Jabulani : is It The Villain of The World Cup 2010?
Jabulani, the football made by Adidas for the World Cup 2010, is proving to be a major villain in this World Cup as more and more player are complaining about the nature of the ball.
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The latest villain of this year world cup is the Jabulani football. Lots of players and coaches have said that the ball seems to have its own mind. Slovenia’s Robert Koren said enthusiastically that it is the Jabulani ball which helped him to score the winning goal then Nigeria’s Dickson Etuhu called this ball as the worst ball in the history of the world cup.
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Prior to the commencement of world cup, several goalkeepers had shown reservations about this ball. And then came much commented match between the US and England. In that match, the goal keeper of England could not hold on the ball and subsequently gifted the US a goal and England a vital point. That act has famously been termed as “the hand of clown”.
The manufacturer of Jabulani, Adidas is under heavy criticism from all quarters. However, Adidas came to the ball defense. In a statement it said that one has to look on two aspects – firstly, whether a team has done enough practice with the ball or not. Secondly, whether a team has got used to play at higher altitudes, or not. The ball is designed to be suited in the playing conditions at higher altitudes like Johannesburg which is at an altitude of 5,751 ft.
The ball was taken to all countries in February for practice. That is five months before the world cup. However, it was not used in the English Premier League as the EPL has a contact with another rival sports company Nike for 9 years. It has been used in the home matches in the US. It is speculated that England failure to beat the US in this World Cup may be because of lack of practice by English player on this ball.