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World Cup 2014: The science behind Brazuca

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Designing a football should be easy enough, or so one would presume, but a lot of engineering and principles of basic physics go into the process to make sure the ball is aerodynamically sound.

Brazuca, the ball that will be used in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, is the 12th designed by Adidas for the event since 1970. The materials have changed from leather to polyurethane, the number of panels has decreased from 32 to six, the water resistance has been increased. The evolution of the World Cup ball has been fraught with controversies.

The revolutionary design of the Jabulani, the football used in the 2010 South Africa World Cup, drew much criticism from players and experts for being unstable and unpredictable. The possible flaw, according to many, was that this ball had just eight panels—some players compared it to a beach ball. Adidas went a step further and gave the Brazuca just six panels, but took measures to make it stable and predictable, keeping in mind principles of physics like drag force and critical speed. Mint reviews the stability of the Brazuca, 15 days before the 2014 FIFA World Cup kicks off.

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