5 Dec 2013

"Brazuca" ready for kickoff in Brazil

6:15 am on 5 December 2013

The official ball to be used at next year's football World Cup, "The Brazuca", has been unveiled in Rio de Janeiro to the samba sounds of drums and cymbals.

First to show off their skills with the new ball in a ceremony at a park in the city were the former Brazilian skipper Cafu and Dutchman Clarence Seedorf, currently playing in Rio.

Cafu said the 100 percent Brazilian ball, which has all the characteristics and colours of the host country, is fantastic.

The ball underwent two and half years of testing by 600 players and 30 teams throughout the world.