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Soccer, sphere and science

Soccer, sphere and science
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First Published: Thu, Jun 17 2010. 09 48 PM IST
Updated: Thu, Jun 17 2010. 09 48 PM IST
Among the many ongoing debates happening in tandem with the FIFA world cup is that over the tournament ball, the Jabulani, designed by adidas. Its critics have contended that the ball behaves in unexpected ways, and that its oddities have led, for example, to freak goals like Maicon’s against North Korea.
On Just to Clarify, we wanted to get into the science of football design. After all, how does one continuously improve upon a sphere? What factors do football designers consider when they sit down to design a ball for a World Cup?
Our guest is Thomas van Schaik, who is the head of global communications for Adidas sports performance. Thomas joins us from South Africa, before he goes off to watch the Argentina-South Korea match later today.
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First Published: Thu, Jun 17 2010. 09 48 PM IST