Some Players Dislike Adidas Jabulani World Cup Soccer Ball

Posted on June 3, 2010

adidas World Cup 2010 Jabulani Official Soccer Match Ball


Adidas created the Jabulani Official Soccer Match Ball for the 2010 World Cup. Jabulani means to celebrate in Zulu, one of the 11 languages of South Africa. The soccer ball contains 11 colors to honor the 11 languages. 11 also represents the 11 communities of South Africa and the number of players on a team. The ball is being sold in stores for $150.

The Jabulani ball was constructed using what Adidas calls grip 'n' groove technology that is a textured treatment meant to ensure the ball flies "straight and true." The ball was also contructed with eight new thermally bonded, spherically shaped, 3 D EVA and TPU panels. Unfortunately, some players do not like the new ball. Players say it takes a couple days just to get used to the new ball. Take a look: