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Tired of feeling like a swarm of wasps is trying to invade your living room while you’re trying to watch the World Cup?  The constant droning of the vuvuzela being blown by the crowds filling the stadiums in South Africa during each World Cup game is enough to drive any broadcaster crazy.  However, a German sound engineer from Munich has come up with something that might be able to help.

It’s the Anti Vuvuzela Filter.  A 45 minute long mp3 that you can download and play during each game (obviously restarting the track for the next half, and possible extra time).

Here’s how it works:

The Vuvuzela sound like all other steady noise is a pressure wave, which consist of a compression phase and a rarefaction phase.

Our specially designed Vuvuzela noise-cancellation sound is a wave with the same amplitude but with an inverted phase to the original sound.

The waves combines to form a new wave, in a process called interference, which effectively cancel each other out -an effect which is called phase cancellation.

Depending on the circumstances the resulting soundwave may be so faint as to be inaudible to human ears.

It may be the best €2.95 you ever spent!

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Coverage of England’s first Football World Cup match against the USA was interrupted this evening.  ITV offered an apology via Twitter for the transmission error of the HD coverage on ITV1.

The apology read:

A transmission error in ITV1 HD’s service interrupted England v USA match. We apologise for the transmission interruption.

Were you watching? How long was the disruption?

2.00pm Monday 31 May on BBC TWO

Great Britain’s Beijing Paralympic stars, including Eleanor Simmonds, Matthew Walker, Liz Johnson and David Roberts, are in action live from the Manchester Aquatics Centre.

Thursday 18th February 7.30pm

The knockout stages of the Europa League begin with this Round of 32 clash between Liverpool and Romanian champions Unirea Urziceni. The Reds make their bow in the competition with Rafa Benitez in desperate need of silverware. The action is presented by Colin Murray with Pat Nevin and Stan Collymore. Commentary comes from Dave Woods and Graham Taylor.

The latest twist in a season of strife at Anfield sees Rafa Benitez’s Liverpool making their debut in the Uefa Europa League. The Reds were dumped out of the Champions League before Christmas having taken just seven points from six games. Losses to Fiorentina and Lyon conspired to send Benitez’s misfiring team out of a league that was once their natural stomping ground.

The manager has had little respite on the domestic front, with Liverpool languishing in fifth place in the Premier League after 23 games – 11 points adrift of the top three. A dreadful performance against Reading saw the club dispatched from the FA Cup, piling yet more pressure on Benitez’s shoulders. Critics have attacked the club’s decisions in the transfer market and point to Liverpool’s overreliance on injury-hit Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres. The latter faces a devastating six-week layoff for a knee injury, which will keep him out of this key Europa League tie.

To make matters worse, upheaval behind the scenes has set supporters firmly against the club’s owners. Tom Hicks Jr was recently forced to resign from the board after a row with a fan. This incident, combined with the ongoing speculation of a possible sale and the ever-present worry of Liverpool’s debts, has made the season as rotten off the pitch as on. Recent speculation has linked Benitez with a move to Juventus. Will the struggling Spaniard still be in charge when Unirea Urziceni come to play?

Liverpool’s opponents, meanwhile, recently missed out on becoming the first Romanian team in 13 years to reach the last 16 of the Champions League. The club finished third in their group, one point behind VfB Stuttgart, chalking up an impressive 4-1 away victory against Rangers and a 1-0 home win over Seville along the way.

The side’s success is all the more startling given that the club only reached the Romanian top flight in 2006. The town of Urziceni boasts 17,000 inhabitants and its stadium holds just 7,000. Urziceni have been playing their European home games in Steaua Bucharest’s stadium nearby. In the Romanian Liga 1, Unirea Urziceni are currently second, level on points with the leaders, CFR Cluj, and third-placed Steaua. However, Urziceni suffered a blow in December when former Chelsea star Dan Petrescu stepped down as manager to take over the reins at FC Kuban Krasnodar in Russia.

Urziceni’s new coach is Roni Levy, former manager of Maccabi Haifa and Maccabi Petach-Tikva in Israel. As manager of Haifa, Levy faced Liverpool in the third qualifying round of the Champions League in 2006. On that occasion, Benitez’s men beat Levy’s side 3-2 over two legs. Doubtless Levy will be looking for revenge in this week’s muchanticipated contest.

Former Chelsea and Everton winger Pat Nevin co-presents the Europa League Football this week. He took some time out of his busy schedule to offer his thoughts on the knockout stages of the competition. Pat won 28 caps for Scotland, making his debut against Romania in 1986. He scored five goals in his ten-year international career and also played for Clyde, Tranmere Rovers, Kilmarnock and Motherwell. He retired in 2000.

How important is this tie for Liverpool?
There is only one competition Rafa Benitez can win now as the Premiership has gone and the pressure is piling up on him following their FA Cup exit. Liverpool would not have contemplated playing in this competition at the start of the season but now they are holding a great deal of hope that being successful in the Europa League will turn their campaign around.

How will Benitez approach the game?
In the past Rafa has rested players in cup competitions, but we have already seen this policy scrapped. I am sure Liverpool will field their strongest possible team in the Europa League. Anything less than getting into the semi-finals will be seen to be a failure and Benitez cannot really afford another failure. It is important for them to progress for financial reasons, but also because Liverpool has not won a trophy since 2006, which is too long for them.

What do you think of the competition so far?
The Europa League has already proved to be a great competition this season. There are many strong teams in it and we have already seen some excellent games. The calibre of the teams in the competition who have worked their way through the group stage is very high and when you add the clubs that finished third in the Champions League group stages, the knockout stage is full of quality. Teams like Liverpool and Juventus bring an extra kudos to the competition now they are involved.

