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Football Ladies - World Cup South Africa 2010

Updated on June 16, 2010

World Cup South Africa – Here I come…

Well, with my remote control and Television. Thank goodness for Technology, most of us are enjoying it from the comfort of our homes or a big screen somewhere else or at work on the Internet. (Ha!) You know who you are.

Now, we ladies don’t know much about football. (or should I speak for myself). There’s a few things I have observed in South Africa World Cup 2010, that I’m actually seeing for the first time even though I do watch football some times.

1) I’ve noticed, players push each other when tackling and when the person they have pushed falls, they put their hands up, as if to say “it wasn’t me” or “ I didn’t touch him” (Example, the gesture below). Why do they put their hands up?


2) There is a constant noise in the South Africa Stadium – it sounds like a continuous swarm of bees. My friends say it’s the South African Horn. I don’t know how players manage to concentrate through that noise.

3) It’s interesting to see the way the Managers have all learnt “sign language” to communicate to their team while they are playing live. They are so intense with it, sometimes I can’t help but laugh.

4) Just noticed there are actually 2 referees in all games. Were there two in the games for the last World cup or have I suddenly got improved vision in my eyes?

5) When the players come out they all hold a child (O.K, I this I see in every game) but I think - what if in one game, a child let go of the Footballers hand and had a little run round the stadium for a good 5, 10 mins and it delayed the match a bit.

The South African Horn

Finally, I like the look of the World cup Footballs. I have been wondering if anything special is done with them after each Game. Do they throw them away or use them again? If you know what is done with World cup footballs, please let me know in the comments box. I’m just curious.

I hope you all continue to enjoy the Football World Cup season and may the Best Team win.

Ball used in all games for World Cup 2010

Funny Football Quotes...


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      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      @ Rossimobis.

      Amen Bruv. lol.

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      Chibuzo Melvin Mobis 7 years ago from Biafra

      I stormed into this today while circling in the site and simply wanted to use this opportunity to say Thank you South Africa! Proudly African!

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      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks very much, Mazelle. You guys did an exellent job in hosting the World cup. It must be so quiet now. lol.

      I'm glad you still got to watch it from home.

      Best Wishes. :)

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      Mazelle 7 years ago from South Africa

      Hi Lady_E. I'm from South Africa and I enjoyed watching the World Cup Soccer, although my team(s) didn't go through.

      I was laughing at your South African's called a vuvuzella and yes, it sounded like bees. Didn't really like that sound at all, that's why I didn't go and watch one single game at a stadium, but rather stayed at home and watching it from there. I like your hub, go well.

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      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      Hi Dreamreachout - I'll head there now. :)

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      dreamreachout 7 years ago

      Would you read "Doc Snow's" hub "Global Warming, science and wars" .. Its fabulous!!

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      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      Lol MickS, I was on the gin bottle. The final game was a bit dull but overall it was a nice Event. Thanks for explaining the 4 officials etc


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      MickS 7 years ago from March, Cambridgeshire, England

      Watcha Lady_E,

      you should be called Jane then the Rolling Stones come into play:-) sorry, anyway, two referees?, there are four officials: one ref, 2 linesmen, one fourth official, you must have been at the gin bottle, seeing double on the field:-)

      The final was abysmal, the film they showed afterwards, Bend it Like Beckham, was better.

      Interesting, amusing and well written.



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      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks Hubpages Writer - I hope you enjoy the final Game on Sunday (Holland and Spain). It's been an enjoyable World cup. :)

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      hubpageswriter 7 years ago

      Awesome hub. Since the World Cup is coming to an end, reading this hub gives me a fresh memory of what has been going on so far. It has been a good one up till now and hopefully it ends well too. The African horn is something to take note of. ;) Good hub here, Lady_E.

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      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      Hi Wavegirl - I am sure even when the football players return to their countries, that noise will be ringing in their ears for a few weeks. lol.

      Glad you liked the Hub and continue to enjoy the world cup. :)

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      Shari 7 years ago from New York, NY

      Like you I do not understand this game, but I am a girl that definitely likes to watch sports. . and I must say I loved this Hub and had a good laugh reading it! A buzz of bees. . what is up with that? It is the most droning noise I have ever heard. . Normally I would have shut the sound down but I dont understand the game enough ;) Thumbs up :) and funny:)))

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      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks SupportMed, glad you enjoyed it. Hope work is going fine.

      Best Wishes. :)

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      Support Med. 7 years ago from Michigan

      I am not really into watching sports. But, I enjoyed reading this hub! Hope you learn all you want to know, and more.Vote-up/rated!

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      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      ** Hi Happyher - I'm glad you enjoy it. It's nice to watch something different. Have a lovely weekend.

      ** Hello Kevin - thanks for explaining what that gesture could mean. Sorry, to hear about your Telly. Hope you can enjoy watching TV online while waiting for a new one. Good Excuse to go to the Pub where they show it too. :)

      Best Wishes.

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      Kevin Schofield 7 years ago

      Hi Lady

      Hi Lady_E, I think the hands up gesture is a vain attempt to appeal to the ref's sense of brotherly forgiveness. Forget it, on the pitch he is judge, jury and executioner. My telly has just given up the ghost, so I'm suffering World Cup withdrawal symptoms at the moment. Thanks for a great hub.

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      Tracy Morrow 7 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Awesome Hub! Soccer is my favorite. As a Soccer mom with a college Soccer player, I'd have to say I still don't understand everything, but I do love watching it, trudging through the fields on week-end long tournaments and watching the strategy and on going action this sport provides.

