At the time of the 2010 world cup in South Africa, there was a massive uproar about this ball. It was the most "round" most aerodynamic ball ever made and was causing havoc with all of the players and teams, none more so than the goalkeepers. Even though, I do not think any of us will forget Rob Green''''s howler, which he still maintains was the balls fault.
However, those of us reading this are not exactly Messi or Ronaldo. Therefore we should take this ball for what it is, a scientific masterpiece which has brought more goals than ever to our ''''beautiful game.'''' I have not used one of these for a little while but I can remember at the time this ball being used and I had never seen so many goals before or since, whether this was just luck, I can not tell you, but I even found myself swerving free kicks into the top corner, and more often into the corner flag.
For the average person or club, for those who enjoy lots of goals and lots of quality striking being rewarded in their games, this is the ball we need to reintroduce into our everyday game and kick abouts. It truly rewards quality technique.
From my point of view now, this product is suited to those who match the above criteria, however if you are looking for a ball for goalkeeping practice or elite level players of any age, I would advise against this, because it is unlikely to meet your requirements.
Excellent durability, I've had this football for over a year and it still looks like it has just been polished out of the factory. The movement the ball creates when you strike it is unbelievable, I often mistake myself for Cristiano Ronaldo. I regularly use it in my local park with friends and although we have several footballs available it's often the first one we use. I have spent countless hours of fun kicking this about so i have most definitely got my ten pounds worth, and i fully intend to make more use of it. There has been several close occasions with local dogs where my beloved ball has been close to being bit but luckily, as of yet anyway, my friends and I have won numerous races with a little Yorkshire terrier that is determined, and adamant that he's going to, get my ball. He must love it as much as me. The ball consists of several different sized patches to help with strength and manoeuvrability, it is also cushioned, as a result it is perfect for kicking and heading, perfect for practising or match play it is perfect for both occasions.
When i first purchased this ball I was reluctant to play on pavement with is, usually it will ruin your ball, however the strength of the leather assures that damage stays to a minimum, so you can have endless hours of fun. Although it is seemingly one dynamic it has a perfect bounce which enables you to play other games with the product. For instance, i have played volleyball and the ball reacted extremely well, also but not to such a good effect i have played a half court, basketball game, in spite of the balls small size we still had fun and this one dynamic ball can be used for a variety of sports. Would deffinatly reccomend.
Although I already had a decent Football that I bought during the UEFA 2008 Tournament, when it came to the controversy over the official Football of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa I wanted to check the ball out for myself and as it was on offer for I think around £12 in my local Sports Direct I decided to give it a go and a few days later I was playing Football with a few mates and decided to check this new ball out. There is an Official Football for every FIFA or UEFA tournament so every two years in International terms a new ball is released as the Official ball of that tournament. Like the previous ball this is also made by Adidas and was tested by professional players around the world. I have since used both balls now and again to make them last longer.
The Jabulani is made from eight spherically molded panels and has a textured surface intended to improve aerodynamics. It features the colours Black, Gold and White and as you can see in the picture there is the official FIFA trademark for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. The Ball at it's optimum pressure weighs 440 grams. The Balls are made in China featuring Latex Bladders, thermoplastic polyurethane-elastomer & ethylene vinyl acetate, isotropic polyester/cotton fabric. The ball received criticism from mostly Goalkeepers for it's supposed strange flight and bias in favour of outfield players against keepers. There were plenty of players who had found the ball excellent, most notably players such as Frank Lampard, Michael Ballack, Kaka and Alvaro Arbeloa. The word "jabulani" means "celebrate" in Zulu
I was very pleased with the performance of this Football. When there are only a few of us playing at the local park we usually work on our passing which is something I pride myself on. I found the ball to be easy to control and a great stage for you to show off your skills and ability. This is probably what led to the controversy and mainly goalkeepers coming out against the ability of the ball, It's a well made ball too and will give you a good 2+ years of excellent quality if you maintain it well by pumping up etc. There was certainly some myths relayed in the World Cup where Argentinian coach Diego Maradona said, "We won't see any long passes in this world cup because the ball doesn't fly straight". On that comment we all know what he was like as Manager of Argentina don't we. Not very good.
In summing up, This is an excellent Football that people should really try themselves before believing that the Ball in so bad. Due to it's limited edition as the Official Match Ball it will be more expensive than a lot of Footballs at around £35 for an Official Match Ball and not the replica. That is still a decent price as some other Footballs are really expensive for what they are when you go above the typical price for around £10 for a decent enough Football which may not last as long but will give decent playability. This was the special for the World Cup Final.