• 06.16.10

The Making of the World Cup Jabulani Ball: The Movie


Jabulani, the official ball of the World Cup, seems to be the focal point of the tournament so far. The $150, eight-paneled
synthetic ball is thermally bonded together, rather than being
stitched, as traditional footballs are. And this is how it is made, in a
factory in China:


Although Jabulani’s maker, Adidas, promised more goals than normal, there have been just 20 back-of-the-net opportunities in the first 12 games, compared to 28 in Euro 2008, and 30 in the 2006 World Cup. And a lot of anguished football fans are blaming the ball, because of strikes like this,
and howlers like that.

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My writing career has taken me all round the houses over the past decade and a half--from grumpy teens and hungover rock bands in the U.K., where I was born, via celebrity interviews, health, tech and fashion in Madrid and Paris, before returning to London, where I now live. For the past five years I've been writing about technology and innovation for U.S.