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I'm so disillusioned right now. This is not the way to end the greatest sporting event in the world. Now I have to wait another four years knowing that this was such a bullshit finish to this glorious game.

Italy is not the best team in the world. Not even close. They are not better than France. They are not better than Argentina, Brazil, the Netherlands, England, or the United States. Hell, they couldn't even beat Australia without a gift of a penalty, fer cryin' out loud!

I missed the best part of the game. Italy apparently played really well in the first half; they looked lost in the second half. France played well all game. Zinadine Zidane scored France's only goal and very nearly won the Cup on a beautiful header; but then he had perhaps the most disgraceful moment of his career. An Italian player said something to him, and Zidane thrust his head into Materazzi's sternum. He deserved the red card he eventually received. What a shameful way to end the career of the greatest player of his generation.

France had already subbed out Henry, Ribery, and Vieira, so they were now without their four top players. Despite outplaying Italy for most of the game, they were seriously underhanded and could not win it (though they came very close towards the end of the last overtime). Italy won in penalty kicks because France's Trezequet hit the crossbar on his shot.

They really need to let the players play until someone wins on the field. This penalty kick bullshit needs to stop. That and Zidane's incident ruined what was otherwise a great game for me.


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Jul. 9th, 2006 09:43 pm (UTC)
They really need to let the players play until someone wins on the field.

Amen to that. I felt the same way when Italy lost the 1994 championship to Brazil on penalty kicks.

The weasel on ABC, clearly anxious to get this foreign soccer thing over so they could switch to something called the Cialis Open, said something like "at some point play has to end and a champion be crowned." Why bother to play at all, then?
Jul. 9th, 2006 09:47 pm (UTC)
Sudden Death!
I hate the penalty kick thing, and it seems to happen with annoying frequency. It's one of the reasons I don't watch soccer.
Jul. 9th, 2006 09:53 pm (UTC)
Ah, Italy. That explains the nearby honking I heard recently. (I knew enough to know that multiple travleing honkings signalled the end of the game and victory by someone, but I actually have not been paying enough attention to who was playing).
Jul. 9th, 2006 10:24 pm (UTC)
yeah, zidane's headbutt to the chest was pretty embarrasing (for him, that is). sucks that he had to be in the locker room when they were giving out the 2nd place medals, though (although totally his fault!) that's a really, really shitty way to finish your career.
Jul. 10th, 2006 01:20 am (UTC)
Yeah, jwg commented that deciding a soccer game on penalty kicks was kind of like having an extra-inning baseball game decided by a home run contest.

(Along about the 16th inning of today's Sox-Sox game, that didn't seem like quite as dumb an idea as usual, but that's another story.)
Jul. 10th, 2006 04:06 pm (UTC)
Huh. I'm surprised you were disappointed. I thought it was a fantastic game (except for the headbutt, of course). France was definitely outplaying Italy, for the most part, but I felt that Italy was still in the game the whole time. They were fantastic in the first half. Their first goal off a corner kick was excellent, and they nearly scored a few more the same way. And even in the second half they had some good scoring opportunities. They even scored what would have been the winning goal except that the player was offsides (close call, according to announcers, although it looked pretty clear to me).

I admit, I do wish that Zidane had scored on that header. It would have been the perfect way to end a well-fought game.
Jul. 10th, 2006 04:09 pm (UTC)
Well, like I said, it was a great game, but the combination of penalty kicks and ZiZou's headbutt just soured it for me. Not the way to end such a wonderful game and tournament.
Jul. 11th, 2006 02:51 am (UTC)
Australian team
Accidently stumbled onto this site. Absolutely agree with you that the best team did not win, however what really made me respond here was your comment that Italy couldn't even beat Australia. As an Australian and football fan I agree that Italy couldn't beat Australia and that is more to the credit of the calibra of play of the Australian team. Italy could only manage a win with a penalty (and a dodgy one at that!). The way your comment read I get the impression that you didn't really rate Australia (either did alot of people), but to the Australians credit they went further than alot of other teams and quite frankly I think that others were pleased they were not in our draw!
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