It’s ball in the control

It’s ball in the control

As the FIFA Club World Cup came to a close recently in Abu Dhabi we take a look at the most important thing on the pitch - the new adidas Jabulani football

Fifa have launched the adidas Jabulani, the Official Match Ball for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa. The Jabulani, which means “to celebrate” in isiZulu, features a South African inspired design and radically new technology.

The new match ball was first used in competitive matches at the ongoing Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi. At the tournament international players heading to the World Cup, such as Lionel Messi (Argentina) and Carles Puyol (Spain), got their first touch of the ball and put its technology to the test.

Premiership stars have also commented on the piece of equipment. Michael Ballack stated that the ball was “Fantastic, it does exactly what I want it to.” Teammate Frank Lampard added that it was, “A very strong ball, true to hit.”

The newly developed “Grip’n’Groove” profile provides the best players in the world with a ball allowing an exceptionally stable flight and perfect grip under all conditions. Comprising only eight, completely new, thermally bonded 3-D panels, which for the first time are spherically moulded; the ball is perfectly round and even more accurate than ever before.

It is now available in adidas stores across the UAE priced at Dhs 430.

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