And no! vuvuzela isn't Swahili for penis, instead, it's a musical instrument per se, that's been a very hot topic in the past few weeks. The reason for it popularity being the 2010 FIFA World Cup, now being held in South Africa. And I must say, after four years, the battle for glory is back with a bang. This 19th edition of the world cup is set in South Africa and involves 32 teams battling each other out over one month to be ultimately crowned the World Football Champions and take home that 'golden lady', and the winners cash prize of $30 million!
Competing for the cup are last years winners Italy, who despite not having a side as impressive as the 2006 team are hoping to retain the title. Other favorites this time are 5 time winners Brazil, who have come out strongly even without players like Ronaldino and Ronaldo. Other teams that came into the competition as favorites include Germany, Portugal, Spain and Argentina. But so far, Portugal and Spain haven't lived up to the high expectations placed upon them, both are yet yo win a match. Germany on the other hand won its first match 4-0 against Australia but lost 0-1 against 15th ranked Serbia.
However, Argentina's story has been different. Featuring FIFA player of the year, Lionel Messi and led by none other than the charismatic Diego Maradona himself, they are at the top of their table with 2 wins in 2 games. I think they might just go onto win this years cup *fingers crossed* But it's still too soon to say, considering the many surprises that football encompasses. Other than the upsets and surprises, things to note in this cup are the Vuvuzela and the Jabulani, which may even be responsible for some of those said upsets and surprises.
The Adidas Jabulani is the official ball used in this year World Cup. Compared to the 2006's Teamgeist, the Jabulani is lighter and has better aerodynamics, which players complain has made the ball more unpredictable. This unpredictability has been quite visible as corners and free kicks don't dip in as much as they're supposed to. Well, it's either that or because experts like Roberto Carlos and Hernan Crespo are absent. But whatever the case, it certainly has made play a little interesting because players are forced to take the ball closer to the net before they fire in.
If you've been watching the matches, you would've experienced that strange buzzing noise in the background, emitted by fans using Vuvuzela horns. These are plastic horns native to Africa and often used at such events, but this I suppose is the first time, so many have been blown simultaneously. It's a rather blunt, unpleasant noise which players claim are affecting communication on the field. But there are methods to filter the noise and some cable services are using it.
Well despite the all this, the World Cup is still as exciting as ever and as the primary group stages end, it's only bound to get more interesting. To finish this off, I know that unless you have cable TV, you're only able to watch 1 match a day on Channel Eye, but not anymore. There is an alternative, which allows you to watch all 3 matches, but maybe not with the same quality. Enjoy!