‘Brazuca’ : The new FIFA World Cup ball unveiled

Sports goods manufacturer Adidas unveiled the new ball for 2014 World Cup – called the Brazuca,” in honor of Brazil at a ceremony in Rio de Janeiro. Adidas has been following the tradition of providing the official ball for every World Cup tournament since 1970. 

What does Brazuca mean?

The word “Brazuca” has a dual meaning, used as a term for Brazilians living overseas – including its many footballers – but also as slang used to describe national pride or anything “Brazilianish”.  The ball is decorated with a ribbon design in shades of blue, gold and green, which the manufacturer says represents the traditional “wish bracelets” worn in Brazil.
The ball will be introduced in the inaugural game of FIFA World Cup 2014 on June 12, 2014 in Sao Paulo, and will be played with until the final on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

Previously, Adidas manufactured a ball named “Jabulani” for the FIFA World Cup 2010 in held in South Africa.

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India to host 2017 under-17 FIFA World Cup

The Under-17 FIFA World Cup 2017 tournament will be hosted by India. India bagged the landmark rights by beating other bidders like South Africa, Ireland and Uzbekistan.

As a host nation India will get the opportunity to participate in the 24-nation biennial mega event for the first time. This will be the biggest ever football tournament India will be hosting and the first FIFA event in the country’s history. Previously, India has hosted Asian Football Co federation’s Youth Championships (Under-20) in 2006 and then the AFC Challenge Cup in 2008 but never any FIFA tournament.

This year’s (2013) tournament was hosted by the United Arab Emirates while Chile will be the host country for the 2015 edition.

FIFA president
Sepp Blatter supported India hosting the event and wants India to build the required infrastructure and facilities.

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