Gio goal vs Uruguay - all angles

Kubala

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I feel like even trying to take anything away from that is a bit shite but wasn't there massive complaints and criticism of the ball being a complete farce in that tournament? I think there was a disproportionate amount of long range goals when the ball was swerving in one but can't rememeber if it's that tournament or an earlier one.
 

Damask_Rose

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I feel like even trying to take anything away from that is a bit shite but wasn't there massive complaints and criticism of the ball being a complete farce in that tournament? I think there was a disproportionate amount of long range goals when the ball was swerving in one but can't rememeber if it's that tournament or an earlier one.
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Some football stars complained about the new ball, arguing that its movements were difficult to predict. Brazilian goalkeeper Júlio César compared it to a "supermarket" ball that favored strikers and worked against goalkeepers. Argentinian coach Diego Maradona said: "We won't see any long passes in this World Cup because the ball doesn't fly straight." However, a number of Adidas-sponsored players responded favourably to the ball."
 
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