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Russia’s ‘Spoons of Victory’ are the 2018 World Cup’s vuvuzela

Finally, a noisemaker you can also use to eat soup.

Dayana Sarkisova

The blare of the vuvuzela was the soundtrack of the 2010 World Cup, buzzing over the pitch and through television speakers to make games across South Africa sound like they were being broadcast live from an angry beehive. With Russia’s “Spoons of Victory,” games at the 2018 World Cup will sound more like they’re coming live from a folksy Kaliningrad kitchen.

Get ready for the percussive sounds of “lozhkas,” a pair of wooden Russian spoons traditionally placed back-to-back and hit with a third to create a rhythmic beat. Fans at the matches across Russia this summer could bring their own spoons or purchase a starter kit at the venue. In that case, it will likely be an easier-to-use plastic set of spoons connected at the stems.

Designer Rustam Nugmanov got the Russian government’s blessing to produce a line of painted and branded lozhka sets called “Spoons of Victory.” They’ve been designated the official instrument of the 2018 World Cup.

But playing just two or three spoons is like starting a video game in easy mode. True lozhka fans will find a way to enter the stands in a full suit of wooden spoons, creating their own musical movement each time they sit down. Like this guy:

The ambient sound may be a quieter and less invasive tone than the vuvuzelas that tormented viewers in 2010 or even the “caxirola” maraca-like shakers heard in Brazil at the 2014 event. More importantly, it’ll give the 2018 World Cup a distinctly Russian flare.