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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

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