MASTER THE WORLD CUP BALL
What does a new tournament mean? A new ball. In Russia it will be the Telstar 18: in 2010 it was the Jabulani, unpopular with players for changing direction in mid-air.
David Villa (right) finished as joint top scorer that year, and says plenty of practice with the ball was pivotal. “In football sometimes there’s a different ball or different weather conditions, so you need to figure things out,” he tells
FFT. “Of course everybody was saying that the Jabulani was not a good ball, but that was the ball. The ball wasn’t going to change, so we needed to be focused on playing well with it.”
Villa’s preparation paid off – he hit five goals to help Spain triumph in South Africa.