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Euro 2012 News: Why There are Black Nets for England’s Friendly Against Belgium

One week from today, Euro 2012 kicks off with the opening game of Poland against Greece. To get you ready for the tournament, here’s our daily recap of all the news you need to know including an actual factual article from The Daily Mail, instead of their usual transfer rumors gossip BS. Wonders never cease!

And, of course, don’t forget to listen to each of the EPL Talk Podcast previews of Groups A-D.
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  1. Ivan

    June 2, 2012 at 11:44 am

    Alan: yes, I play football and I have played w/ Jabulani quite a few times. It is truly an awful ball!

    Did you read the comments of numerous players during the last World Cup blasting the ball?

    Adidas basically said, in a circumspect way, “We’ve heard you; it’s a bad ball, we will make sure that never happens again.” Hope they will keep their word.

  2. Alan Knut

    June 1, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Ivan… do you play soccer?

    If so, you might understand that the Jabulani isn’t a bad ball and that the field turf pitches are better than overly wet or muddy pitches.

    The Jabulani has been used extensively since the world cup with no complaints. Used in the Bundesliga, MLS, Europa League, Women’s World Cup, number of cup matches and international matches. Used under different names, but the same ball. Altitude or lack of inflation was the issue with the Jabulani.

    If the bounce of the ball is why you can’t watch MLS, that is sad. I still watch Sounders matches, but what annoys me is the first touch of the players or the large number of aimless crosses. I feel, mostly, the difference in bounce is due to the skill of the pass/clearance. They are more often hit more into the air than those in other leagues.

  3. Ivan

    June 1, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    The black nets are awful, one of those things that drive me crazy. As much as I have enjoyed watch City play this past season, the black nets at the Etihad are just “ugh!”

    Balck nets are a top 3 annoying things in football, alongside the Adidas Jabulani abomination (worst ball in the history of mankind, let’s hope Tango 12 is an improvement; I don’t want Adidas destroying a second major tournament in a row), and artificial pitches at stadiums (Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers games: despite the great fan base, I can’t watch their games w/ the ball bouncing funny on the plastic pitch). A little kitten dies every time a game is played on a plastic pitch! Seriously!

    There. My Friday afternoon rant.

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