The Telegraph
Wednesday , May 28 , 2014
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In Brazil, it’ll be a different ball game

New Delhi: Technology will touch a new high in the upcoming Fifa World Cup in Brazil as the Brazuca balls, to be used in the mega event, will come with six in-built HD cameras capturing a 360 degree view of the on-field action.

Encapsulating everything that is Brazil and its passion for the game, the ball has shades of blue, orange and green, and stars on it, reflecting the vibrancy and flair associated with the game in Brazil.

Brazuca is the 12th ball created by sportswear giants Adidas, but its last World Cup creation, Jabulani, which was used in the 2010 competition in South Africa, was heavily criticised for its unpredictability in the air due to its lighter weight. Adidas, though, claimed that this time the ball will be much better, with improved touch and accuracy.

Adidas officials said here that the technology involves a new structural innovation with a unique symmetry of six identical panels alongside a different surface structure that will provide improved grip, touch, stability and aerodynamics on the pitch.

Brazucam is a customised Brazuca official match ball featuring six HD cameras that capture 360 degree view of the action. The product features custom-made image stabilisation software at the cutting edge of innovation.

It is created by six propeller-shaped polyurethane panels being thermally bonded together.

Between the seams the Brazuca also has a different geometry to different balls, which aerodynamics experts believe, will help it remain more stable in the air.

Brazuca went through a thorough testing process over a two-and-a-half year period involving more than 600 of the world’s top players and 30 teams in 10 countries across three continents, making it the most tested ball ever by Adidas and ensuring that it is suited to all conditions.

Around 600 players from across 30 professional and national teams in 10 countries were used during what was a thorough testing process. The ball weighs 437 grams and has a water absorption rate of 0.2%, meaning it can retain its shape, size and weight even in the rain.

The name Brazuca, meaning the Brazilian way of life, was chosen by over 1 million football fans in September 2012.

Last week, Wayne Rooney was relieved to report that Brazuka is much better than the troublesome Jabulani of four years ago.

The ball made almost as many headlines as the matches in South Africa, where players complained en masse about the Adidas creation for its unpredictable nature.

Fortunately, though, it looks like the focus can be on the football itself in Brazil, with Rooney giving the Brazuca the thumbs up.

“That ball was really difficult,” Rooney said of the Jabulani.

Interestingly, Pakistan, the 159th-ranked football nation and a country known as a cricketing nation, will be exporting the soccer balls to Brazil.

When Fifa World Cup’s Chinese supplier failed to keep up with the demand of soccer balls in Rio de Janeiro, a Sialkot ball manufacturing company then stepped in and got the contract.

It was when he felt the roar of the crowd at the 2006 World Cup in Germany that Pakistani factory owner Khawaja Akhtar first dreamt up a goal of his own: To manufacture the ball for the biggest soccer tournament on the planet.

Last year he finally got his chance — but only 33 days to make it happen.