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2014 FIFA World Cup Official Match Ball, the Adidas Brazuca, launched by Cafu, Hernane and Clarence Seedorf at the Parque Lage

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The 2014 FIFA World Cup Official Match Ball, the Adidas Brazuca, was launched at the Parque Lage in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday.

Brazil legend Cafu, Flamengo forward Hernane and Botafogo’s Clarence Seedorf helped proceedings, which included a 3D light projection show.

FIFA insist the ball has been heavily tested by numerous international players.

“The Brazuca, which means 'Brazilian' and refers to the Brazilian way of life, is the most-tested adidas ball in history,” states FIFA.com. “It was, over a two-and-a-half-year period, tried out by over 600 of the world’s top players or former players including Iker Casillas, Dani Alves, Lionel Messi, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Zinedine Zidane, and 30 teams in ten countries across three continents. 

“The Brazuca was also used at a selection of international football matches, albeit with a different design, including a friendly between Sweden and Argentina last February.”

Barcelona defender Daniel Alves has praised the way the ball plays.

““My first impression of the Brazuca is of a ball that is fantastic, and we're going to have a lot of fun with it,” he told FIFA.com. “Adidas has created an incredible-looking ball fitting for a tournament as big as the FIFA World Cup. 

“Most importantly, it plays well on the ground and in the air. I'm sure all the players will love it! It's increased my levels of excitement even further and I honestly can’t wait for the opening game!”

As part of the launch, Adidas made any child born in Brazil on the 3rd December entitled to a free Brazuca.

 
 

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