Brazilians Name 2014 World Cup Ball ‘Brazuca’

SAO PAULO (AP) — FIFA says Brazilians have decided to name the 2014 World Cup ball “Brazuca,” an informal word often used to describe national pride in the South American country.

FIFA says more than one million people voted to select the ball’s name, with 70 percent picking the term.

Soccer’s governing body says the name “symbolizes emotion, pride and goodwill to all,” mirroring Brazil’s “approach to football.”

Adidas, the official World Cup ball supplier since 1970, says two other names had made the final list — Bossa Nova and Carnavalesca.

FIFA said Sunday it was the first time fans were directly involved in the naming of the World Cup ball, which is still being developed and tested with several clubs and associations worldwide.

Source: Associated Press