World Cup ball slammed

31 May

Adidas World Cup ballForget that the new World Cup ball from Adidas has 11 colors to represent the number of players in a team, or that it cleverly reflects the 11 official languages and communities of the host country. Thing is, nobody likes it.

According to a report in Sports Illustrated, several players have complained about the new ball, claiming that it sways in a weird way. In fact, Italian striker Giampaolo Pazzini went as far as to call it a ‘disaster’. Tell us what you really think Giampaolo.

But the players with the most worries, are understandably the tournament’s goalkeepers. Australia’s goal minder Mark Schwarzer, also unimpressed by the ball, called it ‘difficult’, while Brazil’s Julio Cesar used the word ‘supernatural’ in his review. Adidas must be calling for a ceasefire.

The company admits the technology on the ball is “radically new”: apparently small dots on its surface help improve reliability in the air, providing a “stable” flight. Seems the final descent and landing are another matter however.

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