In the last few weeks many players, especially goal-keepers have criticised the new World Cup 2010 ball, the Jabulani ball.  David James has been one of the latest players to add his voice to the group of critics:

“The ball is dreadful.  It is horrible, but I suppose it is horrible for everyone. You saw that from Frank Lampard’s free-kick in the first half against Japan, which dipped wickedly, so it will be interesting.

There is no real way of coping, other than lots of shooting practice. There’s undoubtedly going to be some goals scored in this tournament which, in previous tournaments with different balls, wouldn’t have been scored. It will allow some people to score extra goals, but it will leave some goalkeepers looking daft.

We’ve been doing shooting practice every day, and I’ve been standing behind the goals watching the ball, so at least we’ll be prepared.”

The growing list of critics include:

Hugo Lloris
: “This ball is a disaster.”
Fabio Capello: “Completely different.”
Júlio César: “Something out a of a grocery store.”
Giampaolo Pazzini: “A disaster.”
Claudio Bravo: “It was made to prejudice goalkeepers.”
Iker Casillas: “Appalling”
Gigi Buffon: “It is very sad that a competition so important as the World Cup will be played with such a horrible ball.”
Luís Fabiano: “Supernatural”
Júlio Baptista: “The ball works against strikers and goalkeepers.”
Joe Hart: “The ball has been doing anything but staying in my gloves.”
Morten Olsen: “We played with an impossible ball and we need to get used to it.”
Robinho: “For sure the guy who designed this ball never played football.”

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