Adidas have just presented the official ball of the next World Cup tournament. Named Jabulani, which means “to celebrate” in Zulu, the new ball has a striking surface 70 percent larger than its predecessor. This has been achieved by reducing the number of panels from fourteen to eight.
Another Adidas trademark technology called Grip’n'Groove should help improve the Jabulani accuracy.
Adidas says that a lot of player input has been taken into consideration when developing the ball (but we bet they’ve said that last year). Never mind, let’s hope this input has been put to the best use, since the balls that the company delivered for the last two World cups received some pretty negative feedback.
We can hardly think of a goalkeeper that didn’t complain about the Fevernova and the Timegeist and their extraordinary flight trajectories. Here’s to hoping that everyone will be happy with it this time and we will be able to focus on the great game itself.