It's been almost all France since the half but they STILL haven't put it together. The old men have run Italy into the ground, if they don't come away with it it will be a shame but they'll have no one to blame but themselves.
Wow. Wow. I've really tried to understand the global attraction of this game. Sorry. Anything that ends in a "shootout" to determine the "World Cup" winner is not a good thing. Although I was for Italy they sucked in the second half and overtime. The better team lost. ( :-( ) Zidane in one of the most important game in his life acted like... whatever.
This game did nothing to swing us US observer (in my pub anyway) over to FOOTBALL. Sorry, but call me in four years. :-)
Why can't they play till they drop... something like shopping?
I suppose something has to break the deadlock. One weird thing I didn't know about - if it's still level after 5 penalties each they go on to sudden death (I knew that bit) - but in case it goes on, and on, and on, one team was down to ten men, so Italy had to nominate one person who couldn't take a penalty, so they'd be level on that.
>Zidane<br /><br />Man has panache. I have to try that with clients who piss me off. "What do mean you don't like that logo design?!" <crack goes the head butt> <client pays invoice and runs like hell out the door>
Never could figure out how you vote for an MVP or Outstanding Player, before the game is over. But then again, that's the media. :-(
Only 35 vote spread.
>Disgraced Zidane wins World Cup Golden Ball
>BERLIN, July 10 (Reuters) - France captain Zinedine Zidane won the FIFA Golden Ball award as the outstanding player of the World Cup despite being sent off in their final penalties shootout defeat by Italy on Sunday.
>The prize was decided by media votes, cast before Zidane was shown the red card. Zidane received 2,012, Italian captain Fabio Cannavaro finished second (1,977) and his team mate Andrea Pirlo was third (715).
I talked my wife into the logical extension of our trip. We're in Rome. (Just kidding; I'm actually dealing with serious jet-lag, a sick pet, and the reality of work after being gone for 24 days. :-(
I wanted to head for Rome, since I figured Italy would pull it out, but alas. I don't feel sorry for Zidane at all--a captain who let his team down--regardless of what was said to him. It's called trash talk. Pro athletes learn to ignore it. He wouldn't last one week in the NBA or NFL if that's how he reacts to trash talk.
He did almost score a great late header, which was exciting. And replays show the Italian goal in the second half (the one that was called back for offside) should not have been called back. A different player was offside, but it was hard for the ref to tell with so many players bursting from the line. It could have been a great one if those goals had happened, but as it was we got a good first half, a much choppier second half and then a defensive and strange overtime. Zidane's violent act marred the match, leaving an unhappy aftertaste.
>Stupidest end to a career ever!
Perfect way to put it, Gene.
>In front of 69,000 people
Add a few zeros.
>Although I was for Italy they sucked in the second half
I know it's what you DO with possession that counts, but Italy had 54% of the second-half possession, and they had two of the three best chances to score. France did look more dangerous overall after halftime, but Italy didn't suck until overtime, when they might have simply figured why take risks when they have the best goalkeeper in the world.
I'm glad we went. I'll never forget the unbelievable atmosphere in Munich and Frankfurt and Kaiserslautern before and during the matches, and in Paris after France won the semi-final. My wife and I had our honeymoon in Italy back in '83--too bad we couldn't have gone back before the final!
And as for the complaint about ending a match with penalty kicks, what is the alternative? The NFL doesn't do 120 minutes of action ever. Somebody can win the big game with one overtime field goal in the NFL, which probably any one of the World Cup players could make.
Coffee was fine, as were the women, although I wasn't going "out" at 1am like my son and his friends. I wonder what they were doing out so late? ;-) We had to admonish the "boys" in our group (22 year-olds) to be quiet in the hotel courtyard when they staggered home at 4am. We took a little camera for snapshots; I'll have to go through and see which are worthy of posting in the basement.
I only saw four hooligans the whole time, out of hundreds of thousands of people. These four guys cut to the front of a long line for beer, and when they were berated by two guys near me their "leader" simply gave them the look of death--as in "one more word out of you and we'll kill you". The great part was how this smart woman saw that the hooligans were a bit drunk, so she jumped in front of them and turned around to flirt with them while she discretely motioned for the line to continue around them while they were distracted! About six more people got by them to get their beer before the hooligans realized what was up and pushed to the front. I resisted my urge to pour a beer over the leader's head and then run and hide.
Several Germans expressed that this was the best feeling in Germany for over 50 years, since they could express a positive national pride with no guilt. They welcomed the world in such a friendly way that the good feelings rubbed off on almost everyone.
> > this was the best feeling in Germany for over 50 years
Excellent! That's what I like to here. And may they never repeal the Pure Beer Act!
"It was enacted by Bavarian Duke William IV in 1516 and stipulates that beer may only be brewed using barley, hops and water.Yeast was unknown at the time brewers relied upon yeast cells present in the air.The German Purity Law is still the most important rule concerning brewing in Germany. Only malt, hops, yeast and water may be used for the production of beer."
They sold American "Bud" at the stadiums :-( due to a sponsorship deal that could probably have funded the entire German national budget, I'm guessing, since Germany is famous for good beer and Budweiser is famous for lousy beer and mega-advertising. I thought perhaps the UN Security Council might meet to get good beer into the World Cup stadiums, but it didn't happen.
How sad. After the crazed driver injured people by driving through the 'fan mile' (in Berlin, I think) and all the other pressures he must have been under, it sounds like he cracked from sheer exhaustion and stress.
> > They sold American "Bud" at the stadiums due to a sponsorship deal that could probably have funded the entire German national budget, I'm guessing, since Germany is famous for good beer and Budweiser is famous for lousy beer and mega-advertising
And Budweiser had to to go to court to prove Budweiser was beer - because it's brewed from rice. Sadly they won.
Elsewhere in this thread is references to Dutch fans being stripped of their teams colours before they entered the stadium because they wearing logos of a rival beer. Unbelievable.
>MILAN, Italy (AP) - FIFA president Sepp Blatter says French star Zinedine Zidane could be stripped of his Golden Ball award for the best player at the World Cup due to violent conduct.
>"The winner of the award is not decided by FIFA, but by an international commission of journalists," Blatter said in Wednesday's La Repubblica. "That said, FIFA's executive committee has the right, and the duty, to intervene when faced with behaviour contrary to the ethic of the sport."
I don't disagree with him. Good sportsmanship is one of the qualities considered for the award. I question why they vote on this award before the matches are over; perhaps they'll change that after this World Cup's unfortunate final minutes.
Oh, Kath! Those pics got me into trouble! I was hoping I could click on them without retribution from the "cookie (reported to big brother now) monster" and I could! I was crackin up! Thanks for sharin, girl! :D