Vuvuzela ‘sounds like Uwe Seeler’ but will it catch on in Germany?
A German official wanting to make the pronunciation of the African vuvuzela instrument clear to German reporters said last week: “Vuvuzela: it sounds like Uwe Seeler“.
This seems to be the only thing Seeler, the Hamburg striker who reigned supreme from the mid-50s to the early 70s, has in common with the African instrument that caused considerable controversy during the Confederations Cup in South Africa last month.
Seeler is a quiet, soft-spoken and reserved man while the vuvuzela makes a loud, monotonous drone that drove players and broadcasters crazy in South Africa. Many have asked FIFA to consider banning them during next year’s World Cup in the country.
Now a German firm has won the rights to market the instrument across Europe — “the original sound of South Africa” — and has ordered thousands of the little trumpets to be used by fans in the Bundesliga saying the vuvuzela craze will take off ahead of next year’s showpiece.
They have even ordered vuvuzelas that come in three pieces so they can not be used as missiles in stadiums as they fall apart upon impact.
The German soccer league said it would carefully examine the impact they have on matches before considering any action against them even though German national coach Joachim Loew has said he hates the sound.
“I would get rid of them if there was any way. The sound gets on your nerves after a while,” Loew said.
Several players who heard the sound in the stadiums during the Confed Cup share that view.
FIFA in turn ruled out banning them from the World Cup saying they were a crucial aspect of South African flair that was necessary for the success of the competition.
“(Banning them) would mean one would have to take away the cow bells from Swiss fans and ban English fans from singing,” FIFA’s Hans Klaus said last week.
But Germany’s southern neighbour, Austria, has already put a lid on them. Vuvuzelas will not be allowed in Austrian stadiums for fear they could be used as projectiles and could trigger aggression among fans, state authorities said.
At the end of the day, football is neither tennis, nor golf. It has always been a loud game. You already have drums, rattles, real trumpets, whole brass bands, cow bells, firecrackers and even didgeridoos.
Could we just leave the vuvuzela alone?