The Roundest Ball, the Biggest Headaches for World Cup Keepers
Not everyone is so fond of the Adidas Teamgeist footballs that will be used at the World Cup. Germany number one keeper Jens Lehmann says the world’s roundest ball favors outfield players and that it isn’t fun to use in poor weather. “When it rains it’s not going to be very comfortable for us. It gets very slippery. It also moves a lot in the air. The Nike ball feels more like an old fashioned leather ball. The Adidas one is more plastic.”
It seems that part of the job description for keepers these days that you have to be able to complain about the modern footballs while maintaining a straight face. It is, of course, a convenient excuse if you let in a lot of goals.
In Lehmann’s case, though, he might have a point about these Teamgeist balls. I think they’ve been designed to hypnotize the keepers.
Footballs these days just aren’t what they used to be.