Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas has added his voice to the long list of shot-stoppers who are unhappy with many of the football’s used in today’s top competitions.
In particular, Casillas was critical of the Champions League ball, the adidas Finale 9, which he described as having an untrue flight which made life extremely difficult for goalkeepers.
In an interview with the Spanish sports daily AS, Casillas said:
I am sorry but it has got to the stage where it just can’t be allowed to continue.
How they make the balls makes things difficult these days, particularly the one for the Champions League. The flight is terrible, you saw that at the Confederations Cup and the European Championship.
The ball used in the league is a bit better, it can do strange things but not many. The other one is a complete disaster.
Responding the goalkeeper’s criticism, adidas issue Footy Boots with an exclusive quote which said:
adidas have provided match balls for the world’s three premium football competitions in the Champions League, Europa League and the World Cup since 1970, which stands them in good stead to produce balls which meet the very high demands of modern football.
' adidas, together with Uefa, have designed the official match ball for this seasons Champions League competition – the Finale 9. The ball features PSC-texture technology that increases control but also increases grip for outfield players and goalkeepers.
All match balls are put through rigorous testing from Fifa and have to meet strict guidelines before they are approved for usage.