Lost my power last night, so I couldn’t post. I left this in reply to a comment that the complaint about the ball is a canard.
Every recent World Cup, the goalkeepers complain about the ball before the World Cup and a little bit during. But pretty much only the goalies.
But this is the first World Cup where _everyone_ has been complaining about the ball _since they got to South Africa._ That last part is key, because the ball had been tested in league play, but apparently not in any situations with altitude. And the current theory is that the ball performs quite well at sea level, but quite differently above sea level.
If there wasn’t something different, how come this is the first World Cup where everyone is complaining? How come it is the first World Cup where I can see that the ball is performing differently, and I’m pretty contrarian by nature? Even FIFA (an organization not known for recognizing its errors, to say the least) has acknowledged that the ball may have problems.