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Posted by Trini Kid - - 0 comments

Sup Travellers?! The goals have been pouring in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and it has baffled many sports experts and enthusiasts. A lot of theories have been made by many professionals but one engineer from NASA named Rabindra Mehta has allegedly solved the mystery.

In an interview with Nautilus magazine, Mehta claims that the Adidas ball being used in the tournament — the Brazuca — is far more predictable in its movements, benefiting the strikers. It is a much better ball than the balls used in the previous world cups which were criticized by many for moving too erratically in the air.

"Every object has a boundary layer, which is basically a thin layer of air very close to the surface of the object," Mehta said. "On a soccer ball, it's just a millimeter or two thick. The boundary layer eventually becomes turbulent at a critical speed. So, when a ball hits that critical speed, the boundary layer gets energetic and gains momentum. The drag [behind the ball] drops, causing the ball to 'knuckle'" — the ball's flight pattern suddenly takes on a mind of its own."

So basically, the balls used in the 2006 and 2010 world cup were only predictable up to particular speeds but whenever it crosses the critical speed of 35 mph it begins to "knuckle". But the 2014 world cup ball has a bit more drag so when it crosses the critical speed it still is able to remain predictable, therefore players will have an easier time.

I think this definitely makes sense because I've seen some really precise cross-balls throughout this World Cup especially by the Germans. There has also been a lot of shots on target.

So if this is true that we may actually get a really entertaining World Cup final. Anyway, my name is Trinikid and you've just been informed.