FIFA World Cup Goal Production Increasing With Brazuca

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FIFA’s World Cup scoring in on a tear, with many soccer fans explaining the huge production in goals is because of the Brazuca, the new style of ball used in this year’s World Cup. While the goals are still pouring in, so far there have been more goals scored in 2014 than in any other World Cup tournament since 1970.

According to Benjamin Baer, a reporter for MLSsoccer.com, during the 2014 FIFA World Cup, there have been 73 goals scored in just 25 matches. That rate is approximately three goals per game, while the total goal scored during the last world cup was just above two.

“There is a goal explosion taking place in this year’s World Cup,” said Baer.

There are many theories behind the increased goal production, including how the game has matured over the years. For example, Baer explained past tournaments emphasized defense as the primary strategy to take the trophy. In fact, in the past four World Cup tournaments, the ultimate champion allowed just two goals in seven matches.

“The theory back then was that the best defense would win, and in many cases that was true,” said Baer.

In this year’s World Cup tournament, however, teams are emphasizing aggressive offense, combining sophisticated tactical movement with well-researched game-day strategy to unleash a torrent of goal scoring. Baer explained that there is no doubt that this year’s World Cup will be one of the highest scoring and exciting tournaments in decades.

However, another prevailing theory is rampant among experts. This year’s FIFA World Cup goal production has increased because of the Brazuca, the official soccer ball of the 2014 World Cup tournament.

FIFAAccording to ABC news, the design of the Brazuca is entirely different from balls of past World Cup tournaments. For one thing, the ball’s design is unlike any other soccer ball constructed in the past. Instead of the normal ball that usually has 32 hexagon patches all stitched together, the Brazuca has only six patches that are stretched across the ball like swatches of paint and attached internally with no external stitching. This revolutionary design is one of the most aerodynamic soccer balls in history, explained ABC news, making the Brazuca a key reason why goal production has increased during this year’s FIFA World Cup.

“It is the most advanced soccer ball ever made,” according to ABC news.

A good design on paper is always the best way to undertake any new project, but the Brazuca design went beyond the theoretical, and was put to the most aggressive testing of any soccer ball in the world. According to CNN reporter, Sarah Holt, the Brazuca is the most thoroughly tested soccer ball in history.

Created by Adidas, the Brazuca was sent to three different continents and played with by more than 500 players in nearly one dozen countries. The name Brazuca comes from a Brazilian expression which describes the joy of life.

“Adidas, which has been official supplier of balls for the World Cup since 1970,” said Holt.

Holt explained that Argentinean and Spanish national teams as well teams in the German Bundesliga and England’s Premier League tested the Brazuca. It was also tested in diverse seasons and climates, including wet and gusty, windy conditions, explained Holt.

“The ball was also tested in Sao Paulo and in the Rocky Mountains of the United States to see how it performed in high altitudes,” said Holt.

As a result of the extensive research, the Adidas Brazuca flies faster, more accurately, easier to dribble and can be passed like a well struck cue ball, smoothly and directly at a target. In short, the FIFA World Cup’s Brazuca may kick the game of soccer up a notch, and even increase the goal production during this year’s tournament.

By Vincent Aviani

Sources:

ABC News

MLS Soccer

CNN

9 Responses to FIFA World Cup Goal Production Increasing With Brazuca

  1. Naim July 2, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Keith, a 32 panel stitched ball contains hexagon and pentagon panels /patches for your corrections.

    Mr. Vincent, aerodynamic testing done (i.e. speed, directional change,may I ask where that testing is done, which wind tunnel? or how?.

    Making a ball aerodnamic ball does not means it’s properties as directional changes, speed etc may be better ) then a tradtional stiched ball.
    The ball is bit better corrected then Brazuca a is adjusted abit better then , previous Jubliani Ball though. But can still not beat stiched ball in performance though, It is not Adidas who have made developed the technolgy but Mr. Shieshdo whom I know well.

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    • Vincent Aviani July 2, 2014 at 9:00 am

      Hi Naim: Specifically, the Brazuca was tested by NASA scientists at the Ames Research Center. The scientist’s employed a wind tunnel, water channel in collaboration with lasers and florescent dye to clearly show and simulate the forces that were acting on the ball when it was in flight. Rabi Mehta, Chief of the Experimental Aero-Physics Branch was in charge of testing.
      Thanks for reading.

      Vincent

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  2. Keith June 30, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    I think you’re way off the ball here Vincent. You refer to a normal ball with “32 hexagon patches all stitched together”!!!! FFS when was the last World Cup or premier league game anywhere in the world played with a ball that had “32 hexagon patches all stitched together”?

    Plus even worse, you’re implying causality where there is none. This is an article with no basis in fact whatsoever that the “FIFA World Cup Goal Production (is) Increasing With Brazuca”. If it is the reason, then give us some factual basis for it – speed, directional change etc. In fact I would argue the exact opposite since in this world cup there have been fewer goals scored from direct free kicks as a percentage of goals scored – which is the most obvious impact that the positive effect of a new ball on goal scoring would be seen.

    Come on man! Do a bit of work on an article.

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    • Vincent Aviani June 30, 2014 at 7:29 pm

      Interesting thoughts, Keith. The fact is there are references in my article to the amount aerodynamic testing done (i.e. speed, directional change, etc.) I wish I had access to these figures, but I’d probably have to get a job with Adidas. The closest source I could get was a rep with Adidas that makes the ball. The fact is my friend, this year’s World Cup has produced more goals to date than in the tournament’s history….nearly 50 to date!!!

      However, I will sustain your argument on free kicks. The fact is you are correct in stating that free kicks are indeed a very accurate measurement of how a ball will react in mid-air flight.

      In short, I’m just making the connection between the most high tech ball ever made and the most prolific number of goals scored. Color me silly.

      Thanks for reading Keith.

      Vincent

      Reply
  3. Wizzard June 23, 2014 at 5:52 am

    I believe this goal is the best in the tournament..BY FAR!!

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  4. lesliegraham1 June 23, 2014 at 1:15 am

    After the appaling debacle of the World Cup in South Africa this years competition is amazing by comparison. Great noisy crowds close to the pitch and a decent ball.
    The continuous and mindless cacophony of those absurd South African vuvuzelas drowned out every last bit of crowd atmosphere and made the games unwatchable on TV,
    I ended up watching the games with the sound turned off but that was no fun either, In the end I just gave up watching altogether – and I’m a lifelong football fanatic.
    Lord knows how many curious newbies were put off for life.
    And that’s not to even mention that the uncontrollable ball made free kicks simply tiresome and pointless as it was a forgone conclusion that the ball was going to land in row Z every single time.

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    • Vincent Aviani June 23, 2014 at 8:39 am

      Great insight, there Leslie. The new ball represents a BIG change in the game of soccer. Thanks for reading and commenting!
      Vincent

      Reply
  5. Rick June 22, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    That is an extremely interesting and cool story. I hadn’t heard about the new ball. Good story, good explanation.

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    • Vincent Aviani June 23, 2014 at 8:40 am

      Rick:
      I really appreciate your comments. Thanks for reading.
      Vincent

      Reply

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