Crazy Football says NASA

July 8, 2010 at 1:39 pm 4 comments


“The guy who designed this ball never played football.”

“The worst ball that I have seen in my life.”

So says everyone from Iker Casillas to Robinho to Fabio Capello. Former Liverpool striker Craig Johnson even wrote a passionate 12-page letter to Sepp Blatter, president of FIFA, on how the Adidas ball “could ruin the game as we know it.” Trashing the Jabulani has become something of a sport in its own right, with wildly mishit shots celebrated with resounding cries of “Jabulani!” in pubs and living rooms around the globe.

Now it turns out there is a very real scientific basis for all the moaning. NASA’s aerodynamics people at the Ames Investigation Centre managed to get some MLS players to kick a very dusty Jabulani around to what sounds like a soundtrack from a 1970s instructional video. The tests confirm what everyone has been saying: Jabulani’s scanty 440-gram weight, coupled with the high-altitude conditions in South Africa, means when at speeds of 44 mph or more the ball becomes susceptible to something called the “knuckle effect.” That’s aerodynamic shorthand for “it swerves all around like crazy at high speeds because of the air flow on the seams and stuff,” which isn’t so bad when you get goals like this.

Adidas has yet to respond to the new scientifically based criticisms, and Sepp Blatter and FIFA are meeting in September to discuss the horrible aftermath left in Jabulani’s zig-zagging wake. What’s really frightening though is that we now know World Cup footballers are apparently as adept at noting erratic aerodynamic patterns as NASA’s rocket scientists. Be afraid.

Source: Yahoo News


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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. nadia  |  July 8, 2010 at 1:59 pm


    ~ Yeah!

  • 2. Behbood  |  July 8, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    I agree. As athletes, you should be prepared to play under any circumstances. If Pele picked up a ball they play in English Premier Leagues today, he might not like it because it’s different than what he used to play with during his time.
    Adaptability is the key here and players should adapt to playing with any type of ball (just like they travel the world to play World Cup games in the countries they are not used to in playing).

    ~ Exactly. Shouldn’t be like “Aangan tera tha ” 🙂

  • 3. Mezba  |  July 8, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    That was a fantastic goal. Criticizing a new ball before the world cup begins by goalkeepers is tradition!


  • 4. Haris Gulzar  |  July 13, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    Nice share. Waisay I have heard there wasn’t any complaints about the footballs used previously, and that FIFA has always used footballs from Pakistan. This was the first time the balls were from somewhere else. Not sure though…



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