Last week we ran a poll questioning how many of you were concerned about the new World Cup ball – the adidas Jabulani
It turns out, not that many!
The same, cannot be said for the stars of the World Cup – as they’ve turned out in droves after the most recent round of international friendlies to have a right old moan.
Kicking things off was Brazil’s Julio Cesar: “It’s terrible, horrible,” said Cesar after training “It’s like one of those balls you buy in the supermarket.”
Brazil’s goalkeeping coach Wendell also chipped in, when he said the new ball was highly unpredictable when hit from long range. “The danger for goalkeepers is when they come off their line,” he said. “They need to stay in a safe place otherwise the ball will drop behind them (and into the goal).”
Luis Fabiano was also on hand to lay into the new adidas ball: œIt™s very weird, all of a sudden it changes trajectory on you. It™s like it doesn™t want to be kicked. It™s incredible, it™s like someone is guiding it. You are going to kick it and it moves out of the way. I think it™s supernatural, it™s very bad.
If it’s not enough having the FIFA-Ranked Number one team in the world complaining about it, current World Cup holders Italy also have something to say about it.
Pazzini and the Jabulani in happier times
Giampaolo Pazzini noted over the weekend:
“The balls are a disaster, both for goalkeepers and attackers, It moves so much and makes it difficult to control. You jump up to head a cross and suddenly the ball will move and you miss it.
“It is especially bad for the goalkeepers if it means they concede a goal because they can’t judge the trajectory,” he said. “It is like one of those balls you buy at the supermarket.”
In addition to Julio Cesar, that makes Pazzini another of the World’s best players who have, apparently, bought footballs from supermarkets in the past, then!
In addition, Iker Casillas of Tournament favourites Spain also slammed the Jabulani:
“It™s a bit like a beachball! It’s sad that that such an important competition like the World Cup has such an important element like this ball of appalling condition.”
Word from the Socceroo‘s camp isn’t too good either, as Australia’s ‘Big Man’ Josh Kennedy also had some complaints too:
“It’s difficult. You anticipate it’s going to come to you and then it moves away from you, in that sense it’s hard to judge things. You need to keep your eye on things.
“It’s good we’ve got two weeks here and we can see how it moves and get used to it.”
Defender Michael Beauchamp also said defenders would struggle to handle crosses into the box.
“They seem to get caught up somewhere up there. You think they’re coming to you and they move at the last second,”