Jabulani, bola yang digunakan oleh FIFA dalam world cup 2010 ini, menuai banyak kritikan. Selain dari para penjaga gawang, ternyata bola buatan Adidas ini juga menuai kritikan dari para pemain bertahan.
Penjaga gawang Inggris, Robert Green, telah jadi pesakitan setelah gagal menangkap bola ini dengan baik saat Inggris melawan Amerika Serikat.
Berikut komentar – komentar para pemain sepakbola yang berlaga di Afrika Selatan tentang bola ini.
“It is a very difficult ball to handle, it’s the worst I’ve ever played with. It’s probably best to try and keep it as far as possible from the goal.” – Fernando Muslera (Uruguay, goalkeeper)
“The ball is dreadful. It’s horrible, but it’s horrible for everyone.” – David James (England, goalkeeper)
“The ball is a problem. You can’t anticipate which direction it is going to go in. It is difficult for defenders to deal with and you can’t take your eye off the ball until the very last second.” – Marcus Tulio Tanaka (Japan, defender)
“The new ball is not decent, not just for goalkeepers but for everyone. Its trajectory is unpredictable.” – Gigi Buffon (Italy, goalkeeper)
“It’s very weird. All of a sudden it changes trajectory on you. It’s like it doesn’t want to be kicked. It’s incredible, it’s like someone is guiding it. You are going to kick it and it moves out of the way. I think it’s supernatural, it’s very bad.” – Luis Fabiano (Brazil, forward)
“It’s like a beach ball.” – Claudio Bravo (Chile, goalkeeper)
“It’s terrible… like a ball you’d buy in a supermarket.” – Julio Cesar (Brazil, goalkeeper)
“Maybe they should stop trying to keep developing the ball and just change the look of it. The ball goes all over the place.” – Seigo Narazaki (Japan, goalkeeper)
“It’s a little sad that in a competition as big as the World Cup to have such a poor ball. It’s not just the goalkeepers complaining, but the outfield players as well.” – Iker Casillas (Spain, goalkeeper)
“It’s a catastrophe! I played with many different balls, some of which wiggled or changed directions, but this one is the worst of them all.” – Vladimir Stojkovic (Serbia, goalkeeper)
“It’s a disaster… It moves so much and makes it difficult to control. You jump up to head a cross and suddenly the ball will move and you miss it!” – Giampaolo Pazzini (Italy, forward)
“This ball gives goalkeepers nightmares. As a goalkeeper thinking about the way this ball moves keeps you from sleeping because you are thinking about tomorrow and how you are going to manage to play with this ball.” – Itumeleng Khune (South Africa, goalkeeper)
“For me it’s a bit of a joke actually. I think this is destroying the art of goalkeeping and I mean that sincerely.” – Gordon Banks (England, former goalkeeper)
“Adidas are not being fair on the goalkeepers… This ball has a mind of its own and it does one thing in training and another during the game.” – Moeneeb Josephs (South Africa, goalkeeper)
“It’s frustrating… it makes us look like drunken sailors.” – Daniel Agger (Denmark, defender)
Ternyata kebanyakan pemain menganggap bola ini buruk. Karena terlalu ringan, arah bola ketika diudara mudah berubah, bahkan Julio Cesar mengganggap bola ini bola yang dijual disupermarket. Claudio Bravo, Kiper Meksiko, mengatakan bola ini seperti bola voli pantai.
Mungkinkah gara – gara bola ini, kita melihat piala dunia ini irit gol, dan pertandingan demi pertandingan kurang menarik?