If you’re a follower of my ramblings, you’ll know I’m a traditionalist when it comes to anything designed in football, so I was naturally really looking forward to the unveiling of anything, let alone something as important as the ball that’ll be adorned by the world for the next six months.

My first impression was that it look’s slick and I love the way the six panels interlock. It gives the ball a post World War feel about it, like when balls we made of a full cow and steel. I actually don’t mind the swirls of colour entangled around it either and it almost seems as though all is good in the world of Adidas once again. They’ve definitely taken a step in the right direction to redeem themselves for ever creating and mass-producing the most hideous football in the history of the WORLD ever – the dreadful Fevernova!

Which brings me to my last point, it’s name; Branded the ‘Brazuca’, the Braz-who-haa? Apparently the name ‘Brazuca’ is a colloquial phrase that references something deep-seated in the Brazilian football style.

I guess I can live with that, but don’t take my word for it, check out what someone non-Brazillian had to say about it:

“I’ve had the opportunity to test Brazuca and it’s great.” – Lionel Messi

Perhaps Leo isn’t the right person to quote here cause let’s be honest – this could have been a scrunched up piece of leather torn off a street-couch by a rabie-infested dog and Leo would still be able to nut-meg you with it and coax it past any keeper in the world and into the top corner of the net.

Don’t believe me? Watch him do it in this advert, minus the rabie-infested dog of course:

And before I forget, follow the Brazuca’s journey to the World Cup, via it’s very own twitter channel – ah, those marketing chaps over at the three-stripes are a clever bunch.

And here are some random press-kit shots for you to enjoy – you’re welcome!


Adidas Brazuca 2014 World Cup Ball 1

Adidas Brazuca 2014 World Cup Ball 3

What do you think?