Prior to the Confederations Cup 2009 and the World Cup 2010, no one really knew what vuvuzelas were; after the World Cup, everyone had formed an opinion on them. Some saw them as adding to the atmosphere; others saw them as noisy distractions that could be done without. Players were particularly critical of them, with Lionel Messi saying that vuvuzelas hampered player communication. Hate them or love them, vuvuzelas added to the charm of the World Cup in a unique way.
Lampard’s ghost goal
England’s 2010 World Cup campaign came to a disappointing end in the Round of 16, where the Three Lions were dumped out by the old enemy Germany. The final result was 4-1, but the match is much more memorable for Frank Lampard’s ‘goal that wasn’t’. With the score at 2-1, England were losing but far from out, and Lampard tried a speculative effort that left the goalkeeper scrambling. The ball hit the underside of the bar, bounced down, before the goalkeeper scooped the ball away to safety. England players were aghast, replays showed that the ball had crossed the line – substantially so – but still, the referee deemed that the goal would not stand. England