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Fernando Torres and co bring irritating souvenirs back from South Africa

Vuvuzelas make their way to mainland Europe

Spain and their vuvuzelas

The constant droning foghorn din that was audible during every single Confederations Cup match was the result of an instrument known as a vuvuzela. The noisy plastic trumpets are very popular in South Africa, and are often blown by home fans in a frantic attempt to “kill off” the opposition.

Not only are they irritating, but they could also be used as a weapon, and perhaps a cynical instrument of marketing by opportunist companies who plaster their logos all over them.

After crashing out to the USA amidst a deafening chorus, Xabi Alonso made his views on the vuvuzela clear:

“I think they should be banned. We’re used to when people shout but not to this trumpet noise which doesn’t allow you to concentrate and is unbearable.”

Spain and their vuvuzelas

Alonso’s Spanish team-mates obviously didn’t share his opinions, as these pictures from Madrid Airport show. Fernando Torres must have been a particular fan of the insufferable noise, as he was proudly carrying two of them on his trolley.

Many have asked for vuvuzelas to be banned during World Cup 2010, but in-touch-with-the-people FIFA President Sepp Blatter opposes the idea, saying we should not try and “Europeanise” the World Cup.

*We apologise for the thoroughly crappy modifications made to the top pic. Blame ONTD for that.

12 responses so far
  • epiblast // June 30, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    Is it that they brought them back, or that they were given them as souvenirs and didn’t toss them in the bin as soon as they got off their plane but perhaps a little later in the day?

  • LFC // June 30, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Bull crap article that is trying to alienate Alonso from the rest of his Liverpool teammates. Who said that they didnt agree with him that they were annoying. It lookes like everyone got them as souveniers.

  • Kopite // June 30, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    I bloody love the vuvuzela’s!!! Winner! Such an awesome atmosphere is created unique to Africa. It will make the WC in Africa that much more colourful. The lot of you need to calm the heck down. The African’s love ‘em and it seems to be part of their football culture as I understand they blast the instruments at every single domestic game played. It is brilliant, unique and all those who are complaining about it and saying it needs to be band from stadia need to think very carefully about obstructing African culture! And Xabi needs to harden up. Seriously!!!!

    Brilliant Vuvuzelas!!!

  • Ryan Bailey // June 30, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    It does look like they got them as souvenirs, LFC, hence the article title.

    Not so sure about the alienation theory – perhaps you’re reading too much into a story about stupid plastic horns?

  • anthony // June 30, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Torres smuggled 24kilos of crack in those two vuvwhatevas.

  • E-R-P // July 1, 2009 at 4:42 am

    perhaps torres was confiscating them so no one would ever have to see use again..ever.

  • Corrine // July 1, 2009 at 5:03 am

    that is professional photoshopping ok

  • VUVUlova // July 1, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    If you dont like our vuvuzelaz suck-a-dick

  • anen // July 12, 2009 at 5:57 am

    Nice arrow it looks like a Big Irritated dick & a big mole of a scribble.

    oh and another thing how the F**k you pronounce “vuvuzelas” & what does it mean. Enlighten me with your culture

  • Kopite // July 12, 2009 at 6:24 am

    Vuvu is a slang phonetic word for the kind of noise it makes. It is a Zulu word for “making noise”. In some South African township slang it also comes from the word “shower”.

    The vuvuzela was first made with tin and was based on the animal horns the tribes people from 6 centuries ago used in battle and also when hunting.

    Masincedane Sport were the first company to mass produce the plastic vuvuzela in the 90s.

  • Marie // July 12, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    If u dont like the vuvu’s then you guys are babies…its our culture soooo…SUCK IT UP!!!!

  • jace // July 12, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    suck it up??!?!? lmao

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