The lighter side of 2010 World Cup

Last Updated: Jun 23, 2010, 15:40 PM IST

Johannesburg: Iker Casillas’s girlfriend, Sara Carbonero is blaming the Spanish skipper for their loss to the Swiss and has demanded an explanation for his error which led to the Swiss goal!

After the game, Carbonero apparently walked up to Casillas and asked him: “How did you muck that up?” leaving the keeper a little `bewildered`. Once voted the sexiest journalist in the world, (apparently you can vote for anything these days) Carbonero seems to have now found her way into the bad books of the Spanish fans, who are now blaming her for “unfairly distracting” Casillas during the game! She has now been voted the second biggest nuisance of the World Cup, with the Vuvuzela beating her to the title!

The Things We Do For Love!

Tournament favourites Spain were beaten 1-0 by Switzerland in their opening match in the World Cup and after Carbonero’s grilling of the Spanish No. 1 (on live television, by the way) websites across the Mediterranean nation are now claiming that she “sapped his energy” with her presence. Evidently, that has something to do with her sex appeal!

Esposas y novias (that’s Spanish for WAGs) were banned from accompanying the players to the World Cup. Carbonero’s presence, however, was inevitable as she is a sports journalist for Spanish network Telecinco and does post match interviews with the team. Carbonero had hit back at claims that her presence could be unsettling for the team by saying, "Can I really destabilise the team? I think it’s nonsense".

Oh the irony!

Fabio Capello Gets Vuvuzelas Banned In Team Hotel

England boss Fabio Capello has forced his hotel to ban Vuvuzelas from their premises in order to ensure that his team can get a good night sleep. The Don decided he’d had enough when the deafening instrument was being blaring at the team hotel till three in the morning.

Hand Me That Vuvuzela!

The 64-year old was further infuriated when he found that a local pub was doling out the instruments for free. All you had to do to own your very own Vuvuzela was guess the score of the South Africa-Uruguay match! The din created by the Vuvuzela enthusiasts near the team quarters has left hotel authorities with no choice but to impose a ban on them. If you are caught with a Vuvuzela, you are told to leave. Even those who are not playing them are required to leave them at their hotel rooms while they are on the hotel property.

First the ban on WAGs, and now this! Is it just me or is there too much Fascism involved in this tournament?

Vuvuzela Inventor Defends The Din!

If you think everyone has the World Cup at their lips, you’d be wrong.

It is, in fact, the Vuvuzelas that everybody has on their lips!

South Africans have accepted the Vuvuzela as the emblem of the World Cup and they seem to be everywhere! The plastic made instruments of mass torture are available for 60 rand and the Chinese copy (China is everywhere too, you know) is available for just 20 rand.

Spot The Fake!

But the Vuvuzela, best known for their ear piercing din, are now coming under heavy fire. And just like Dr Frankenstein, we have Neil van Schalkwyk springing up to defend his monster. Schalkwyk, who created the Vuvuzela several years ago said, "Our Vuvuzelas have the purest sound and they are the easiest to blow. A two-year-old could play it."

A couple of things need to be pointed out here. Firstly: ‘purest’? I wonder if the Vuvuzelas have already initiated his slow decent to insanity. A flute is pure. A clarinet is pure. A Vuvuzela is like a buzzing bee!
Secondly: The fact that a two-year-old can play it is why Vuvuzelas are so dangerous! Unlike the bagpipes and the new-in-town Kuduzela, they require no mastery. I’m sorry, but that’s just scary.

Schalkwyk added, "Our Vuvuzelas also have a much more comfortable mouth-piece. I think at the end of the World Cup we`ll see a lot of people with cut, sore lips."

Sure. “Sore lips” are what we should be concerned about.

Neil van Schalkwyk says that watching his Vuvuzelas sold at every tiny corner shop and listening to the noise ringing out of them makes him very proud. This, coincidentally, is the same thing Mikhail Kalashnikov said about his AK-47s.

The 37-year-old entrepreneur has a background in tool making and claims his idea for the Vuvuzela was inspired by fans he spotted making horns using tin. He had initially named the horn Boogie-Blaster, and after other creative experimental names like Tone-Deafener and Ear-Killer, it was later dubbed Vuvuzela - which means ‘pump’ or ‘lift up’ - by the fans.

Today, the Vuvuzela industry is estimated to be worth 50 million rand although Schalkwyk refuses to reveal how much he has earned from his invention.

"The Vuvuzela is a symbol of the way we can celebrate and how we would like the rest of the world to enjoy their celebrations as well.”

"They have become so popular, it has surpassed my wildest expectations," said Van Schalkwyk.

Well, you know what they say: One man’s expectations are another man’s nightmare!

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