The developer is right in the sense that there's always been bitching about the WC balls. If it's not unexpected, how about not making an anger-inducing ball?
They always try to innovate, and make the new balls rounder, quicker, lighter, whatever. That inevitably causes the players to have to adjust to the ball, which shouldn't really be a priority in any training. It's a bad idea to change the physical properties of the ball, just before the Cup (yes, the ball has been around since December, but nearly every player has just
started working with them).
There are no secrets about this ball. The ball is designed to allow the very best players in the world to exhibit their skills.
How about just giving them a consistent product? This isn't 1950. The balls used in club competitions are fine. In order to allow the very best players to exhibit their skills, they shouldn't make them adjust to a new kind of ball.
Edited by ypioca, 04 June 2010 - 08:54 AM.