The Science of the ‘Brazuca’

8:50 minutes

This week, the 2014 World Cup kicked off with a new, specially designed soccer ball: the Brazuca. Adidas is touting its new ball as the latest in sports technology, but will it fare better than its World Cup predecessor, Adidas’ “Jabulani,” which apparently flew like a “knuckleball” and was detested by players? Sports researcher Simon Choppin explains what science can tell us about the Brazuca’s prospects.

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Simon Choppin

Simon Choppin is a research fellow at the Centre for Sports Engineering Research at Sheffield Hallam University in Sheffield, England.

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