It has been a very average WC so far, yes! And i think it's safe to put at least some of the blame on this new "beach" ball. Even our Gomes was last night saying how "horrible" this new ball is. So far every team has failed to impress, except of course the Germans. Who are strangely enough, the only league that have actually practiced with this new ball in their league for the past few months. Now that's preparation! You have to admire how they think and show so much attention to detail. And yet they play some very exciting football. I have no idea why in each of the recent World Cups, they always have to mess with something so basic as the ball! It makes no sense to me. Surely they'd like to have the best players playing the best football. Then they should keep to what they play with each week. I've obviously never played with this official ball, but it really does look very much like one of those that you get in supermarkets in a set for 3 for £5.