I'm going crazy...
post #21 of 68
7/10/06 at 11:50am
Originally Posted by lollavid1
Italy sucks. They barely beat Ghana, the U.S. and the Ukraine. It is a shame that such a great World Cup ended with such a team taking the trophy. A terrible playing style, defensive and physically aggressive, taking dives at every opportunity, paying for wins... the Italian team is a disgrace.
Originally Posted by wytefang
Yay, Viva Italia! I would have preferred different teams in the final, perhaps someone who has never won before, but if someone had to win, I wanted Italy to win.
Regardless of whether or not Materazzi goaded Zidane, it was a genuinely classless act. Doesn't change Zinedine's legacy but it's an ugly ending to his International career.
I'm not sure what French squad Ryotaro was watching in the Portugal vs France game. Most soccer fans consider that a horrible performance by France and were it not for Henry's half-dive Portugal would have moved on to the final. They were clearly the better team in that match and overall they were my favorite team to watch in this year's World Cup, other than the Ivory Coast. They attacked and played fast, interesting soccer in most of their matches.
I'm also pleased that the only team to get a point from Italy was the USA and that we were also the only team to score on them from the run of play (Beasley's goal that the ref incorrectly disallowed) too.
Something to cling to despite our poor showing at this World Cup. LOL
Originally Posted by stefanoda
I'm not so sure France deserved to win more than Italy.. after all, we got a goal scratched due to a dubious offside (the player offside wasn't even the one that scored) and a beautiful shot to the post with Bartez nowhere in sight.. true, France was more on the offense, but you need to capitalize on what you do, and france never did this.. actually, the reason why Italy won the world cup, IMHO, is that they capitalized to the max every time they were on the offense, in every game.. we used to say, while watching the games, '1 action, 1 goal'.. that's all it takes, it might not be pretty, but it's effective..
if you want pretty games, go watch the african teams.. they run like crazy and they're fun to watch.. but are they effective?? I don't think so..