It seems that initial fears about the adidas Jabulani’s unpredictability aren’t exactly fading away.
Many of you will remember a debate that we had here on Footy-Boots.com a while back on whether it was time we left football design alone. This debate was spurred after complaints had arisen at the start of the MLS season about the new Jabulani that the teams are using for the first time this season.
Coach Capello has more Jabulani’s than he knows what to do with – but he’s not happy with them
Now, after an extensive week’s training with the adidas World Cup Ball, Fabio Capello has raised concerns on behalf of his players:
Capello said: “We selected Austria so that the players would understand more the way the ball behaves. It’s completely different.
“Irdning is not as high as Johannesburg or Rustenburg but still the ball movement is completely new. That is why the players have to use the ball every day in training. That will be really important.
“I’ve seen that the ball arrives really fast and the players are having problems controlling it. For the goalkeepers it is terrible because it is always moving.
“For this reason every training session ends with shooting practice at the keepers, to prepare the players for the movement of the ball.”
So, Capello’s main concerns are the speed and the flight of ball. We’ve heard from the MLS and the Bundesliga that the Jabulani‘s flight is wobbly and unpredictable, but the news form the England camp that the ball ‘arrives too fast’ is the first we’ve heard.
The question we want answering from you all, though, is this: Are these qualities good things?
Many would argue that a ball that rockets through the air or along the ground encourages the game to be the quickest that it can be.
I don’t think there’s a football fan alive that would not love a World Cup where every cross-field ball arrowed through the air towards the attacker, or when a team launches a counter a attack with a through-ball gliding past the defence.
Could the Jabulani be too fast for even the lightning-quick Aaron Lennon?
As for the unpredictability, if you look back to the last World Cup – which were the two goals that people watch on Youtube again and again, even to this day?
Maxi Rodriguez against Mexico and Joe Cole against Sweden – why? Because of their unpredictability! Both strikes came out of nowhere, slammed into the top corner – its the sort of goal everyone who’s ever kicked a football dreams of scoring at the World Cup!
Others would say that the ball moving awkwardly through the air is distinctly a bad thing. Goals flying in that should have been simple for the keeper, due to a wobble on the ball upset the spirit of the game.
So is this inherent unpredictability a bad thing?
We want to know what you think! Tell us what you’ve read, whether you’ve played with the Jabulani or whether you reckon you can tell us why this ball, more than any other, is taking such stick? [poll id=”33″]