World Cup 2010 has been ‘the poorest’ for fans and professionals who have looked forward eagerly to watching the greatest players on the planet congregate in South Africa.
The anticipated master classes of the beautiful game played at its finest never really materialised. Many of the world’s top footballers were made to look ordinary with misplaced passes and fumbling ball control.
World Player of the Year, Lionel Messi was unable to execute the divine finishing he demonstrated so regularly in La Liga. Runner up, Ronaldo couldn’t control the long range shooting that is a trademark of his game.
The reason was placed firmly at the feet of Sepp Blatter by Craig Johnston today. He accused Blatter and FIFA of ‘milking the cash cow’ and ignoring basic football requirements for financial gain.
The former Liverpool and Australia forward believes the ball was the single biggest factor in this summer’s World Cup disappointment.
The statistics expose the poor standards; low pass completion, the number of goalless games, poor ball control and the number of overhit crosses. Passes and shots weren’t able to be shaped or crosses ‘stood up’.
The reason, Johnston insisted, was the design of the ball and the way it has been constructed. He claims the ball has a lack of feel with players unable to generate the spin that is the art of the world’s best ball players.
The new Jubulani ball is estimated to generate over £100m in income world wide. He has implored Blatter not to endorse the ball which will hold back the work of coaches trying to develop the skills of young players around the globe.
The final will be played between Netherlands and Spain on Sunday. Odds to win the final are 13/8 Netherland with Coral and 4/7 Spain with William Hill.