There is one thing you can be certain of at every World Cup; the players will complain about the effect of the new technology used in producing the latest type of footballs being used. ข่าวฟุตบอล
In an era now consigned to history, the ball was made of leather which got heavier when it was wet and was even held together by thick laces, something that is almost impossible to believe when inspecting the modern, light synthetic ball.
The loudest complaints are often heard from goalkeepers, that rather odd breed who suffer from the most erratic of behaviour. They are prone to throwing their toys around at anything they don’t like and their understanding, sympathetic coaches are often seen wrapping a consoling arm around the poor dears’ shoulders while whispering the words “there, there” in an attempt to calm down their last line of defence.
However, we mustn’t disregard totally the thoughts and opinions of our goalkeepers. After all, they could win you the tournament with a stunning penalty save when the rest of the team has failed to break open the opposing defence. So why have such highly regarded keepers including Germany’s Lehman, and Italy’s Buffon labelled the official FIFA World Cup 2010 ball a “plastic beach ball”? FIFA proudly launched the Adidas Jabulani amongst great fanfare.
Apparently one of its major selling points was that it was easier to control. Well if a player can’t control a football, what is he doing at the World Cup anyway? The South African word Jabulani comes from the Zulu word for ‘celebrate’, well that’s nice but not many people have celebrated its arrival yet. Manufacturers Adidas claim it is rounder than any ball has ever been before (ah that explains why the square ball never really proved popular) and it is also lighter – and here is the problem which has been pounced on by all those poor, much maligned goalkeepers. You see, it is so light that its flight is unpredictable, maybe it should have been sponsored by British Airways this year then?