How do you rate Unirea Urziceni?
Although they have lost their manager Dan Petrescu to a Russian team recently, they are a good passing team and are technically gifted. They acquitted themselves well in the Champions League and were close to finishing in the top two of their group.

How do you think Fulham will fare against last year’s Uefa Cup winners, Shakhtar Donetsk?
I particularly like the look of Shakhtar – Fulham have been really unlucky to get them in the Round of 32. Much as I would like to see Fulham win that one, they are big outsiders against a team very experienced in European football. The draw for the following round of the competition has already been made and for Fulham to get the winner of Ajax v Juventus as a reward for defeating Shakhtar is particularly tough.

How will your former club, Everton, cope against Sporting Lisbon?
Everton have players coming back from injury and we are beginning to see them turn in some improved performances. I think they can make good progress in this tournament. If they defeat Sporting, they will face Galatasaray or Atlético Madrid – both good quality teams, but Everton have got what it takes to get past them.

Do you think the winter transfer window will benefit the British clubs?
Liverpool, Everton and Fulham are only likely to strengthen their squads during the transfer window. You may see some of the other teams in the Europa League having to sell some of their best players. This could have a big effect on their chances.

Thursday 17th December 7.30pm

Five presents another night of live Europa League football action as Everton host BATE Borisov in their final Group I game. The show is presented by Colin Murray, Pat Nevin and Stan Collymore, while Dave Woods and Kevin Ratcliff provide the commentary.

The group stage of the Europa League reaches its finale this week with teams scrambling to book a place in the knockout rounds.

David Moyes’s Everton have enjoyed mixed fortunes this term. In the Premier League, they currently lie in 12th place after 11 games. Their season got off to a terrible start with a thumping 6-1 loss at home to Arsenal. Wins against Wigan, Blackburn, Portsmouth and West Ham have been offset by losses to Burnley, Fulham, Bolton and Spurs. Consistency continues to elude the side, which has depended heavily on the goalscoring talents of Louis Saha. The French international is the club’s leading scorer by some margin, with seven goals so far this season.

Everton’s European campaign got off to flyer with a 4-0 home win against AEK Athens, followed by a 2-1 away win against BATE Borisov. But the Toffees came unstuck with a humbling 5-0 away loss to Benfica. The result was Everton’s heaviest defeat in Europe, although David Moyes could point to a squad containing nine injured men and two cup-tied players. A 2-0 loss in the return game made it two in a row against a skilful Benfica side.

BATE Borisov, meanwhile, have accrued four points in four games, with a win and a draw against AEK Athens. The side, from the Belarussian town of Barysaw, have just won their domestic league for the fourth time in four years. Their danger men include 23-year-old midfielder Sergei Krivets, who scored 14 times in BATE’s most recent domestic campaign, and 20-year-old striker Maksim Skavysh, who chalked up 12 goals in 24 appearances. Manager Viktor Goncharenko will be hoping his young guns can rise to the occasion in the intimidating environs of Goodison Park.

Thursday 3rd December 7.30pm

Five presents another night of live Europa League football action as Fulham host CSKA Sofia in this Group E clash. The show is helmed by Colin Murray, Pat Nevin and Stan Collymore, while Dave Woods provides commentary.

The group stage of the Europa League hurtles towards its conclusion this week as teams scramble to book a place in the knockout rounds.

Roy Hodgson’s Fulham have enjoyed mixed fortunes this term. In the Premier League, they currently lie in 11th place after eleven games. Hodgson picked up the Premier League manager of the month award after his side went unbeaten in October. Recent results include a memorable 3-1 win over Liverpool and a 2-0 victory over Hull, as well as impressive away draws against Manchester City and West Ham. However, losses against Arsenal, Aston Villa, Wolverhampton and Chelsea have pegged the club back to a solid, if unspectacular, mid-table spot. Danny Murphy and Bobby Zamora are top scorers for the club with three goals apiece so far.

In Europe this season, the West Londoners’ confident campaign has been upset by an unfortunate 2-1 loss to Roma in Italy. Red cards for Erik Nevland and Paul Konchesky capped a miserable night for the Cottagers, which left them third place in the group with two games left to play. Fulham’s European odyssey got off to a solid enough start with a 1-1 draw with CSKA Sofia in Bulgaria, followed by a decent 1-0 home win over current group leaders Basle, and a bad-tempered 1-1 draw with Roma at Craven Cottage.

For their part, CSKA Sofia picked up their only point in the competition so far in their draw with Fulham. The team is managed by former Sofia player and Bulgarian international Lyuboslav Penev, who replaced his uncle, Dimitar Penev, at the helm in March. So far, the 43-year-old coach has steered his charges to second place in the Bulgarian league – level on points with leaders Litex Lovech. But their European form has been poor, and Roy Hodgson will expect to seize all three points from this week’s clash.

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Wednesday, 4 November 2009, 7:30PM – 10:00PM

Steve Rider presents live coverage of Liverpool’s third UEFA Champions League group stage game against French side Olympique Lyonnais from the Stade de Gerland in Lyon.

Liverpool have had a tough start to the season, and lost 2 – 1 to Lyon in the first leg of this tie at Anfield. Benitez’s men will be looking for a win here to help their progress to the knockout rounds.

Steve is joined in the studio by former World Cup and Champions League winner Marcel Desailly. Commentary comes from Clive Tyldesley.

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