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La Coppa del Mondo

Italy

Italia

The Azzuri win.

[cat daddy and dr squeeky called it.]

6 comments

1 alice { 07.09.06 at 9:52 pm }

if Zidane hadn’t been red carded (although definitely a just call) we may be saying vive le france. So it was not the outcome I wanted, but it was an excellent game nonetheless and something the Italian fans will deservedly relish and replay. Which, from what I’m reading, it sounds like they’ll need in the days ahead.

2 Bryan { 07.09.06 at 10:05 pm }

I’m afraid with the relegations it will be quite some time before Italians see world-class football on their tellies. The A League may feature village teams before this is over. They get to add another star to their patch as this is their fourth win.

Zidane was having a frustrating game of “almosts” and “nearly” and he lost it.

Next year its the “Ladies”, and the US has a real chance to win the whole thing. Too bad they wouldn’t let them play on this year’s national team, or be this year’s team.

3 cat daddy and dr squeeky { 07.10.06 at 4:37 pm }

If Zindane… If France… If my grandmother had had wheels, she would’ve been a bycicle…. (Mexican saying, allow for the lost in translation effect…)

Excellent game? Depends, if you were rooting for France, the first half was bad, but the second great. The reverse being true for Italy. I gotta tell you all, although I wanted Italy to win, I was disgusted by the Extra Periods, their passing was awful and the looked bad. I almost wanted France to score. But then, Zizou did the unthinkable. I can’t understand how a seasoned, experience player can lose his head like that. On his last game EVER! I was then very happy that Italy won…

Zizou can say all he wants that he grew up in a poor area of Marseille, where he learned how to fight (apparently it was a literal statement)… Well, I’m sure he doesn’t live there anymore, which begs the statement that he should’ve learned better! There!
What happened to all the Joga Bonito crap!

4 Bryan { 07.10.06 at 7:53 pm }

The only shots that count are those in the net. The chances were there for both sides but they couldn’t find the net through the defenders.

After one extra they should go to sudden death – first shot wins – and forget about the set piece penalty shots and the clock.

Zidane might have made a difference, but there are no guarantees.

In English it’s close to: If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.

After all of the crap he took in the early years in Uefa, Zizou should have controlled it. They were using up red cards in this cup, so he had to know it was going to happen. The Germans lost a player who didn’t even make contact and it was after the Argentina game ended, so everyone should have figured out that no one was overlooking anything.

All I can think is that he was paying back for all of the garbage that he had put up with for all of those years. He should have held on and made even more money by writing a book about all of the jerks, instead of becoming one.

5 cat daddy and dr squeeky { 07.11.06 at 5:14 pm }

Bryan,
Well said!

ps. thanks for the English version of the saying. It’s nice to have and it’ll decrease the weird looks I get every time I can’t stop the impulse to badly translate a Mexican saying…

6 Bryan { 07.11.06 at 6:55 pm }

Por nada, amigo.