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cbertsch
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So Italian
One thing I like about international soccer is that teams have such well-defined identities, often at odds with the stereotypes applied to the nations they represent. Italy is a great example, since they tend to be so disciplined and conservative on the pitch. Today's match with Australia exemplified their approach. Down a man for most of the second half, they bided their time, hoarding their energy until they had a chance to push the action forward with the prospect of success. When Grosso broke down the left flank at the end of injury time I said -- aloud, in the presence of the other fifteen people in the Student Union game room -- "They're going to score." Whether the way they scored was fair is another matter. But I have to give credit to Grosso for his effort, both at beating the first defender in his approach to the box and at selling what seemed to many to be a phantom foul by a second defender once he'd crossed the line. Overall, it was hardly an impressive showing by the Azzurri, but that's par for the course, since the Italians seem to prefer winning without doing much of anything that stands out. As anyone who has spent time living with Italians or people of Italian descent can tell you, that sort of restraint is not likely to be the first quality one ascribes to them. Of course, it may be that the national side's approach to soccer actually does a better job of capturing the reality of the Italian character than initially seems to be the case.

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shadydeals From: shadydeals Date: June 26th, 2006 06:25 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I've been watching halves of games at the Georgia Tech student union at work and it has been exciting to see the campus at the Tech union converge for every game - not only students, but lots of faculty and staff as well. Maybe it's because I'm not taking classes and am fairly far removed from student life (despite being there everyday), but for the first time since I started working here there has been a real sense of community in the Union around these games. You see the same faces, have some game chat, and people voice their opinions.

Anyway, you mentioning that you were watching the game at your student union finally helped me put words to a feeling I couldn't describe. Thank you.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: June 27th, 2006 01:35 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
It's neat, isn't t? I don't have much hope for a brighter future these days, at least where the role of the United States is concerned, but the ongoing interest in this World Cup in spite of the American side's ouster gives me a glimmer of hope. The pizza place on the strip next to the University of Arizona today had the game on two big screens aimed out towards the patio. People stopped by to watch together, most of them not having any interest in buying food or drink, and that was fine with the establishment.
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