If you have been watching the World Cup on ESPN, and God forbid in person, you surely have heard the annoying sounds of the horns in the crowd. Those horns are called “vuvuzelas”. They are also known as stadium horns and are approximately 3 ft 3 inches in length. It is commonly blown by fans at association football matches in South Africa. It is played using a technique of blowing through one’s compressed lips to create a buzz, and emits the annoying and apparently deafening sound.
Vuvuzelas have been a controversial topic during this year’s World Cup. Prominent players like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have gone on record that the vuvuzelas are ruining the game and experience. “It is impossible to communicate,” said Argentina’s Messi, the world’s best player. “It is like being deaf.”
“It is difficult for anyone to concentrate,” Ronaldo the Portugal star told a press conference. “A lot of players don’t like them, but they are going to have to get used to them.”
They have been associated with permanent noise-induced hearing loss. The vuvuzelas have also been blamed for drowning the sound and atmosphere of football games. Commentators have described the sound as “annoying” and compared it to “a deafening swarm of locusts” or “a giant hive full of very angry bees”. It has been a sensitive subject as these horns are quite important to the people os South Africa, the country hosting the games. FIFA has gone on record that the horns aren’t going anywhere. They are a part of the culture and should not be tinkered with, as other countries would not like that done with their traditions.
Watch a World Cup game and hear them for yourself. Everyone has an opinion on the vuvuzela. Some are not bothered by them at all.
I challenge you to check this link out and decide how much vuvuzela YOU can take!!
If you feel after hearing these, you MUST own one: www.soccer.com