Sorry boss/....italy too had the same probs at the start of their 1st round matches....so its simillar... and France has played hard to reach here..where as Italy had some luck....Frace will lift the Cup... Bolo France ki Jai!!!
The Italians won win their beloved style. Great actors they are. Except the 10 minutes before they came back to 1-1, they played like dirt. Those 10 minutes, they played really fast and well, but that's all. As if they were playing for the draw. I've never had any respect for this team, and still doesn't have any. I'd like to know what the hero of the game, Materazzi, said to Zidane to make him furious like this.
Italians are known for their repulsive style of football. Their theatrical performances are unparalelled. For most of the match, they played like first time world cup qualifiers, score a goal and stuff all the 11 players in the box.
Anyway, unlike cricket, football , is a game of pure chance and a non-performing teams can get away by compulsive blocking, acting and penalties. That sums up the final match.
A final between two attacking teams such as Brazil and Argentina would have been more interesting.
Materazzi has a reputation for being a very dirty player (e.g. trying to get players sent off, bad tackles etc), just watch this to see what he has done in the past (180,000 hits already since the final):
Here's a new Nike commercial with Materazzi. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0Pms_rY7Ls Ogni atleta ha la sua arma segreta arma=weapon, ogni=any (not sure) [ September 22, 2006: Message edited by: Axel Janssen ]