Veteran Egypt goalkeeper Essam El Hadary has seen more than most over the course of a remarkably enduring career.
The 45-year-old was poised to become the oldest player in World Cup history last week, only for Egypt boss Hector Cuper to prefer Mohamed El-Shenawy for the opening Group A loss to Uruguay.
Having made his international debut in 1996, El Hadary has lived through the conjecture of numerous supposed advances in match ball technology – a topic for conversation every time a World Cup rolls around as Adidas treat FIFA to their latest much-trumpeted interpretation.
Grumbling from the goalkeeping community is generally never too far behind and its most senior citizen at Russia 2018 let out a weary chuckle when the Telstar 18 came up ahead of Egypt's crunch showdown with Russia in St Petersburg.
"Yes, we are the victims of FIFA and the ever-developing football," he said. "Every four years there are new footballs.
"The football might be more acceptable to the players than to the goalkeepers. Sometimes there are problems and the goalkeepers are always the victims.
"Whenever there are new balls we need to be able to practice more. This ball has some problems but all the goalkeepers are facing that problem.
"Maybe the balls are not always of good quality or acceptable to the goalkeepers but as goalkeeper we have to be ready."
In fairness, we are nowhere near the levels of Jabulani hysteria – Adidas' infamous giant leap for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa that Gianluigi Buffon described as "horrible" amid a wave of criticism that included condemnation from NASA.
But the tally of three direct free-kicks scored at this tournament already matches the number netted during the entirety of Brazil 2014, with further long-range goals casting possible light on the "problems" El Hadary alludes to.
The sight of two burst Telstar 18s during France v Australia was a moment Adidas will want to forget, given their assurances over a ball "engineered to provide performance and durability both in the stadium and on the street," following rigorous testing assisted by the likes of Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus.
David de Gea described it as "really strange" before his performance in Spain's 3-3 draw against Portugal that would fit a similar description.
"I know what you're talking about. There was a lot of criticism against this ball but we cannot change anything now," Igor Akinfeev, the goalkeeper and captain of the hosts, said as he sounded a more diplomatic tone to El Hadary, while decked out in his Adidas regalia pre-match.
"There is a sponsor that brings in the ball for the tournaments like this. We have to keep the ball, we have to make it stick to our palms.
"Technologies are improving. Footballers are scoring from 40 metres. A ball is a ball – what can I say?"
Before a pivotal World Cup encounter at Krestovsky Stadium, it seems the goalkeepers' union will once again have a fertile topic for discussion when they line-up in the tunnel.
|Azarenka advances before rain hits Miami Open|
|Spurs coach Popovich gives Wade special gifts before final matchup|
|´You just gotta keep pushing´ – Kobe Bryant gives advice to LeBron James|
|Kyler Murray criticism ´garbage´, says Oklahoma team-mate Powers|
|MLB preview: Projecting AL Central|
|Krstajic: Jovic can play for Barcelona|
|Zion Williamson and five other stars to watch during March Madness|
|Low hints Neuer to start Euro 2020 qualifiers as first-choice goalkeeper|
|Low allays Sane injury fears after crude challenge|
|Wales fresh for Slovakia clash – Giggs|
|ES Tunis to face CS Constantine in CAF Champions League quarter-finals|
|Renato Sanches ´not happy´ at Bayern Munich|
|Germany 1 Serbia 1: Goretzka salvages draw for Low´s new-look side|
|Wales 1 Trinidad and Tobago 0: Woodburn late show boosts Giggs|
|Germany fans pay tribute to axed trio Hummels, Muller and Boateng|
|Bucks forward Mirotic out two to four weeks|
|Mourinho sacked due to results, not player power – Pogba|
|Lukaku out of Russia game, Belgium boss Martinez confirms|
|Tudor replaces Nicola at Udinese|
|Bert van Marwijk appointed by UAE|
|Klostermann handed Germany debut, Neuer preferred to Ter Stegen in new-look team|
|Halep brings in Dobre as new coach|
|NRL Opta facts: Burgess and Murray out to repeat strong starts in round two|
|Harper happy Trout blew him out the water|
|Morata unsurprised by reported Man City interest in Saul|
|Injured Alexander-Arnold pulls out of England squad|
|Martinez wants Icardi resolution|
|Morata defends Simeone from criticism|
|Pogba: Real Madrid is a dream for anyone|
|Tierney joins Robertson in missing Kazakhstan-Scotland|
|Ichiro´s standing ovation & A´s pitching woes - Five things you may have missed from MLB opener|
|De Jong asked Koeman for Barcelona advice|
|Proteas duo Ngidi and Nortje ruled out of IPL|
|Meet Brody Oliver - The engineering graduate set to test his NFL mettle|
|Rayo Vallecano reappoint Paco Jemez|
|Neres, Rice, Zaniolo and the most exciting debutants of the international break|
|Giroud hints at Lyon interest|
|PRB confirms all four Welsh regions will remain next season|
|Salah goals will come again, believes Klopp|
|Casillas to end career at Porto after signing new deal|
|Pogba wants Solskjaer to get permanent Manchester United job|
|Vunipola defends captain Farrell|
|Crazy season is testing Tottenham´s character, says Rose|
|Anscombe warns of potential Wales exodus|
|54 shots and lose 1-0 - Nacional Potosi suffer ultimate smash-and-grab defeat|
|Middleton: Bucks itching for the playoffs|
|SANZAAR to clarify Super Rugby future amid reports of Sunwolves axe|
|Trippier admits he ´could have done better´ for Tottenham|
|Thompson non-committal over World Cup|
|Heaton hails ´outstanding´ England rival Pickford|
|Ronaldo doesn´t have to prove anything – Cancelo|
|Bucks hand Lakers fourth consecutive loss|
|Menotti worried about ´very tired´ Messi|
|Gabriel Jesus: Post-World Cup most difficult moment of career|
|Rockets´ James Harden makes NBA history|
|Musso honoured to have Messi back with Argentina|
|Clippers coach Rivers denies report he´s interested in Lakers job|
|Former Packers linebacker Matthews signs with Rams|
|MLB preview: Projecting AL East|
|Raiders sign linebacker Burfict|
|Adrien´s a prisoner at PSG – Rabiot´s mother slams Ligue 1 champs|
|Navas criticises Solari over lack of Madrid chances|
|Vinicius: I chose Madrid project over Barca money|
|Griezmann´s sister denies Barcelona contact|
|Barkley on Beckham trade: I was sad to see him go|
|Fleming steps down as Stars head coach|
|Rain washes out Miami Open as Andreescu prepares for action|
|PSG condemn ex-Manchester United defender Evra´s comments|
|Cowboys sign former Packers wide receiver Cobb|
|Nations League glory would top World Cup run, says Kane|