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Football: The ball is too light, moans Colombia's Ospina

Published on Jun 11, 2014 6:09 AM
 
Colombia's goalkeeper David Ospina eyes the ball during warm up before their international friendly soccer match against Jordan in Buenos Aires on June 6, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

COTIA, Brazil (AFP) - Columbia's goalkeeper David Ospina on Tuesday criticised the World Cup 'Brazuca' ball made by Adidas as being too light.

Four years ago Adidas found themselves in the eye of the storm over their 'Jabulani' ball.

Goalkeepers in particular were harsh in their criticism of Jabulani with Italy's Gianluigi Buffon calling it "absolutely inadequate", Brazil's Julio Cesar comparing it to a "supermarket" ball and England's David James blasting it as "dreadful" and "horrible".

Ospina, who plays for Nice in France, claims the new Brazuca is hardly any better.

"We goalkeepers know that the passion in football comes from goals and we have to adapt to this new ball technology," he said.

"The ball is super-difficult, it's very light, but we're working hard to adapt." Adidas will be keen to avoid the negative headlines from South Africa in 2010.

The Jabulani was supposed to be the closest ball yet to a perfect sphere which would give it have a truer flight through the air.
But when players started using it there was widespread condemnation.

Then Argentina coach Diego Maradona said: "the ball doesn't fly straight." Brazilian forward Robinho added: "For sure the guy who designed this ball never played football."

It was not all attacks however. Carlos Queiroz, then the Portugal coach who this time around will be leading Iran, said after a 7-0 thrashing of North Korea: "We love the ball!"

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