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  • Gallery Top 2010 World Cup controversies

    VUVUZELAS: Worldwide audiences and soccer stars – including Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Argentina’s Lionel Messi – have complained about the incessant high-pitched whine of the long plastic horns, called vuvuzelas, seen here at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa. That reignited calls to ban the vuvuzela, but FIFA chief Sepp Blatter put an end to that discussion early in the tournament. A Cape Town businessman has touted his design for a slightly quieter vuvuzela that reduces the tuneless horn's sound output from a deafening 134 decibels to a more manageable 121 decibels. That sounds good.

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  • Bad calls: Top five refereeing gaffes of the 2010 World Cup

    Africa Monitor Bad calls: Top five refereeing gaffes of the 2010 World Cup

    We all thought the phantom foul called against the USA in the Slovenia game was bad. Hardly. Frank Lampard's ignored goal for England Sunday was an all-time howler. Check out our Top 5 bad calls.

  • World Cup Group F: Arrivederci Italy, Hello Slovakia!

    Africa Monitor World Cup Group F: Arrivederci Italy, Hello Slovakia!

    Arrivederci Italy! The 2006 champs finished last in World Cup Group F and exited the tournament with a 3-2 loss to Slovakia. The Slovakia team moves on to the next round.

  • Gallery Top 2010 World Cup controversies

    VUVUZELAS: Worldwide audiences and soccer stars – including Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Argentina’s Lionel Messi – have complained about the incessant high-pitched whine of the long plastic horns, called vuvuzelas, seen here at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa. That reignited calls to ban the vuvuzela, but FIFA chief Sepp Blatter put an end to that discussion early in the tournament. A Cape Town businessman has touted his design for a slightly quieter vuvuzela that reduces the tuneless horn's sound output from a deafening 134 decibels to a more manageable 121 decibels. That sounds good.

  • Italy vs. Paraguay: Italy comes back swinging in the second half

    Africa Monitor Italy vs. Paraguay: Italy comes back swinging in the second half

    The plucky Paraguayan team got off to a good start with a first-half goal against the reigning champions, but the Azzurri came back hard in the second half to tie the Italy vs. Paraguay match 1-1.