013 at 11:56 PM

      You mean Confederations Cup? It’s really not a big deal. All the teams get to practice with the ball for a few weeks before the start of the World Cup.

      • tridecagon - Dec 4, 2013 at 10:28 AM

        A few weeks? Can you imagine if MLB changed the stitching pattern on a baseball and gave players “a few weeks” to adjust? As much as players can spin and swerve the ball – and goalkeepers need to be able to see the spinning ball and read what it’s going to do – it’s kind of a big deal.

      • bear06 - Dec 5, 2013 at 2:36 AM

        It really isn’t. Every team gets the same ball so it’s fair game.

  4. braxtonrob - Dec 4, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    It’s kinda hideous.

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