Monday, July 10, 2006

Finally... Forza Azzurri penalty kicks to football heaven

Italy finally was able to win on PKs! And I can finally retire my 16 year old Azzurri jersey.

It was a great world cup. It was nice to have it in Germany. Italy didn't have any big stars this time. 10 players scored their 13 goals (that's amazing distribution for football). And more importantly, they didn't give up any goals during actual play. Zidane scored on a PK and they managed to have an own-goal against the US. All the Italian players also play for Italian clubs, not true for any other country! I guess Italians are really happy with their tough, defense oriented Serie A league. The scandals about the players and the Italian clubs helped the team just like 82 when they previously won when facing a similar situation. I think the entire team will be pardoned again.

When the game went to OT, I could vividly remember 90 when they lost the semifinals to Argentina on PKs in Naples, 94 when they lost the finals to Brazil on PKs, 98 when they lost the quarterfinals to France on PKs, and 02 when lost the round of 16 to South Korea in the last minute of overtime (after one of their own goals was incorrectly not counted). But this time, history didn't repeat itself.

Back in 1990 I was given an Azzurri jersey as a gift which I wore during all the games listed above. I really didn't know if I should bring it out this year. But the unlucky jersey was finally lucky. The jersey is now retired. For fun, I should send it to the FIGC and ask them to give me an honory number (I'll take 7 or 8 please) and a new official jersey (stitched letters please) WITH MY NAME ON THE BACK! If anyone has contacts there, please let me know. I think they'll like the 3 o's in my last name.

Thank you Azzurri! Now, let's get one more and tie Brazil. That's what really matters.

The unbelievable Zidane drama deserves a few links:
- Materazzi who was knocked down is quite the personality (amazing video of pain)
- What did he say to Zidane? I find it impossible that they can read his lips over the video. But I do love this quote from Materazzri in his own defense: I’m ignorant. I don’t even know what the word means.
- But thanks you Zidane for missing the easy header in OT. The ideal end for me would have been to watch him get subed out late after an Italy blow out in order to let the fans cheer for him. But life is not perfect. And he showed that he's only human.
- Zidane's must-see greatest moments: easily the best player of the past 20 years (compare him with Ronaldinho)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

i don't know why, but i still root for zinedine zidane. :P anyway, american football head-butt people all the time -- Adam Sandler in Waterboy is a testament to that.

how come when American sports does it all the time it's actually a normal thing. but when Zidane does it once, it's suddenly a great shame. hemmm... anyway, Zidane is now officially look like a prince defending women's honour. sorry materazzi, but i guess it's just a game! :P

9:44 PM  
Blogger Brendan said...

Thanks for the Zidane clips, brilliant.Of course he was mad to headbutt Materazzi.M looks like a bad boy all right from the clips you show here.Great site , well done.

3:18 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

anyway... FORZA ITALIA!!!!!

3:21 PM  
Blogger John said...

So they would use the video to try and lip-read Materazzi's words but not to judge whether a ball goes past the goal line?

You have a very entertaining blog. I surfed in randomly and thought I would comment. Cheers!

4:08 PM  
Blogger John said...

Yeah that's funny... making Zidane look like a hero all of a sudden.

4:11 PM  
Blogger La Doctora said...

Finally somebody's happy for our victory!!! Abroad it's hard to be an italian world-champion, with everybody telling you that this last World Cup sucks, that it was only selfdefense game, that the victory of Italy is the death of soccer!!! Envy is such an ugly animal...
Anyway, somebody had to win and there we were. It was a robbery? don't know, but in this case, italians do it better.

4:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes italians do it better..

3:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes azzurri rules!

10:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes it s all about football

2:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i don t like the way france plays soccer...azzurri do it better!

4:58 PM  

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