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  • A Yahoo! User Jun 15, 2010 16:47 Flag

    Balls! (of the WC variety)

    Ok its pretty much agreed that so far the WC has been decidedly average. Anyone else feel like blaming the new ball?
    This may have been debated elsewhere so apologies but.. 10 games in and I cant believe how many passes are being overhit, shots are ending up in the top tier and first touches are looking like Long John Silver has made them!
    Its a good job Capello didnt pick Bobby Zamora after all.....'when the ball hits his head and it lands in row Z..thats Zamora!

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    • 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.

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      • As Wesley Sniejder said.....'so many free kick experts cannot all have an off day at the same time' (or words to that effect and with a slight dutch brogue).
        Apart from south africa's goal ive not seen a decent strike from 15-25 yards yet.
        As jimmy says this ball moves through the air like a cheap plastic toy you buy your kids in the supermarket...up, down, left, right and one gust of wind and its coming back at you!
        Are FIFA basically saying that the common or garden toe punt is the only way forward?
        As if our english clod hoppers needed any more to contend with...its excrutiating enough watching them trying to control a normal football.
        Who wants to bet that the next WC in Brazil is played barefoot on sand instead of grass?
        I really wish we could claim our game back from Fifa and invite all true footballing nations to join us in a new organisation. It might take a while but eventually those fat spongers would be sitting there holding their world cups in dubai as a demonstration sport on some obscure cable channel.
        Just a thought on a slow tuesday at work!

    • It'll be interesting to see how Spain cope with it, and Brazil.
      H---they should tie the lace tighter.

    • I read somewhere that it was used in the Bundesliga all last season. Apparently we had the oppurtunity to use it in the Premiership but the FA turned it down because it has the Nike logo on it.