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The Jabulani Effect


I was out for a team lunch sometime back just at the group stages of the '10 Fifa world cup and one of our directors mentioned that some consultants who analyzed the stocks and various other features had predicted England to win the world cup. I told him just one thing, England are a gr8 team but still they chock at important times, on the other hand Spain is one team that will go all the way, because they do a lot of short passes and often have possession and create chances. The reason why I surely said that is because of this one word,”Jabulani”. It sounds more like one of the punishments provided to bad people in the tamil movie anniyan, but actually its the name of the official world cup ball. This world cup will be remembered more because the nature of the ball decided the victorious beholder. The jabulani was peculiar at long balls. When the ball was lofted it often changed angle at the last moment. Even maradona who was one of the greats of the game, or even the greatest of the game kept crying about how his team is suffering because of this. Teams like England, France and Italy all presented a veteran team to South Africa. But most of them were found exasperated and sulking even after a single half. This was because they often relied on long passes and creating chances to the forwards. But with handling long balls becoming increasingly difficult, they had to do lot of one-one passing that required lots of stamina which was found wanting in them. A young team like Germany or the african teams like Ghana, often won games easily because they were athletic and relied more on short passes and kept moving all along the ground at an impeccable pace. Spain had it in them for long. They were always known for their mastery of the game, they were artisans, and this world cup brought the art in them. Torres,david villa and xavi alonso all created ample troubles to all other defenders by constantly dancing down to the opponent half and more often than not showing the glimpse of what was class all about, well I should spare a thought here for Lionel Messi. He is truly a world class player and anyone who comments that he did not score a single goal should not forget that most of the defenders were only around messi and assaulted him physically most of the time. But wait...why am I writing all this. As the title goes, the jabulani effect produced sudden heroes and unforeseen villans, but at the end its all about adapting ourselves to the situations and making the change our advantage. So guys even if something really goes bad in your life like your long time lover marrying you yourself, make sure you turn that to your advantage by at least not letting her to work at the same office..:)

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