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World Cup Adidas Ball Controversy

Over the last couple of weeks the ball that will be used in the World Cup has been criticized, but will the ball have any affect on the odds?

For the last couple of weeks the Adidas “Jabulani” ball that will be used in the World Cup has been complained about by several players. Adidas came out and was shocked at the criticism, as the company had unveiled the ball months ago in several leagues and all the feedback had been positive.

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Two of the best goalies in the world in Spain’s Iker Casillas and Brazil’s Julio Cesar have been outspoken about the ball and the comments were far from positive. Cesar said the Adidas World Cup balls were “terrible” and compared them with cheap ones that could be bought in supermarkets.

Casillas stated that the balls were “in an appalling condition.”

The goalies are not the only players that are complaining about the ball. Striker Luis Fabiano of Brazil described the ball as “weird” and it suddenly changed its trajectory and Giampaolo Pazzini of Italy stated the ball was “a disaster.” Pazzini went on to say, “It moves so much and makes it difficult to control,” the Italian striker said. “You jump up to head a cross and suddenly the ball will move and you miss it.”

The German team had no problems with the ball, which is interesting, as many of their players are in the Bundesliga where many of the teams are sponsored by Adidas.

Beyern Munich striker Mario Gomez, who will be playing for Germany this summer, scored a goal with an Adidas ball at the end of the Bundesliga season and even though he was not critical of the Adidas ball he did state it was different. Gomez said the ball was “a little harder” and “It hurts a little, but if you hit it right, it flies.”

OK, so there are some gripes about the balls, but will that have any affect on the odds? Well, maybe yes, maybe no. The Over/Under odds are already set, but if you keep a sharp eye and take a look at the results of the first round of matches you may see some betting trends. If the goalies are really having trouble with the balls and there are high scoring matches it may be a good idea to take the Over for the next round of matches. Conversely, if players in the field are having trouble and the matches are low scoring ones the Under may be a good pick for the next few matches.