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The upcoming 2010 FIFA World Cup is being held in Johannesburg, South Africa beginning this June. The Adidas designed game ball was just unveiled and is named Jabulani, an Isizulu word meaning to celebrate. The ball features 11 different colours chosen to represent the 11 players of each team and the 11 official languages and tribes of South Africa. The design of the ball aims to evoke ‘african spirit’. On the technical side, the ball uses Adidas’‘grip’n’groove’ technology which gives it stability and accuracy in flight. It also improves on the ‘goose bump’ design pioneered on the 2008 European Championship ball. The design was tested for use at Loughborough University in England and at the Adidas football laboratory in Germany. Many teams around the world have tried out the design and have given excellent feedback.
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