Written By Justin on Friday, June 4, 2010 | 12:09:00 AM
The World Cup is upon us. I'll be updating frequently during the tournament, with (hopefully) positive stories of impressive goalkeeping from countries all over the world. For now, though, the news is ominous.
Unsurprisingly, the goalkeepers hate the new ball. This has happened at every major tournament for the last decade, but this time the keepers are really complaining. The adidas Jabulani ball, says France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, is "a disaster." Julio Cesar said it looks like "something from a grocery store." Tim Howard was more measured, saying simply, "Listen, I don't particularly like it."
Basically, everyone hates it. David James, Mark Schwarzer, Gigi Buffon - they all hate it. Even some outfield players have chimed in, complaining that the ball is unpredictable and swerves dramatically in flight. This movement will be exacerbated by the altitude of many of the sites in South Africa. Have fun, fellas!