Re: United States Men's National Team --- World Cup 2010 South Africa
For the life of me I'll never understand why FIFA feels it must change the ball before major competitions. It'd be like if Bud Selig introduced a slightly larger baseball before the World Series, or the NFL used a rugby ball in the Super Bowl.
Pazzini: 'World Cup ball a disaster'
Saturday 29 May, 2010
Giampaolo Pazzini has joined goalkeeper Julio Cesar in complaining about the World Cup ball. “It’s a disaster.”
Inter and Brazil shot-stopper Julio Cesar moaned that the new Jabulani sphere for the tournament in South Africa was “terrible, horrible. It's like one of those balls you buy in the supermarket.”
Now Italy striker Pazzini has joined the chorus of disapproval about the Jabulani.
“The new balls are a disaster,” said the Sampdoria forward. “They always change direction mid-air.
“It’s not just a problem for the goalkeepers, but also the strikers. A cross comes in and you line up to head it, then the ball moves by half a metre and you end up missing it.”
The teams are practising with the new balls in their training camps ahead of the World Cup in South Africa.
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