The Adidas Jabulani is the official match ball for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The ball was unveiled in Cape Town, South Africa, on December 4, 2009.
The name ”JABULANI” originates from the indigenous language isiZulu, one of the eleven official languages of the Republic of South Africa, which is spoken by almost 25% of the population. Literally translated, “JABULANI” means “to celebrate”.
What did the players have to say prior to the World Cup:
Michael Ballack: “Fantastic, the ball does exactly what I want it to.”
Petr Cech: “You can feel the energy coming towards you, like a shot.”
Frank Lampard: “A very strong ball, true to hit.”
Kaká: “For me, contact with the ball is all-important, and that’s just great with this ball.”
The beautiful game of football is always evolving and so the balls used in the game have evolved. Fifa wants “fair play” but he way balls are being designed suits the goalscorer. What about the goalkeepers? What are your thoughts?