Scotland Manager Craig Levein apparently pays keen attention to the equipment that the Scottish National Team uses, and unlike many managers, actually wants to do something about it.
When Scotland take on Spain at Hampden Park next month, Levein will be seeking permission from adidas to use a football that is not a Jabulani.
Levein cites the players opinion on the ball as reason for a change:
“You might laugh and say this is an excuse but this isn’t after the game, this is in training before the game. The ball has got a film on it, which means that it sticks. The players wanted the pitch watered to let the ball run across the pitch a bit better.
“We are under contract to adidas but I don’t know if Adidas have another ball we can use. I will ask the question and see what they say.”
Obviously we don’t need to recap the furore that surrounded the Jabulani‘s usage in the World Cup, but it’s very interesting to see the Scottish FA actively trying to get the ball replaced.
As a competitive match between two adidas-sponsored teams, you can bet that adidas won’t be willing to give up the Jabulani without a fight – and we imagine after just winning a World Cup with the oft-maligned football Spain won’t be too happy about it being replaced either.
We also worry about the dangerous precedent this could set for adidas with other national FA’s. If adidas bend to Levein’s suggestion, it could see other managers requesting to change pieces of equipment – which could really damage adidas’ image.
If you were in adidas’ shoes – what would you say to Levein and the SFA? What would be the ideal outcome for both parties?
Get your opinion out there in the comments below!