Back in the day, Tango used to run an advertising campaign with little orange men running about asking members of the general public: “Have you been Tango’d?”
So after the latest goalkeeping blunder by the Japanese incumbent with Oranje men running around the pitch...it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out where the inspiration for this slideshow came from.
Especially since I’ve just told you.
I'm planning on updating this as the tournament goes on, so if you think there are any more worthwhile candidates, leave a comment below.
The first victim was Rob Green. Clint Dempsey fired in a hopeful long range shot, it was going straight into the keeper's palms, everything was fine.
At least that’s what he thought.
Green obviously wasn’t aware he was about to be Jabulani’d, and this snapshot will surely haunt the England shot stopper (or should that be shot slopper?) for years to come.
A mistake that might prove even more critical for England as they drew 0-0 with Algeria in their next game. Oh deary me.
Not to be outdone by his group C colleague, Fawzi Chaouchi was also caught out by the vicious Jabulani swerve.
At least this one wasn’t as bad as Green’s, as Robert Koren’s strike actually required some kind of effort from the keeper to make a save. Chaouchi dived, but was promptly Jabulani’d as the shot zipped past him into the back of the net, consigning Algeria to a 1-0 defeat.
Not all is lost for Algeria. If they batter USA they could still qualify.
The latest example came today, as Eiji Kawashima was outdone by a Wesley Sneijder effort.
It looked fairly routine. The Dutchman struck the ball well, it looked like it was going straight to the Japanese keeper, who had opted for a flamboyant diving punch.
Don’t these guys learn? Kawashima was promptly Jabulani’d as the ball took a turn and went in via the left-hand fist of the keeper.
The Jabulani’d faithful must be trying to find their way onto Noah’s ark, as they keep coming in twos! Kawashima gets Jabulani’d in the midday game; Richard Kingson gets Jabulani’d in the next game.
You couldn’t write this stuff!
Mark Bresciano fired in a Jabulanicious free-kick, Kingson couldn’t cope with it, and Brett Holman popped up to drill it home.
Unlike other Jabulani’d nations, Ghana picked themselves up from the misfortune and equalised in the same half.
There are now no such things as goalkeeping errors, everything is either down to the amazing striking ability of outfield players, or by virtue of the keeper being Jabulani’d.
Thanks for reading, and remember...
You know when you've been Jabulani'd!