World Cup: Swiss train to cope with vuvuzelas and Spain

June 15, 2010 20:53


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DURBAN, South Africa — Switzerland has not just been honing its football skills before its World Cup opener against Spain. Coach Ottmar Hitzfeld says his team also has trained to cope with the deafening din of vuvuzelas.

The German coach says he scheduled an extra public training session and invited South African fans, knowing they would bring their plastic horns.

Hitzfeld said Tuesday it was good practice for his players to get used to communicating on the pitch when their voices are drowned out by the constant monotone buzz of the vuvuzelas.

However, it may not give Switzerland that much of an edge — Spanish players are no strangers to vuvuzelas after playing in the Confederations Cup in South Africa last year.

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