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    Germany, USA playing with Jabulani for 6 months an advantage?

    Does anyone think it's paid off?

    Or are too many people making excuses about that ball

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    did any country that wanted to have this opportunity? or was it only offered to germany and usa for some reason?

    ye its definately paid off, but surely the best footballers in the world can figure out how to use that ball properly

    Original Poster

    We were offered it but the FA declined because we had a contract with Nike to fulfil - as they make the premier league ball.

    Original Poster

    I'm not so sure I buy that as an excuse though.

    It's round, it's size 5. It's a football!!

    All this talk about the pannels etc and the weight and so on. Rubbish

    well,Im just an old duffer who plays weekend five a sides with a bunch of equally decrepit,unfit people,but I just cant grasp how a ball being TOO ROUND can be a problem for a professional player.

    Original Poster

    Exactly.

    If it's gonna bring goals like Forlan's though then WAHHHEEYYYYY!!

    If England win, it won't get a mention. If they lose, it will be one of the main scapegoats...along with Rob Green and vuvuzelas breaking concentration.

    Original Poster

    Yeah I totally agree.

    If it's not crowd noise, the ref, the ball it's the pitch!!

    Does anyone actually enjoy watching England?

    firth_face;8865825

    Yeah I totally agree.If it's not crowd noise, the ref, the ball it's the … Yeah I totally agree.If it's not crowd noise, the ref, the ball it's the pitch!!Does anyone actually enjoy watching England?



    not sure anyone actually ENJOYS watching their own country-its a form of torture for any fan-unless you get 3-0 up quickstyle and can relax a bit.

    Original Poster

    No but from an aesthetically pleasing point of view.

    Does the team really gel that well?

    And what about the whole 4-4-2 should he shouldn't he point of view?

    The ball was available to England since Feb but they weren't allowed to use it for contractual reasons.......most players are saying the ball does take a little bit of getting used to so yes I think the Germans do have a slight advantage but as the other teams play with it more and more this advantage will diminish

    angelfairee;8865800

    If England win, it won't get a mention. If they lose, it will be one of … If England win, it won't get a mention. If they lose, it will be one of the main scapegoats...along with Rob Green and vuvuzelas breaking concentration.



    you should become a football pundit

    numptyj;8865885

    you should become a football pundit



    Hush child. I'm busy drawing formations in paint to forward on to Capello, and manufacturing vuvuzelas with England flags on the end to ship out to SA.

    It would be a slight advantage I guess, but I dont understand how teams dont appear to have gotten used to a ball after a few weeks in the training camp, as there are a lot of wayward shots over shot crosses etc.

    Banned

    Germany seem to be firing as many wild crosses out of play as any other team today so far...

    Nike is contracted to La Liga and EPL ?. So I assume Adidas is the official Bundesliga supplier -German company . . - so even if EPL tried to use it would have conflicted with Nike.

    Original Poster

    Sports brands, tv companies etc have way too much power over football.

    It's a sad sad story.

    gari189;8865865

    The ball was available to England since Feb but they weren't allowed to … The ball was available to England since Feb but they weren't allowed to use it for contractual reasons.......most players are saying the ball does take a little bit of getting used to so yes I think the Germans do have a slight advantage but as the other teams play with it more and more this advantage will diminish



    Surely the players could have got hold of one in February and practised with it.

    micoo;8865730

    ye its definately paid off, but surely the best footballers in the world … ye its definately paid off, but surely the best footballers in the world can figure out how to use that ball properly


    I disagree. A ball bouncing 10-20% higher from a low shot makes all the difference to a goalkeeper

    think I saw the south korea goalie let one in this fashion. Rob Green cant use this excuse though :-D

    angelfairee;8865800

    If England win, it won't get a mention. If they lose, it will be one of … If England win, it won't get a mention. If they lose, it will be one of the main scapegoats...along with Rob Green and vuvuzelas breaking concentration.


    is this your country and shoulder? :-D
    http://www.bernadettetodd.com/berntalks/archives/scotland%20flag.jpg

    http://www.sellyourpizzaonline.com/Portals/Pizza/Images/Online%20Store/Chips.jpg

    Original Poster

    I understand where the bouncing comment comes from.

    But it's not like it's a drastic change.

    Anyone remember the fevernova for the last world cup?

    Or was it the last one?

    Anyway, that ball was insane, and Nike have followed suit with the PL ball.

    They get more soft, spongey and can fly better each season

    [QUOTE=chocci;8866049]is this your country and shoulder? :-D
    http://jimmysstore.com/store/images/Portugal_Flag.gif

    And talking of body parts...

    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ST7lwfhCFEY/S09IvxjafpI/AAAAAAAALWk/5hX62nbItqs/s400/Ronaldo_Armani2.jpg

    Viva Portugal!

    Doesn't look like it judgeing from their game against serbia today lol.
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