Product Type: Adidas Ball Sport
Newest Review: ... 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 ful... more
Member Name: Lakerfanster
Date: 17/06/11, updated on 17/06/11 (46 review reads)
Advantages: Great football,
Disadvantages: Controversy may put some off
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.
Summary: It's a good ball, no doubt