The adidas Brazuca World Cup match ball has lived up to expectations. The Brazuca is preparing for its final 2 challenges in Brazil, the third place match between hosts Brazil and the Netherlands and the final between Germany and Argentina.
The match ball for every match in Brazil has been customized with the date, match, Teams playing, city and stadium. This official ball customization is available to commemorate your favorite match at WorldSoccerShop.com.
The World Cup Final Brazuca of course gets a facelift for the match. The ball for the final has a green/gold/black color combination but with the same design.
After the official match ball of the 2010 World Cup, the Jabulani, failed to live up to expectations, adidas went back and started from scratch. The 2010 ball was too smooth which made it hard to control. The erratic ball was not like by anyone from goalkeepers to goalscorers.
The ball has delivered with 167 goals scored heading into the final 2 matches. There were only 145 goals scored in South Africa four years ago while the 2006 ball, the adidas Teamgeist, could only manage to find the back of the net 147 times.
In addition to goals being scored, the Brazuca has its own 3+ million following on twitter @brazuca where it has been given a unique ball perspective on the tournament. @brazuca will make the unprecedented move and announce the Golden Ball nominees tomorrow at 1:30PM ET
This ball could become a standard look for years to come much like the adidas Tango did after the 1978 World Cup. The triad look of the ball was used with slight variations for 20 years. The Brazuca design is available in a range of price points from $29.99 to the match version being used in Brazil at $159.99.