The notorious revelation of the last World Cup won’t be landing in Brazil. These trumpets, traditional cheering instruments at the great South African tournament, were shown — and blown — to the world via the media in South Africa 2010, to be later disapproved of almost unanimously by the soccer world.
They were rejected by players, who had trouble communicating with their teammates during matches due to the noise. They were unpopular among commentators for the same reason. After South Africa, the vuvuzela was banned from the major European soccer competitions.
Many will sigh with relief when they notice this remarkable absence. But “if you thought vuvuzelas were bad,” The Guardian warned in April, “wait until you hear the caxirola.”