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World Cup Ball to Suck Less This Year, Adidas Promises

It aims to improve on awful 2010 version

(Newser) - In 2010, players had a big complaint about the World Cup: The ball didn't move right. The Adidas Jabulani was engineered as a theoretical improvement over your standard, 32-panel ball. With just eight panels, it had fewer stitches, and that, supposedly, meant a less-turbulent flight through the air, Brian... More »

Soccer Headers 'Damaging Brains'

Study finds mild damage in those who head the ball over 1K times a year

(Newser) - Soccer balls are a lot lighter than they used to be, but hitting one with your head too many times can still do bad things to your brain, a new study suggests. Researchers scanned the brains of 32 amateur players and found that those who headed the ball more than... More »

US Apologizes For Insensitive Soccer Balls

Afghans don't like prophet's name being kicked around

(Newser) - The US military apologized to Afghans today for soccer balls it distributed to young Muslim Beckhams in “good will.” The balls sported the Saudi flag, which carries the Islamic declaration of faith—including the names of Allah and Muhammad. An Afghan governor said villagers wanted to demonstrate against... More »

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