September 3 - The official match ball for the 2014 World Cup finals will be named Brazuca, a term used by Brazilians to describe national pride in the country's way of life and which symbolises emotion and pride.
FIFA, the Local Organising Committee and Official Partner adidas (pictured) jointly revealed the name following a public vote by over one million Brazilian football fans.
The ball will be called the adidas Brazuca after receiving 70 per cent of the vote; the other two options were Bossa Nova and Carnavalesca.
"I'm delighted that Brazilian football fans have had the opportunity to play their part in deciding the name of one of the event's most important symbols," said FIFA secretary general Jérôme Valcke.
"I'm sure that the Brazuca ball will go down in history together with other iconic FIFA World Cup balls, such as the Tango in Argentina in 1978 and the Azteca in Mexico in 1986."
Although the name of the ball is now public knowledge, it is not yet ready for public viewing, with testing taking place worldwide involving several clubs and football associations.
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