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Old June 6th, 2010, 02:55 AM   #1
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Jabulani Concerns

Jabulani is a 'rotten' ball, says Casillas Source: Global Times Spain's football stars panned the World Cup's official match ball "Jabulani" as they trained in Austria Monday, arguing it was too quick and hard to grasp.
"It's sad that an event as important as the World Cup has such a rotten ball," Spain's keeper and captain Iker Casillas noted from his squad's training camp in Austria.
"This new generation of balls is very fast and it isn't just the goalkeepers who are complaining," he was quoted as saying by the Austria Press Agency.
The ball rather resembled a beach ball, the Real Madrid player said, insisting however that there was still time to get used to it.
"We still have ten days until the World Cup."
Teammate Xavi Hernandez had similar concerns.
"It's true that it is really fast. But we have to adjust as quickly as possible," he noted.
The ball already drew criticism last week from 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.
"It's a very particular ball... and when you hold it in your hands, it feels heavier, it moves more than a normal ball."
"It has a special texture, which makes it impossible to catch when it's wet."
"It's hard to calculate its trajectory, which is unpredictable," added Bravo, noting that match balls that moved "in strange ways" were increasingly complicating things for keepers.



Ok is this ball really that bad or is it just the pressure building to find fault. Hopefully we wont be seeing a beachball tournament at the world cup.
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Old June 6th, 2010, 06:11 AM   #2
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A ball is a ball....i dont know why all the goalkeepers are whining....they need to shut the hell up and keep it out of the net.
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Old June 6th, 2010, 10:15 AM   #3
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All I can say is that this is pure bull-sh!t!. Where were they all this time. I know they gave them the ball long time ago to test it only for them to turn back and talk such crap. Damn these crazy people. Must they always find something against africans. What they don't know is that South African Footbal Association did not mint the ball.

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Jabulani is a 'rotten' ball, says Casillas Source: Global Times Spain's football stars panned the World Cup's official match ball "Jabulani" as they trained in Austria Monday, arguing it was too quick and hard to grasp.
"It's sad that an event as important as the World Cup has such a rotten ball," Spain's keeper and captain Iker Casillas noted from his squad's training camp in Austria.
"This new generation of balls is very fast and it isn't just the goalkeepers who are complaining," he was quoted as saying by the Austria Press Agency.
The ball rather resembled a beach ball, the Real Madrid player said, insisting however that there was still time to get used to it.
"We still have ten days until the World Cup."
Teammate Xavi Hernandez had similar concerns.
"It's true that it is really fast. But we have to adjust as quickly as possible," he noted.
The ball already drew criticism last week from 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.
"It's a very particular ball... and when you hold it in your hands, it feels heavier, it moves more than a normal ball."
"It has a special texture, which makes it impossible to catch when it's wet."
"It's hard to calculate its trajectory, which is unpredictable," added Bravo, noting that match balls that moved "in strange ways" were increasingly complicating things for keepers.



Ok is this ball really that bad or is it just the pressure building to find fault. Hopefully we wont be seeing a beachball tournament at the world cup.
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Old June 6th, 2010, 10:25 AM   #4
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So true!
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Old June 6th, 2010, 03:02 PM   #5
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This ball is doing things that you would never expect.The Australians say you can't inswing the Jabulani from a free kick as they would normally.The strikers and keepers are totally misjudging the flight of the ball by a number of METRES.Also ,I watched in disbelief yesterday as the ball would take a certain path and about halfway along would wickedly move the other way.

Having said that-its the absolute same for everyone.
All power to firstly the Germans who played with the Jabulani all season in the Bundesliga,and secondly the Americans who also used it this year.I suggest that these 2 teams will go further than most folks might otherwise expect
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the ball was designed to score goals... that is whats needed in football today...every team has to deal with the ball...adapt or shut the F up!!!
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thats bullshit. just look at tshabalala
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Old June 6th, 2010, 03:38 PM   #8
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the ball was designed to score goals... that is whats needed in football today...every team has to deal with the ball...adapt or shut the F up!!!
It is a major adaptation though.Its totally unpredictable.I saw the US keeper misjudge by 8 metres yesterday and Josh Kennedy who usually eats headers up from 2 metres out from a cross totally misread the flight by 2 metres.
The teams should have focused far more on this ages ago
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It is a major adaptation though.Its totally unpredictable.I saw the US keeper misjudge by 8 metres yesterday and Josh Kennedy who usually eats headers up from 2 metres out from a cross totally misread the flight by 2 metres.
The teams should have focused far more on this ages ago
The ball hasn't had many complaints tbh, considering it was used in the ACON and the bundesliga since december,

its only this last month where teams have been complaining, and at the moment all the teams are in high altitude training camps, and it has always been known that under high altitudes balls seem to react different than usual,

this was problem in the mexico world cup aswell and also a reason why teams in high altitudes tend to have a very good home record and a worst away record
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the exact same thing happened before the last world cup. to me it's part of the build up. you don't lose a world cup because of the ball. all teams are using the same ball, so they should stop complaining and focus on playing better than the other teams.
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the exact same thing happened before the last world cup. to me it's part of the build up. you don't lose a world cup because of the ball. all teams are using the same ball, so they should stop complaining and focus on playing better than the other teams.
agreed...some teams have used the ball to their advantage as they`ve sussed it out...ie Japan..other...cluelesss...ie ENGLAND.
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