New soccer ball for 2014 World Cup

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Prepare for a feast of goals, gaffes, and super-fast football action with this wacky, soccer-ized mash-up of air-hockey and pinball! Football Heads 2014 World Cup is a fast and furious skill-based game for kids & teens where you must outscore your opponent in a hectic two-minute game of ‘football heads’. Much like an eccentric version of table-football, this is a fun activity where you control a miniature bobble-headed soccer player, and must force the ball into your opponents net (by any means possible) to score a goal. You can score by kicking, heading, deflecting, pushing, and rebounding the ball in from all angles!

Featuring all 32 countries that qualified for the real-life World Cup in 2014, you get the opportunity to play as a mini-version of some of your favorite real-life soccer stars (Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar, Klose, Benzema, Rooney, and more!). There is also a 2 Player Mode where you can challenge your friends and family members!

Sharp reactions and...

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Pakistan produces FIFA World Cup Brazuca ball
Pakistan has a major role to play in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Although not as a representative nation, the new Brazuca ball has Pakistan’s endorsement on it.
By Sid Selant • June 8, 2014
Pakistan produces FIFA World Cup Brazuca ball | DESIblitz


"It was a matter of great pride that the World Cup footballs were provided by a Pakistani company."
When the 2014 FIFA World Cup kicks off in...

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With just six panels and a rough surface, physicists have put those balls to the test, to see just how well they fly.

World Cup soccer balls used to be not much different from regular soccer balls—32 leather panels stitched together by hand. But the balls used in World Cup tournaments have been distinctive since 2006, when Adidas unveiled the Teamgeist, made of just 14 panels that had been glued together rather than stitched. The company has been introducing new World Cup balls ever since: the eight-panel Jabulani ball in 2010 and for the 2014 games—which begin on June 12 in...

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Players in the 2014 FIFA World Cup may find their kicks sending the ball flying true, according to new research on the physics of the official World Cup soccer ball.

Conventional soccer balls are made of 32 pentagonal and hexagonal panels, but the 2014 World Cup ball is a model called the Brazuca, made by Adidas. The Brazuca has only six panels, a design that gives it superior stability to other balls on the market, according to the new study published today (May 29) in the journal Scientific Reports.

Traditional soccer balls, with their honeycomb-like stitching, are iconic. Nevertheless, manufacturers have been playing with the 32-panel design in recent years. The Adidas Teamgeist II, for example, has 14 panels and was used in the 2008 Euro Cup. The Jabulani has only eight panels and was widely criticized in the 2010 World Cup by players, who said that its flight path was unpredictable. [Twisted Physics: 7 Mind-Blowing Findings]

Testing the...

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United States Women’s National soccer team captain Christie Rampone is celebrated with hometown parade in Manasquan. STAFF VIDEO BY THOMAS P. COSTELLO

Former multi-sport star at Point Pleasant Boro High School and Monmouth University standout Christie Rampone will be honored by U.S. Soccer this spring for her legendary career.

The longtime women's national team captain will receive her moment before the United States faces England in the SheBelieves Cup on March 4 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison.

Rampone's final international match came in September 2015 against Haiti after winning the 2015 Women's World Cup earlier that year. She is a three-time Olympic gold medalist and two-time Women's World Cup champion.

"I really couldn't have asked for more from my career with the National Team, not only on the field but also in the relationships I made and the life experiences I was fortunate enough to have," Rampone said in a release by U.S. Soccer. "As a...

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Every year the newest version of the World Cup soccer ball causes a stir. Now physicists have put those balls to the test, to see just how well they fly.

World Cup soccer balls used to be not much different from regular soccer balls—32 leather panels stitched together by hand. But the balls used in World Cup tournaments have been distinctive since 2006, when Adidas unveiled the Teamgeist, made of just 14 panels that had been glued together rather than stitched. The company has been introducing new World Cup balls ever since: the eight-panel Jabulani ball in 2010 and for the 2014 games—which begin on June 12 in...

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The 2014 World Cup will be starting soon and with it comes a newer and better ball from the folks at Adidas. If you remember, players were not too happy with the 2010 World Cup ball called “Jabulani”. The new ball is named “Brazuca”, a term used to describe the Brazilian national pride and Brazilian way of life centered around the game of football. The name is a symbol of Brazilian emotion and goodwill to all which Pele himself could have been a spokesperson for and fits perfectly for the host nation, Brazil.

Physics

The physics of a soccer ball in flight, like any other object, is subject to the amount of drag it experiences. The less interaction of outside forces, the more aerodynamic the flight of the ball. Similar to cars and planes aerodynamically designed for better performance due to methods used to reduce friction, Adidas has crafted a new ball that has been tested to outperform its predecessor.

Jabulani Failure

2010 Jabulani

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The practice of introducing new soccer balls every year is almost entirely driven by commercial interests (notwithstanding the heritage and memorability reasons). FIFA and the World Cup's organizing bodies enter into numerous sponsorship deals(such as Official Beverage etc) and the Official World Cup Ball is just one of the bigger deals.

Every new ball brings with it a new set of variables such as speed, swerve and consistency that take getting used. So, going by purely the interest of the game, a new ball every World Cup is extremely detrimental to the players and the teams.

But with FIFA raking in millions of dollars with the sale of the Official Ball rights, this is a healthy win-win practice that shall continue.

No figure has been put on the value of the deal, though the last adidas deal for the 2010 and 2014 World Cup tournaments was reckoned to be worth $350 million.

You can read more on this here.

Adidas gets humongous amounts of...

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After a controversial ball design for the 2010 World Cup, adidas' 2014 creation, the Brazuca ball, is better suited for Brazil's climate according to researchers.

Players during the World Cup in South Africa complained about the makeup of the Jabulani, the ball specifically designed for the 2010 matches.

Each ball has a distinct speed that once hit, the path will no longer be predictable, even to the most seasoned player.

According to Adrian Kiratidis, Ph.D. candidate at the University of Adelaide in Australia, once the Jabulani reached a speed between 55 and 70 kph (34 and 43 mph), players would not have been able to determine the direction the ball would travel.

"This is why the complaints about 'beach ball' behavior were justified," said Kiratidis.

The Brazuca, the new ball, gives more reaction time as it loses control near the 35-55 kph (21-34 mph) range.

Kiratidis and his colleague, Derek Leinweber, have studied past world...

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When you look at the World Cup soccer ball, you might notice that it’s a bit different from what you’re used to seeing on the field. Instead of 32 leather pieces stitched together like a traditional soccer ball or 14- or eight-panel balls used in the last few years for the World Cup, the games that begin next month in Brazil will use a six-panel ball.

Physicists from the University of Tsukuba recently got together to test the differences between these balls are sharing how they think it could impact the game.

“There have […] been few studies on the aerodynamic properties of balls constructed from different numbers and shapes of panels,” the study authors wrote in their abstract published on Scientific Reports.

Using wind tunnels and a kick robot, the researchers evaluated the relationship between the panel shape and orientation on aerodynamics and flight characteristics.

“We observed a correlation between the wind tunnel test results and the actual...

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