RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The new ball for next year's World Cup — called the "Brazuca," in honor of Brazil, of course — was unveiled at a ceremony Tuesday in Rio de Janeiro.
"Brazuca" has a double meaning, used as a term for Brazilians living abroad, but also as slang to describe national pride.
Manufacturer Adidas says the ball offers "breakthrough innovation" featuring what it calls a "revolutionary six-panel design."
The ball is decorated with a ribbon design in shades of blue, gold and green, which Adidas says symbolizes the traditional "wish bracelets" worn in Brazil.
The ball makes its debut on June 12 in the opening game in Sao Paulo, and the tour ends July 13 at the final in Rio de Janeiro.