Somebody BAN the VUVUZELA please !!!

Vuvuzela is killing it !!! The cheap plastic horns are killing the world cup soccer viewing experience. There are basically tuneless horns producing cacophony.

Watching the world cup matches on TV, all one hears is noise produced by thousands of tunelss vuvuzelas and nothing else. It was good the first time we heard it, almost a novelty but then one half into it and we knew it that this was the world cup killer, if not controlled. It just ruins the football watching atmosphere totally.

Instead of the ‘ooohs’ and ‘aaahs’ of the spectators engrossed in the game, what one hears is senseless trumpet noise which irritates your ears more than a Himesh Reshmmiya solo song. No slogans, no spontaneous reactions, no songs, no banter, no insults, nothing can be heard over this cacophony. I have realized, like many others, that the best and perhaps the only way to watch world cup football on TV is by muting the sound.

Somebody please BAN these stupid horns and save football world cup. FIFA are you listening???

FIFA 2010 Predictions

Just a day to go before the biggest spectacle in the world begins in South Africa. FIFA World Cup Soccer 2010.

32 teams, 32 dreams, which one will become a reality in months’ time?

Going by the past world cup winners, there has been only 6 different nations that have won the world cup.  Brazil has won it 5 times, Italy has won it 4 times, Germany has won it thrice, Argentina and Uruguay has won it twice with England and France winning it once each. Barring 1958 edition, all world cups played on European soil have been won by European teams and all played outside Europe have been won by South American teams. Going by the trend it augurs well for a non-European team to win the world cup this time around.

Although, I will be personally supporting every African team, whenever they play, especially Ivory Coast. Africa’s time has come now!!

However here are my early bird predictions for the 4 semi finalists, purely based on my gut feel.

It would be Argentina, Spain, France and Brazil as the 4 Semifinalists, with Germany, Holland,  England and Italy missing out in the quarter finals.

I would bet Argentina to win the cup this time around.

Lets see if any of my predictions come true or not.

Here are my Updated Predictions after 1st round of Matches, just before the knock-outs begin.

FIFA 2010 Update – Europe is Back

FIFA 2010 Update – Spain Vs. Holland