Introducing the Official Match Ball of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Jabulani. The name means “to celebrate” in isiZulu. Made, as ever, by Adidas – the world’s leading Football equipment manufacturer, the Jabulani ball builds on their years of scientific excellence. With their history of official FIFA World Cup balls (from Telstar to Teamgeist) the balls have improved year on year, though not without attracting some controversy along the way.
Something you have to know about this ball:
The number 11 is signified in different ways by the Jabulani ball: 11 lines with 11 different colors are used to honor the 11 languages and tribes of South Africa. It is also the 11th official World Cup ball and if you didn’t already know, there are 11 players on a soccer team.
8 thermally-bonded, spherically-shaped, 3-D EVA and TPU panels surround the ball, ensuring the ball is perfectly round and keeps its shape.
The ball is surrounded by GripnGroove technology, allowing it to be aerodynamically advanced. This provides flight characteristics not seen on any other ball.
However, some people are not happy about Jabulani, Not the coaches, not the players, not the officials in charge, and certainly not the players. First Spain’s Captain and Goalkeeper Iker Casillas had a go at it, said it was too light, and described it as a “beach ball.” “Every touch comes with the unknown,” added Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon. “The trajectory is really unpredictable.”
Well, this is not something new, If you look back in history there have always been criticisms about the ball before the World Cup. Nevertheless, you probably not to kick this ball, in fact this Adidas Jabulani is good for collections.