Spanish star assesses new World Cup ball the 'Brazuca'

Adidas Brazuca

Spanish defender Raul Albiol assesses the Brazuca ahead of the World Cup.

The Brazuca; the ball which is to be introduced at the Brazil World Cup, has been heavily discussed in the wake of the tournament. Spain and Napoli defender, Raul Albiol is the lastest to give his feelings on the ball. 

The former Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool target, Albiol said, "We are used to having a new ball at every tournament, in South-Africa the ball was a bit different". 

The South-Africa 2010 World Cup ball, the "Jabulani" was heavily criticised for its unpredictability and was described as "a beach ball" as it swerved uncontrollably. Goalkeepers at the previous World Cup were baffled as it seemed that the ball had not been properly tested ahead of the tournament.

Adidas's new manufactured ball does not seem to be causing teams too many problems as of yet; Albiol insists there is no reason to blame the ball in the first place.

"There are no excuses, the ball is round and we have a team of great quality," he said. "So we will have the same problem as all the other teams". 

Albiol is part of an impressive Spanish squad who will be looking to win another tournament after success in the European Championships in 2008 and 2012, along with their World Cup final win over the Netherlands in 2010. 

Albiol will be keen to assert himself in the Spanish starting line-up as they prepare for their first group-stage game against the Netherlands on Friday June 13 in Salvador.



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