But it’s not just the goalies who suffer; the ball is far harder to control, bounces higher and heads off at speed away from chasing players. Passes are therefore often overhit and teams which rely upon an expansive passing game are disproportionately punished. I have just watched two exquisitely neat teams, Holland and Denmark, fail to string more than three or four passes together; it looked very much as if they were playing on early Astroturf. The ball, manufactured by Adidas, is called the Jabulani and is covered in tiny ridges and grooves which makes it swing in the air and speed along the ground. It is spoiling this world cup almost as much as the host fans with their bloody stupid horns.