Vuvuzela, Zakumi favourites on Google

2010-07-09 11:48

The vuvuzela, Zakumi, Luis Suarez and Paris Hilton were among top

ranked google searches about the Soccer World Cup over the last 30 days, Google

SA said today.

“The vuvuzela has certainly been one of the biggest talking points

of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, and has since crossed beyond our borders into other

countries,” said Google SA spokesperson Judy Taylor.

She said Google Zeitgeist – a search tool which examines global and

local, past and present search trends – revealed that the UK was the country

most interested in finding places to buy the vuvuzela.

They were followed by the US and the United Arab Emirates.

Uruguayans were most interested in the World Cup mascot Zakumi.

“The majority of searches (were) taking place just before Bafana

Bafana’s 3-0 clash against Uruguay.

“Peru, Argentina and Venezuela have also taken quite a liking to

this cuddly, green-haired leopard, who celebrated his 16th birthday during the

World Cup.”

Taylor said that searches combining the names of French coach

Raymond Domenech and South African coach Carlos Alberto Parreira rose –

particularly in France – after the famous handshake snub post the match South

Africa won in Bloemfontein.

A series of “Suarez” searches were sparked by Luis Suarez’s

infamous hand ball against Ghana during the quarterfinals.

The official World Cup anthem, Waka Waka, found the most popularity

in Bangladesh, followed by Paraguay and Mauritius.

People in Hungary, Argentina and India enjoyed K’naan’s Wavin’ Flag

song, although overall Waka Waka was more popular.

Although a number of celebrities were visiting South Africa during

the World Cup, US socialite Paris Hilton topped the list of searches.

Last week, Hilton and a former Playboy Playmate appeared in a World

Cup Court in Port Elizabeth on charges of dagga possession.

The charges were later withdrawn against Hilton.

Anyone wanted to search for their own rankings can visit google insights or google trends.

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