Is It Just Me ... Or Are Those African Horns Spoiling World Cup?

12 June 2010 11:17
I've waited years for this event in South Africa, and feel sad for knocking it on the first day. But does anyone else get a headache listening to that horrific droan while watching games? Alan Shearer claims it creates a "great atmosphere", but where is the atmosphere in one constant droan? Atmosphere is singing and chanting, goading the enemy, and shouting on your team . not blowing a f***ing trumpet for 90 minutes! Andy Townsend came up with the classic quote that the noise "is an advantage to South Africa because the Mexican goalkeeper cannot communicate with his defenders." So the South African goalkeeper CAN? Does he have a megaphone? GROUP A FIXTURES Friday, 11 June 2010SOUTH AFRICA 1 MEXICO 1 SOUTH AFRICA: Khune, Gaxa, Mokoena, Khumalo,Thwala (Masilela 45), Tshabalala, Dikgacoi, Letsholonyane,Modise, Pienaar (Parker 83), Mphela. Goal: Tshabalala 55. MEXICO: Perez, Aguilar (Guardado 56), Rodriguez, Osorio,Salcido, Torrado, Marquez, Juarez, Giovani,Franco (Hernandez 73), Vela (Blanco 69). Goal: Marquez 79. URUGUAY 0 FRANCE 0 URUGUAY: Muslera, Victorino, Lugano, Godin, Pereira,Maxi Pereira, Perez (Eguren 87), Arevalo Rios,Gonzalez (Lodeiro 63), Forlan, Suarez (Abreu 73). FRANCE: Lloris, Sagna, Gallas, Abidal, Evra, Govou (Gignac 85),Gourcuff (Malouda 75), Toulalan, Diaby, Ribery,Anelka (Henry 71). Wednesday, 16 June 2010South Africa v Uruguay, 19:30 Thursday, 17 June 2010France v Mexico, 19:30 Tuesday, 22 June 2010France v South Africa, 15:00Mexico v Uruguay, 15:00 GROUP B FIXTURES Saturday, 12 June 2010South Korea v Greece, 12:30Argentina v Nigeria, 15:00 Thursday, 17 June 2010Argentina v South Korea, 12:30Greece v Nigeria, 15:00 Tuesday, 22 June 2010Greece v Argentina, 19:30Nigeria v South Korea, 19:30 GROUP C FIXTURES Saturday, 12 June 2010England v USA, 19:30 Sunday, 13 June 2010Algeria v Slovenia, 12:30 Friday, 18 June 2010Slovenia v USA, 15:00England v Algeria, 19:30 Wednesday, 23 June 2010Slovenia v England, 15:00USA v Algeria, 15:00 GROUP D FIXTURES Sunday, 13 June 2010Serbia v Ghana, 15:00Germany v Australia, 19:30 Friday, 18 June 2010Germany v Serbia, 12:30 Saturday, 19 June 2010Ghana v Australia, 15:00 Wednesday, 23 June 2010Australia v Serbia, 19:30Ghana v Germany, 19:30 GROUP E FIXTURES Monday, 14 June 2010Netherlands v Denmark, 12:30Japan v Cameroon, 15:00 Saturday, 19 June 2010Netherlands v Japan, 12:30Cameroon v Denmark, 19:30 Thursday, 24 June 2010Cameroon v Netherlands, 19:30Denmark v Japan, 19:30 GROUP F FIXTURES Monday, 14 June 2010Italy v Paraguay, 19:30 Tuesday, 15 June 2010New Zealand v Slovakia, 12:30 Sunday, 20 June 2010Slovakia v Paraguay, 12:30Italy v New Zealand, 15:00 Thursday, 24 June 2010Paraguay v New Zealand, 15:00Slovakia v Italy, 15:00 GROUP G FIXTURES Tuesday, 15 June 2010Ivory Coast v Portugal, 15:00Brazil v North Korea, 19:30 Sunday, 20 June 2010Brazil v Ivory Coast, 19:30 Monday, 21 June 2010Portugal v North Korea, 12:30 Friday, 25 June 2010North Korea v Ivory Coast, 15:00Portugal v Brazil, 15:00 GROUP H FIXTURES Wednesday, 16 June 2010Honduras v Chile, 12:30Spain v Switzerland, 15:00 Monday, 21 June 2010Chile v Switzerland, 15:00Spain v Honduras, 19:30 Friday, 25 June 2010Chile v Spain, 19:30Switzerland v Honduras, 19:30