Friday, June 04, 2010

Fifa World Cup Goalkeepers compare ball to invention of the atom bomb

Basically, the ball is being criticized for being too light and too curvy, as if it were a fashion model who eats too little food and has too much plastic surgery.

“It’s horrible, but it’s horrible for everyone,” he said.

SHOOT: Probably more fun to watch though
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Altitude and technology will not only cause goalkeepers stress, but also make balls carry too far on crosses, causing some headers to be missed by two feet, said Marcus Hahnemann, a reserve keeper for the United States and a man not given to understatement.

“Technology is not everything,” Hahnemann said Thursday. “Scientists came up with the atom bomb; it doesn’t mean we should have invented it.”

Adidas has christened the World Cup ball Jabulani, which is apparently Zulu for “offends goalkeepers.”

Not really. The name actually means “to celebrate.” But it has been lost in translation for the guys between the posts.

¶“A disaster,” France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris said.

¶Iker Casillas of Spain: “Like a beach ball.”

¶Italy’s Gianluigi Buffon: “Shameful.”

¶David James of England: “Dreadful.”

¶ Fernando Muslera of Uruguay said with a hiss: “The worst I’ve ever played with.”

“The colorful design brings together the tremendous diversity of the country in harmonious unity,” Adidas said on its Web site.

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