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2014-06-03    来源:网络    【      托福雅思口语高分过

Depending on which player you ask, the "Fevernova" ball that sports equipment maker Adidas says provides the ultimate soccer experience is Uncontrollable, too big or just simply "stupid". The ball also has its fans, like England's David Beckham. but so far they seem to have been outnumbered by critics.

Adidas says the ball. splashed with gold coloring. is quite simply the best around-25 percent more accurate than the ball used at France 98 thanks to meticulous testing by scientists in Germany.

The tongue-twisting nature of its contents confirms that the World Cup ball has come a long way from the leather-and-laces variety that was common as recently as the 1960s.

The Fevernova's secret. Adidas says. is its radically improved Syntactic foam and unique knitted Raschel fabric.

Given that this is supposed to make the ball faster and provide the freekick specialists like Beckham with more power, it may not be surprising that goalkeepers like Buffon are unhappy. Spain goalkeeper Pedro Contreras said the bail acts "strangely", while Danish keeper Thomas Sorensen admitted gloomily that it would probably result in more spectacular goals. "As a goalkeeper, you have to live with the fact that the makers create balls for the benefit of strikers." he said before leaving Copenhagen for South Korea.

But outfield players have also weighed in with criticism, many saying the ball is too light and therefore hard to control. "It’s big and it's too light," Japan's Jiji news agency quoted Brazilian forward Edilson as saying earlier this month. while striker Rivaldo said it soared too far when kicked.

Journalists at the main press centre in Yokohama have been given the chance to try out the Fevernova from the penalty spot, with the aim of hitting special targets in the goal. So far. few have been able to score more than five out of ten, although this may have little to do with the quality of the ball.

Putz. admits that the ball is on the light side of FIFA's 420 to 445 gram weight requirement. but says it is no bigger than previous balls.

The controversy over the ball also has an off-pitch dimension. Industry insiders say it may be no coincidence that players from Brazil. sponsored by Adidas rival Nike, have been among the ball's most vociferous critics.

The same might go for the praise dished out for the ball by Beckham. one of the main players used to promote Adidas equipment.

【参考译文】
[1]人们说“飞火流星”这种足球无法控制、太大或者“太笨”,而“飞火流星”的制造商阿迪达斯公司却说它提供了一种最棒的足球体验,人们的说法得取决于他们问的是哪一个运动员。“飞火流星”也有其推崇者,像英格兰队的大卫·见克汉姆,但迄今看来是贬多于褒。

阿迪达斯公司声称,金光闪闪的“飞火流星”是足球中的极品——比98年法国世界杯用球的精准度提高了25%,这都是因为在德国的科学家对其进行了极其精细的测试。

直到20世纪60年代,世界杯专用足球不论怎样变化通常都是以皮革和线缝制的, [2]而现在“飞火流星”的制作材料那拗口的特性证实了足球制作工艺的发展走过了很长的路。

阿迪达斯公司声称,“飞火流星”的秘密在于使用了性能极大改善的复合泡沫塑料和独一无二的拉歇尔经编针织物。

既然足球的设计目的是提高其运行速度,使像贝克汉姆这样的任意球高手踢出的球更有力,那么像布冯那样的守门员们会感到不快就不足为奇了。[3]西班牙门将佩德罗·孔特拉斯说这种球的运行“古怪”,而丹麦守门员托马斯·索伦森则沮丧地承认,结果可能会有更多壮观的进球。他在离开哥本哈根到韩国之前说:“作为一个守门员,你必须面对这样一个事实,那就是制造商都是为前锋设计足球的。”

但一些外场球员也加入批评之列,许多人认为这种球太轻难于控制。日本时事通讯社引述巴西前锋埃迪尔森在本月初所说的话:“它太大又太轻”,而前锋里瓦尔多则说这种球踢起来飞得太远了。

在横滨主新闻中心的记者们也有机会试踢“飞火流星”,他们可以在罚球点瞄准球门的指定目标踢球。不过迄今还很少有人踢lO次能命中5次以上,尽管这个结果可能和足球的质量没有多大关系。

[4]普策承认“飞火流星”的重量在国际足联规定的420到445克之间偏轻,但他说其体积完全没有以往的足球大。

对“飞火流星”的争议有些跑调的地方。一些业内人士认为,由阿迪达斯的商业对头耐克公司赞助的巴西队属于对“飞火流星”最激烈的批评者之列可能一点也不是巧合。

[5]曾经为阿迪达斯运动用品促销的主力球员之一的贝克汉姆对“飞火流星”大加赞赏,也就不足为奇了。

【试题】
1. How does Adidas describe the "Fevernova”ba11?
A) The experience provided by the ball is the best so far.
B) The ball is almost impossible to control because of its large size.
C) The ball has gone through a long way of development.
D) The experience provided by the ball is most welcome by strikers.

2. What does the author think about the Syntactic foam and unique Raschel fabric chat are used to make the ball?
A) The materials have long been used in history.
B) The materials do not sound Familiar.
C) The materials are new and advanced.
D) The materials improve che precision of the ball.

3. The goalkeepers tend to admit reluctantly that_____________.
A) the ball is too strange to control
B) the ball is so light that it goes too fast
C) the ball may make the game more thrilling
D) the ball may help to enhance the strikers' skills

4. Which of the following js true according to Putz?
A) The ball is lighter than but of the same size as the previous ones.
B) The ball should have been heavier to meet the required weight.
C) The ball should have been bigger than the previous ones.
D) The ball is light but still meets the weight requirement.

5. According to industry insiders. Beckham's comment on the ball_____________.
A) is justified in his daily training
B) is out of commercial purpose
C) goes as radical as the Brazilian players'
D) is similar to that by the Brazilian players



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