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The Vuvuzela is like Marmite.

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Well, we are into the World Cup – there have been some down moments (Robert Green, I am talking to you) and also some moments that I already have loved (Paraguay going 1-0 up against Italy made me chortle, and Henri appealing for handball, then swiftly thinking better of making a fuss, was another.)

But most of the talk has been about the Marmite of the football crowd instruments – the Vuvuzela. It seems you either love them or hate them.

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What the World Cup means to me

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I am on countdown. I simply love the World Cup.  I like football a lot, but I am not crazy mad about it.  But the World Cup really gives me goosebumps and I love the atmosphere it creates. There is nothing else like it.  I know there are lots of ladies out there that are preparing to be widowed for a month, but I am not one of them. I am excited and nervous. And I already have my World Cup Wall Chart ready. Really I do. And a sweepstake for work.

Outside of the World Cup I struggle to find other nations leagues or internationals watchable. But during the World Cup I will watch as many matches as I can.  Maybe that’s just weird. But it’s true.

My first full submersion into a World Cup was Mexico 1986. And I still maintain to this day that this was one of the best tournaments ever, certainly my favourite by far.  Probably the nostalgia, but it really lit my football fire.  I was also utterly in love with Gary Lineker. (Something I have definitely grown out of, I may add).  Obviously ’86 will forever be known as Maradonna’s ‘Hand Of God’ cheating bastard handball goal, but for me, it was an introduction to a wonderful sporting tournament that I still love today.

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