Gomes - Germans have ball gain
Heurelho Gomes says Germany have an upper-hand at the World Cup after previous experience of using the 'Jabulani' ball.
By Danny Wright
Last Updated: 15/06/10 10:12am
Brazil goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes says Germany have an advantage at the World Cup after prior experience of using the controversial ball at the competition.
The 'Jabulani' has come in for criticism from all quarters in the build-up to the tournament and Gomes is latest goalkeeper to voice his disquiet at the ball.
Teams in the Bundesliga were able to use it from February, which has led some to suggest the Germany team have an upper hand over other teams in South Africa given their prior experience to the perceived difficulties in its use.
England defender Jamie Carragher is one player to share such a belief after Joachim Low's side romped to a 4-0 victory over Australia in their opening Group D match on Sunday.
Teams in all leagues were given the opportunity of using the Jabulani from March but Gomes was unequivocal in his stance on the matter.
When asked if the Germans were given an advantage, the Spurs goalkeeper told Sky Sports News: "I think so, because they know the ball.
"They know how the ball changes direction and the goalkeeper (knows) as well."
The 29-year-old also voiced the now typical criticisms of the ball's flight patterns, adding: "It's horrible, a horrible ball.
"I think it moves a lot and changes direction too short. When the ball comes towards you, you have to be careful because it's a strange ball.
"For goalkeepers and strikers it's a very difficult ball because when they go to head the ball it goes another way.
"It's difficult to score and for us as goalkeepers it's difficult."