Let the fun begin!
So here are some words of irritation in relation to the World Cup ball, which is apparently the roundest football ever!
Denmark coach Morten Olsen after their 1-0 friendly defeat at the hands of Australia: “We played with an impossible ball and we need to get used to it.” (BBC Sport)
Should point out that Australia did of course use an entirely different ball when they had control of possession!
Gianluigi Buffon: “I noticed the first day that this ball wasn’t right. The World Cup brings together the best players in the world and to those players you must provide something decent. The new ball is not decent.”
So there you have it. The World Cup ball is ‘not decent’
Iker Casillas: “It’s sad that an event as important as the World Cup has such a rotten ball,”
The Spaniard takes things one step further than his Italian counterpart. Rotten is officially one step below ‘not decent’
Chile keeper Claudio Bravo, who compared it to a beach volley ball, “very quick and hard to catch”.
“They created it to make life difficult for keepers, so they make more mistakes and there are more goals,” the Real Sociedad player told journalists.
Well surely that’s fine then. If the ball was made to make life difficult for keepers why didn’t they bring out a football that explodes on impact?
You may have seen a theme developing here. Yes these are all quotes from keepers, but hang on. Here are some thoughts on the ball from an Italian striker.
Giampaolo Pazzini said: “The new ball is a disaster for strikers. Its fast and it weighs less than a normal ball.”
The way these guys are going on about it you would think the new ball was in fact a balloon. Should be fun to see the football in action in South Africa where you can factor in altitude issues which must make this joke of a football practically unusable. The Jabulani football itself declined to comment on the issue.
Here are some other thoughts on the football, clearly these guys were impressed but then again this was an Adidas ad! Oh and whilst we are on the subject, why did we need a new football? Its not like someone decides to create a new goalpost every World Cup.