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Eriksson enters 'Jabulani' World Cup ball debate

AFP/The Local · 16 Jun 2010, 11:43

Published: 16 Jun 2010 11:43 GMT+02:00

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The Swede has called for a summit meeting to discuss its use, but not until after the 2010 World Cup.

Eriksson, speaking after his team's 0-0 draw with Portugal here Tuesday, said: "You can see in matches and in shooting practise in training that the ball swerves."

"Goalkeepers are not happpy about it at all. It's late to do anything about it for this World Cup but it should be discussed by the authorities. Everyone should listen to the top keepers in the world, this doesn't do them any favours at all."

"Managers, players and the firm that produces the ball (Adidas) should talk about it."

The ball has been labelled "rotten" by Spain's Iker Casillas, and "unpredictable" by Italy's World Cup winning 'keeper Gianluigi Buffon, who went on to say that it was 'a disgrace that such a rotten ball was being used in such a great tournament'.

Brazil's Julio Cesar remarked it was of the sort of quality you buy in a supermarket while Chile's Claudio Bravo thought it was better-suited to 'beach volleyball'.

Adidas has meanwhile defended its product.

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"There are strict FIFA guidelines on the ball (weight, size, bounce depending on what the temperature is)," commented the German company.

"Not only does our ball fulfill all these conditions but in fact they go beyond them.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

12:19 June 16, 2010 by crofab
Excuses, excuses.
12:48 June 16, 2010 by flintis
Giv'em a proper ball to play with, ya'know like the leather ones real footballers had back in the 50's & 60's, they did'nt swerve very much.
13:15 June 16, 2010 by nsp
"There are strict FIFA guidelines on the ball (weight, size, bounce depending on what the temperature is),Not only does our ball fulfill all these conditions but in fact they go beyond them"

So it's heavier, bigger and bounce like crazy in -20'C?

Seriously, adidas, please get a PR guy with a brain...
13:23 June 16, 2010 by zircon
Why not go for the Omni ball?
21:46 June 16, 2010 by Jes
It all depends on his talking . If I were a striker , I would like the one that swerves . Svennis should train his men to strike it like its going to riot and fool the golie . Football is not about helping poor keepers ; its about goals . Those who can`t take it can go and try throwing it about as the Americans do in that game the call "football"
08:31 June 17, 2010 by Meatball
Agree with Jes, its about the goals and adjusting the game to the conditions including the ball...I however would like to comment that I am an South African who played volleyball for many years and the alltitude had a huge effect on our game. I lived in Durban...by the sea and we really had to hit the ball hard to get it going and when up in Johannesburg and Pretoria on tournaments the ball bounced and flew all over the place with not much effort....I do realize Volleyball is a total different game than soccer...but it's still a ball sport!
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