Monday, November 29, 1999

"Perfect football" for WC is 20 percent more accurate than any made before

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London, May 16 (ANI): Andy Harland, who used to keep goal for Shepshed Dynamo in Leicestershire, has spent four years creating the "perfect ball" that will be 20 percent more accurate than any made before and will be used during the 2010 World cup.Called the "Jabulani" - Zulu for "to celebrate" - the ball has tiny grooves in its eight-panelled surface to give it very true flight, the Daily Express reports.Dr Harland, 34, admits that he "wasn't the best" when he used to keep goal, but having the world's top players kick his ball about at the Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg in July is as good as being there himself."I'll take that achievement as the next best thing to actually playing there," said Dr Harland.With the help of a wind tunnel and a robotic kicker called Dave, the engineer designed the ball with the sports technology research group at Loughborough University, in Leicestershire, the paper reports.The grooves are designed to balance out the effects of the spherically moulded panels, equalising airflow over the surface and giving it the truest flight of any ball yet made. (ANI)

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