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By bob6 (Mon Jul 10, 2006 at 04:14:29 AM EST) football, France, Italy (all tags)
Italia vs France

Okay I promise this is my last World Cup 2006 diary.

Italia vs France

Outcome: 1-1, Italia wins at penalty kicks
Overall appreciation: oh shit, not them again...

Italians dominated the first half and French dominated the second. The additional time was a fucking mess. The game was quite nice with good team play but only a very few beautiful technical moves. That kind of game tends to bore me, if it wasn't for the tension...

I thought that Les Bleus deserved to score another goal since at the end of the game the Italians couldn't stand up anymore but Bufon was too excellent.
Well, and there's Zidane's headbutt. A player with such experience, and a captain on top of that, should really be able keep his temper. I can't think of what Materazzi could have said to him that was so offensive... Something racist, maybe? "You're mother's couscous tastes like pork"?

Judging was a bit lousy, especially considering it was a World Cup Final. Though Zidane's red is beyond question: he deserved it. An interesting fact (or rumor) is that the red was granted after the fourth referee wached the big stadium screen. Video judgement is finally making its way in football.

On the plus side, I really had to sleep yesterday night and I don't think could have rested if France had won.
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S, the most important footie game in four years by georgeha (4.00 / 3) #1 Mon Jul 10, 2006 at 04:17:59 AM EST
ends when people stand around kicking the ball at the goalie? Why didn't they just save two hours and do a coin flip, seems about as random.

Yeah that's ugly by bob6 (2.00 / 0) #6 Mon Jul 10, 2006 at 06:26:55 AM EST
But it's not as random as it seems.

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WIPO: Elephant Polo by Rogerborg (4.00 / 1) #2 Mon Jul 10, 2006 at 04:42:50 AM EST
I hear if we win it three years running, they burn an elephant and we get to keep the ashes.

Metus amatores matrum compescit, non clementia.
I'm reliably informed by yicky yacky (4.00 / 5) #3 Mon Jul 10, 2006 at 05:11:48 AM EST

that they didn't even show the headbutt on the big screen — which is the reason the french supporters were livid and Chirac comically declared Zidane a "honourable hero"; because they simply hadn't seen it — so that theory is completely out.

The conspiratorial theory which has the most weight is that the call came, via the fourth official, having originated from the fifth official who has access to a TV replay. The fifth official is a new introduction in this tournament and his monitor is only to provide for preventative measures - it's not supposed to be used for the introduction of TV adjudication by proxy. The allegation (mentioned by both France and Italy) is that, because it was the world cup final, political expediency demanded that information 'leaked' from this channel.

As to the headbutt itself, I'm torn. Half of me thinks it was silly, foolish, blah-blah-blah-yawn. The other half thinks it was a pretty damned fantastic way to end a great career. Watching the BBC's coverage, one of my friends responded by bursting into chuckles and disdainfully exhorting, "Oh shut up, you po-faced cunt", in Alan Hansen's general direction. I can't help feeling that might be nearer the correct reaction than the teeth-grinding hysteria and damnation pouring forth from all quarters.

Those who say it's unexpected haven't seen enough of Zidane. He's always had a dark streak a mile wide. On the phone last night, my Mum said, "It's not as if he's a young Rooney". I had to remind her, "No, but he is an old Rooney". People always think that, because others are capable of such awesomely brilliant feats, they lose the ability to perform bad ones. Zidane always was a bastard: A glorious, balletic bastard, to be sure, but a bastard nonetheless.

The strangest thing was the gesture itself: A Glasgow smooch to the chest. He wasn't playing and clearly meant it (in some ways it was quite a beautiful manouevre), but who headbutts anyone in the chest? If he'd meant to cause harm, he'd have punched him, or aimed a foot-or-so higher-up. It implies that, on some level, he was consciously aware of what he was doing and the context in which it was taking place, but the butt itself was so committed as to counteract that intuition.

Oh yeah: Word on the street is that Materazzi insulted Zidane's mother, who is apparently terminally ill. I have absolutely no idea if that's true, but that's the word.

Vacuity abhors a vacuum.
I for one by creo (2.00 / 0) #4 Mon Jul 10, 2006 at 05:36:44 AM EST
welcomed our new chest butting overlord.

It was about time those handbag carrying ponces had a real reason to bite the turf - my only disappointment is that he did not follow it up with a Balmain tap dance, but that might have been taking it a little too far...

"I shall do what I believe to be right and honourable" - Guderian

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I'm impressed by bob6 (4.00 / 1) #7 Mon Jul 10, 2006 at 06:35:12 AM EST
The greatest headbutt review evar. It's hard to disagree...
We were not surprised because ZZ has already lost his temper. We were surprised at the timing: the worst possible, from the team point of view.

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Zizou by TurboThy (4.00 / 2) #8 Mon Jul 10, 2006 at 11:51:43 AM EST
To my eyes, the slow (e)motion replay shows Materazzi giving Zidane the mother of all titty-twisters just before the headbutt. Also, I'd knock him down based solely on those ugly-ass tattoos.
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WIPO by alprazolam (4.00 / 1) #5 Mon Jul 10, 2006 at 06:11:53 AM EST
the terrel owens saga begins (in earnest) in another month and a half or so.

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