The name and design of the Official Match Ball for the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 was unveiled on Saturday at the Draw in Sao Paulo. This is only the second time that a specifically-designed ball has been launched for the so-called 'Festival of Champions'.
The Cafusa* *name combines three symbols which are at the core of Brazilian culture – carnival, football and samba. Together with the vibrant colour scheme, the ball is a true reflection of the Brazilian national identity, with a particular focus on the southern cross constellation represented in the Brazilian flag.
“Unveiling the Official Ball of the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 is a big moment for us” said Rodrigo Messias, Director of the Project 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™. “Brazilians are passionate about football and we wanted to deliver an inspirational ball for this competition. We are very pleased with the adidas Cafusa, the final product has strong Brazilian elements in place throughout the design."
To showcase the new football to all Brazilians there will be an exhibition of ten giant balls, each two metres in diameter, which will travel across the country until the end of June 2013. The balls will begin their journey in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro before heading on to the other Host Cities of the FIFA Confederations Cup 2013 - Recife, Fortaleza, Salvador, Brasilia and Belo Horizonte.
The adidas Cafusa will make its on pitch debut at the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2012, which takes place between 6 and 16 December.