Monday, July 10, 2006


The best team throughout the tournament won the tournament, though they weren't the better team for much of this game. The Italians suprised me this WC. They were willing to press forward (by traditional Italian standards) throughout the WC while maintaining their defensive excellence: if you think about it, they were scored against twice, once on an own goal, a second on a PK that shouldn't have been awarded and that Zidane clanked awkwardly down and in off the crossbar (and listening to the ABOMINABLE O'Brien, ABCs shit of an announcer, try to sell that crossbar hit as proof of the genius of Zidane, as if he meant to hit the crossbar, well, STFU you pantload). And yes, Zidane had a decent chance on a header in the first overtime, but Italy had scored but been wrongly called offside late in regulation.

The only team to get a result against Italy this WC?

Do you want anyone in the world taking a set piece or corner for you other than Andrea Pirlo?

How good is it to be Fabio Grosso this morning?

And Zidane. WC champ, 17 year vet. Maybe we'll learn what, if anything inflammatory Marco Materazzi said to Zidane, but whatever Materazzi said, image is everything, and Zizou, this is your permanent, non-erasable legacy:



2 Comments:

Anonymous mazadman said...

A report on Soccernet is claiming that Materazzi called Zidane a "dirty terrorist," and that, combined with Italian tactics of beating the crap out of him (and refs allowing the beating) made Zidane flip out.

(I thought that who ice on the shoulder bit of Zidane was a stunt, btw, meant to influence the ref.)

The report also says Zidane will talk about it "in a few days."

2:39 PM  
Blogger Landru said...

Vive l'France. I could only have been happier with the day's events if the game had caused an intra-NATO soccer war.

10:41 AM  

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