adidas' Jo'bulani is the official match ball of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final. The name Jo'bulani is a direct tribute to host city Johannesburg, while the Jo'bulani's golden design honors the prestige of the match and the golden FIFA World Cup Trophy every player in the world longs to hoist. The Final will be held on July 11, 2010 and we, along with the rest of the world, will be watching.
Jabulani means to celebrate in Zulu, one of the 11 languages of South Africa, and the design of the Jabulani has 11 colors to honor those 11 languages, in addition to the 11 communities of South Africa and the 11 players on a team. The 11 colors also honor the fact that this is adidas' 11th FIFA World Cup ball.
Constructed with eight new thermally-bonded, spherically-shaped, 3-D EVA and TPU panels, the Jabulani is perfectly round and has been equipped with a new Grip'n'Groove technology. Grip'n'Groove is a textured treatment that ensures the Jabulani flies straight and true.
The Jabulani is designed for never-before-seen power, swerve and control. It's a ball truly worthy of the best in the game.
I know I usually review soccer cleats, but it was difficult to turn down the opportunity to test and review one of the most talked about soccer balls of all time, the Jabulani. This is the official ball of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, and it a lot of time and research went into perfecting its technology. After having the ball for a week, I can tell you right now that this ball should be nicknamed the 'Dancer', because this ball can move! Rather than detail every aspect of the ball, my review focuses on its performance on the field, and in game like situations...
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