Monday, June 12, 2006

Italy 2 Ghana 0

Well, it was typical Italian procedure today as they held off a pesky Ghana side while looking thoroughly underwhelming, but in the end, falling down dramatically and flopping around just enough to earn the win. Shakespeare himself would appreciate such theatrics.

Andrea Pirlo put Italy ahead in the 40th minute and then, as one would expect, the Azzuri hung around lazily and played defense while displaying a stage presence to humble DeNiro. Sadly, Ghana should have been rewarded with a penalty kick late in the game but didn't receive it. Moments later a horrible defensive gaffe led to the second Italian goal by Vincenzo Iaquinta in the 83rd minute and that was that. To that point, Ghana looked as though they might equalize. Too bad. A draw here would have done wonders for the U.S. Alas, it wasn't meant to be and now a win over Italy is a necessity.

Which isn't impossible. Can we beat Italy if we play like we did today? No. No way in hell. Ben Roethlisberger has a better chance of receiving a new bike from Bill Cowher. But Italy was far from so impressive that beating them is out of the question. And I'll be honest. The U.S. can fade out of this tournament, but as long as we beat Italy I'll find a certain solace. Of course, Italy is unbeaten in 19 games, so I'm not holding ny breath.

So far, it's been rough going for African teams, who are now 0-3, though Togo and Tunisia have good opportunities to remedy this against South Korea and Saudi Arabia, respectively. Where art thou, Cameroon and Nigeria?

By the way, whoever says Italy isn't a collection of overly-dramatic crybabies, I offer you...







Blogger Big Al said...

the Vatican, Fiats, Mussolini, and these ass' man there is nothing to like about italy

4:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

a History
the most beautiful full of art cities in the world
wine and food - the best in the world
all of these are things that you americans "soldiers" will never have.
But you are, surely, the best in your special art: export your sub-culture made of hamburger and arrogance all over the world. Stop please to offense Italy: probably you not even know exactly where it is placed in the globe.

8:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

....and about football (not the American Football: one of the sports whit baseball and basketball that you invented only to be the best in some activity) that you call "soccer".... all the Europe and the Europeans (but I think the south americans too) laugh about USA team and about your ridiculous expectations.... it's time that you US people realize that's not your cup of tea and you come back to your boring sports creted specially for you american people.

8:55 AM  
Blogger Big Al said...

ah, 'Anonymous' what a bold way to support your stance, by hiding who you are. and yes I know where your little boot shaped country is located. i also know its place in history. as a once proud dynasty that crumbled centuries ago. and since.... well, you've given the world ferraris, organizied crime, and... i guess thats it. and in the biggest world competition ever, Italy didnt get out of thier group.

9:25 AM  
Blogger Big Al said...

Sorry Unknown, dont mean to flame all over your comments.

9:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My name is: Andrea.

"dear" Max Power, here is your first comment:
"the Vatican, Fiats, Mussolini, and these ass' man there is nothing to like about italy"

I can't accept to be offended by you, and what's the reason why?
Why our players (but maybe for you our citizens?) are "ass' man"?
Why you offend the italian people doing the name of Mussolini? I didn't know that Mussolini has a part in the World Championship.
Do you want to talk 'bout football or do you want to talk 'bout wars, distruction and troubles of humanity? Do you want to talk about Mussolini? Maybe you have an interest in all tricks and lies that USA tells to world in this century: from JFK to 11/09 passing through politic elections faked all over the world by the CIA, ridiculous wars decided by petroil lobbies without the ONU and NATO approvement, you are an arrogant and dangerous country.
And YOU want to do lessons of democracy to US? Remember that when in Europe and in Italy we had laws and judges and elections and modern countries since centuries you had the cowboys and the revolvers..... now it's not really different. But you have Coca-Cola, oh God! Compliments.

9:56 AM  
Blogger Big Al said...

nuff said

4:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Paolo Di Canio!

in the US team he would be the captain, surely the best player...
In Italy he NEVER plays with the national team.
his stupid politics ideas are his problems, not mine. but your president too is a fascist, without the arm high, but he well demonstrates it with his politic.
let me say: the color of the fascism in the world is painted with stars'n stripes.

PS remember: the stupid wave of Di Canio is:
1 very different from the nazi wave
2 a wave of ancient Roman Empire that the shit-man Mussolini utilized but is not his wave.
dear friend:
Salus, onor, virtus quoque.
(greetings, honor and virtue too).how can you see your language too is derivated by our....

1:16 AM  

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