Blame the Ball

The ball in world cup tournaments always comes in for criticism. They are always the ‘roundest ever’ and therefore the ‘fastest ever’ which in turn means that the goalies complain that the odds of them stopping the ball going in to the goal is decreasing. This has always seemed a silly criticism when it applies to everyone but this time things are different. Does the change apply to every team as much as the others? And if strikers don’t like the ball either then should it really be used?

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/sport/jeremywilson/100009540/world-cup-2010-jabulani-ball-controversy-reflects-badly-on-fifa-and-england/
http://www.skysports.com/football/world-cup-2010/story/0,27032,12023_6207063,00.html
http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/worldcup2010/2010/06/15/2010-06-15_taking_a_jab_at_jabulani.html

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Germans have unfair advantage

Germans have been playing with this ball for the last year in the bundesliga and their players and goaltenders are use to it now. At the begining of the season the goaltenders were making the mistakes that we witnessed with Robert Green, England's Goalkeeper but now after a full season of play they are making the regular saves. Germany was the only team to have a high score of 4-0 in the opening round of games, all others are low scores. Germany was not a pre tourmanent favour, however, their experience using the ball will make them ones.

It could also be solved by training the England players more thoroughly with different kinds of ball, knowing that different kinds will be encountered.

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Should be standards for balls

There needs to be standards for balls. Commentators have mentioned that this ball flies through the area very easily and especially if it is a windy day. Most footballs can't do that. Players also complain that it feels like plastic and state that they have a hard time bending it. A football is a football and it should behave roughly the same way regardless of who designs or produces the balls.

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Balls are not coming from Sialkot,Pakistan known for producing quality sportswear.

But from India and China because their product is cheaper. Balls used to be manufactured in Pakistan bought cheap and later sold for exorbitant prices by Football organizations. Now India and China have the advantage of economies of scale and thus produce cheaper balls than Pakistan. Now Child labour(a huge problem in both india and China) is being used as an excuse to buy from India/China rather than Pakistan.

Perhaps as an afterthought, given the illogical scoring in this year's world-cup; quality should be valued more than pricing. [[http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/sport/35-pakistan-balls-short-on-world-cup-goals-ak-02]]

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Should be able to adapt to the ball

The footballers playing in the world cup are supposed to be the best in the world. If they are then they should be able to quickly be able to adapt to playing with a slightly different ball. The ball is still a sphere and roughly the same size, sure it may be lighter than usual, more arodynamic and a more perfect sphere but this does not affect that it is really pretty similar. Instead of complaining they should be training so that they know what the ball is like.

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same ball for both sides

In football there is only one ball on the pitch at a time. Both teams play with this one ball rather than having a different one each. This means it is illogical to blame the ball for a teams woes because the other side should be equally affected. The only difference therefore is in the preperation for the competition, which should be considered as much of the competition as the games themselves.

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