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      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      ** Rofl. Equealla. :)

      ** Cheers Hello, hello. Hope your ready for tonite. 18 June. England play Algeria. Regards.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Wonderful hub. Rather vuvuzelas than bad language chants. No you can't have those World Cup footballs.

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      equealla 7 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      Someone mentioned somewhere we have something to be gratefull for. It could have been 60 000 bagpipes! Imagine that!!! lol

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      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      ** Hi Wrath Warbone - thanks for stopping. :)

      ** Thanks for your kind comments Andromida. Those horns are big. lol. Best Wishes.

      ** Hello equealla - thanks for explaining Vuvuzela. Someone sent me a message on twitter about that word because I tweeted a Hub on Football Anthems and I wondered what she was referring to. 60,000 is a lot of noise, but I guess if people look at the spirit behind it, they can put up with it. lol

      Best Wishes.

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      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      ** Thanks Fastfreta - I hope you enjoy it as it's the first time you're giving it attention. Best wishes.

      ** Suny, thanks for explaining the hands up gesture. They really hate those cards don't they. Hope to see India play maybe in the next World cup. They are amazing in Cricket, I'm sure they'll excel in Football. Regards.

      ** Aaaaw Geogee - good memories. About cursing - in one of the world cup games with Brazil, Ronaldo was so angry with a player the camera was on him and we could read his lips as it mouthed 2 words. lol. Lots of Tension in these games. Hope you and your date had a Fab time and got some autographs. Best Wishes.

      ** Thanks HP Roy, I will certainly visit your FIFA Hub and update my knowledge of Football. Nice to read from you.

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      equealla 7 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      The South African horn you refer to is called a Vuvuzela. Luckily it causes great pain to the lips if used for a prolonged time by the "musician".

      Unfortunately there are approximately 60 000 or more lips, taking turns to create the tune.

      You only see the stadiums. Here we actually have notices in the shopping malls, warning the use of Vuvuzelas in the building is a offence.

      The fever runs high, so we tolerate the noise with a good spirit.

      I am gald I am not the only "ignorant and uninformed" about the game.

      Take care and great hub. Upped it for this.

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      syras mamun 7 years ago

      Great observation. I've been noticing this strange sound of "swarm of bees" in every match, but not knowing that those are from South African Horns-surly this world cup giving SA horns a great exposure.Your picture selection and positioning are awesome.thanks :)

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      Terry Chestnutt 7 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio

      That's too funny! Thanks!

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      H P Roychoudhury 7 years ago from Guwahati, India

      Thanks for your interest in football game. If you want to know more about football you please go through my article “World Unity and World Cup"(FIFA).

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      GeoGee 7 years ago

      This is cute. Reminds me of the time I took a date to a pro football game and it was her first time seeing the game in real life. During TV commercial breaks the players have to stand around and wait, and it took her a minute to figure out what was going on. She also discovered football players cuss an awful lot and the actual game dynamics are a lot faster in real life than televised.

      Love this hub. Keep them coming.

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      suny51 7 years ago

      I think 'two hands up'is sign of accepting that some thing has gone wrong but that wasn't intentional,so just don't bring a card out,any color wont be good here.

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      This is the first time that I've ever paid attention to "Football," not American. And I also heard that sound, and it was commented on by sportscasters. But a tournament lasting a month, WOW! Anyway Lady_E very good hub.

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      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      ** Thanks Dreamreachout - For the first time I noticed today at the beginning of South Africa and Uruguay. There were 4 of them. (referees). Enjoy the Football Festival too. :)

      ** Lol. I know Jai - What's a sportsaholic to do? - especially when there are 3 games shown live on TV everyday. Hope you continue to enjoy it. Regards. :)

      ** Hello Mike - thanks for explaining the possible meanings of that "hands up" gesture. I'm glad you are enjoying it and Congrats on your 100 Score. Saw you on the Homepage today. Best Wishes. :)

      ** Thanks so much DeBorrah - That is the actual Ball used in all the games in South Africa World cup. You are right about the questions. I have more now. lol.

      Have a Blessed week. :)

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 7 years ago

      Lady E, Nice hub! You have presented some interesting questions? I am sure by the end of the season you will have even more! I must say that is a great looking ball! ENJOY!

      Thank you for sharing, Peace & Blessings!

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      Mike Lickteig 7 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      I'm not as sure what the "two hands up" means in World Cup circles. In American sports, it is usually a "Who, me?" gesture, indicating shock that an official would accuse the player of any type of foul. A variation would be to look toward the heavens in a "Why me, Lord?" type of sign. They will then shake their head at the weight of their burdens.

      Sports are quite addictive, aren't they? I discovered this when I was twelve. I'm a spectator now rather than a participant, but I still appreciate sports a great deal.

      Hope you continue to enjoy the World Cup.


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      Jai Warren 7 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas

      I'm really confused about the rules, but am totally addicted. The matches are on ESPN in the early afternoon and it's so distracting (when you're trying to work). But, I can't turn it off! And, this is only the first round!!! What's a sportsaholic to do? :( Ciao!

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      dreamreachout 7 years ago

      Ha ha .. So you have caught the football fever too!! I am glued to the television and somewhat less on hub pages!! Right now seeing the Spain - Switzerland match!!

      Just a point to make .. There is only one referee who is assisted by two linesman on the two flanks and the fourth referee for effecting substitution etc. You must have taken one of these linesman to be another referee!!

      Enjoy the football festival!! :)


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