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West Coast Ace
05-31-2010, 09:18 PM
Appears the players from a # of countries hate the Adidas ball:

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/gameon/post/2010/05/world-cup-players-trying-to-adjust-to-supermarket-soccer-balls/1

Feņa14
05-31-2010, 09:38 PM
It's weird, they've played with the ball in a few leagues for a while now and had no complaints.

I was disappointed to see England playing their friendly against Mexico with an Umbro ball, only to then hear Joe Hart complaining about the Adidas ball when they practiced with it. We aren't exactly giving ourselves the best chance.

NickC
06-01-2010, 04:06 AM
Appears the players from a # of countries hate the Adidas ball:

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/gameon/post/2010/05/world-cup-players-trying-to-adjust-to-supermarket-soccer-balls/1

Meh, it's like this every WC. Last time everyone was complaining about the Teamgeist, which turned out to be a pretty good ball. I had kick around with the Jabulani last weekend with my cousin and I thought that while it took some getting used to, it wasn't half bad. And if you hit it right when you strike it, the thing really responds well and does exactly what you want it to do.

It's weird, they've played with the ball in a few leagues for a while now and had no complaints.

I was disappointed to see England playing their friendly against Mexico with an Umbro ball, only to then hear Joe Hart complaining about the Adidas ball when they practiced with it. We aren't exactly giving ourselves the best chance.

Yeah, the Bundesliga has been using it for a little while and all the pro-Jabulani comments have been coming from the German national team and players who play their club ball in the Bundesliga. Here in the USA, our national league, the MLS, also has been using the new ball this season, and while there have been some complaints, they've died down and everyone is back to focusing on football, not on THE football.

SempreSami
06-01-2010, 05:40 AM
The Jabulani should have been implemented in all international matches after it was launched in December. That way, everybody would have had a similar amount of time to practise with it.

It's a damn sight better than the volleyballs that Nike come up with. The one used this season looked like Unicron out of the original Transformers movie.

rainingaces
06-01-2010, 05:45 AM
I remember something similar before the start of the last world cup, its just managers getting a possible excuse out there early.

The balls are fine.

NickC
06-01-2010, 07:17 AM
The Jabulani should have been implemented in all international matches after it was launched in December. That way, everybody would have had a similar amount of time to practise with it.

It's a damn sight better than the volleyballs that Nike come up with. The one used this season looked like Unicron out of the original Transformers movie.

That's an insult to Unicron. You should see what Nike have in store for next season. I have the 2008-2009 Premier League matchball by Nike and it's quality. These new ones suck. Have a look:

http://www.football-shirts.co.uk/fans/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/t902.png
http://www.football-shirts.co.uk/fans/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/t901.png
http://www.football-shirts.co.uk/fans/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/t903.png


But these all suck, IMO the Wawa Abba was perfect, they should just stick with that ball forever. Coolest design EVER.
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/6d/Adidas_African_Cup_of_Nations_2008_match_ball_Wawa _Aba.jpg

pabletion
06-01-2010, 08:18 AM
Meh, it's like this every WC. Last time everyone was complaining about the Teamgeist, which turned out to be a pretty good ball. I had kick around with the Jabulani last weekend with my cousin and I thought that while it took some getting used to, it wasn't half bad. And if you hit it right when you strike it, the thing really responds well and does exactly what you want it to do.


No disrespect but, you (or me) having a kick with the Jabulani and having an opinion and saying the ball is fine vrs pro players opinions is the same as you (or me) talking about racquets, tennis balls, etc and saying theyre fine and a pro player saying this or that. Im sure the pro players level can allow them to see/feel a lot more than we can.

I think FIFA has a not-so-proper hope that there are a lot of goals during the WC, and they know the ball might be a bit weird and difficult specially for goalkeepers. Its the bad part of trying to make the event and football a global sport. Casual or less than casual fans dont like a 0-0 or 1-0 match. I think its FIFA sadly caving in to worldwide demand.

SempreSami
06-01-2010, 02:04 PM
Pfft, before I'm sure they'd complain if they still played with balls like medicine balls.