Vuvuzela – Local Football’s Beautiful Noise

June 23, 2009

“What’s plastic, a metre long, brightly coloured and sounds like an elephant? It’s the vuvuzela, the noise-making trumpet of South African football fans, and it’s come to symbolise the sport in the country. It’s an instrument, but not always a musical one. Describing the atmosphere in a stadium packed with thousands of fans blowing their vuvuzelas is difficult. Up close it’s an elephant, sure, but en masse the sound is more like a massive swarm of very angry bees.” (allAfica)

The Vuvuzela – Legendary Horn! (YouTube)

Money will talk louder than any vuvuzela (Reuters)
“The debate around the vuvuzela was always going to generate big noise but for some South African commentators it has become almost a neo-colonial conflict.”

No Heart? I’m All Heart Mother… (Foot Smoke)
“Lucky? Yeah. Holy shit, yeah. The U.S. got a waist-high boost from Brazil’s 3-0 thrashing of Italy to advance to the semifinal round of the Confederations Cup. But after the grit and determination it showed on Sunday, the team deserves some apologies, some reconsideration.”

Blue-collar Brazil still Kaká’s team (SI – Tim Vickery)
“Like many fans, my editor used the word ‘impressive’ when he asked me to write about Brazil at the Confederations Cup. And it’s hard to argue with the results. The Seleção won their three group-stage games by a combined 10-3.”

Scotland’s greatest export? (BBC)
“It is striking that three of the candidates being touted for the managerial role at West Bromwich Albion, vacated by Tony Mowbray on his departure for Celtic, are Scots. Preston North End’s Alan Irvine, St Johnstone’s Derek McInnes and Darren Ferguson at Peterborough United are young managers attracting the attention of club chairmen in England.”

A Dream Final Beckons (The Herald)
“GIVEN the drama that unfolded on Sunday night, nothing can be taken for granted but it’s hard not to believe that it’s all shaping into a Dream Final in this Confederations Cup pitting mighty Brazil and the team that is battling to replace them as the most exciting side in the world — European champions Spain.”

RvP & Steppin’ In The Right Direction (A Cultured Left Foot)
“Having resolved his defensive issues, Arsene has some work to do on the forward line with the siren call of Serie A serenading his strikeforce towards the rocks of oblivion. Nicklas Bendtner was the first to hear the sound but was steered to safety by Mr20%, who also conveniently has the part-time role of being Bendtner Senior.”

Gerard Piqué

June 23, 2009

“Gerard Piqué Bernabéu (born 2 February 1987 in Barcelona, Catalonia) is a Spanish footballer currently playing for FC Barcelona, as a centre back. A product of Barça’s cantera, he initially left the club for Manchester United where he played for four seasons, being rebought in 2008-09, and helping the club to become the first Spanish club ever to complete the treble.” Wikipedia, Gerard Piqué is back at Camp Nou, the man with Barcelona in his DNA (Guardian), Gerard Pique: From Fergie reject to Barça colossus (The Independent), ESPN, FANDOME