Bang it Like Zidane!

Well, Italy have claimed the prize in yet another ‘close and heated’ match, with almost as many red cards as goals. Yet the passion and positivity of the Italians, which even teams with far better reputations failed to come up with, ruled the day. We saw a lot of negative football throughout the tournament, so whilst the Italians may not on paper have been the best team, nor even the most skillfully-playing, they had at least the courage to take a chance at thinking differently– and this is, I have no doubt, what produced the magical ingredient that leads to victory. Pasta power!
Zidane, meanwhile seemed to have lost his contact lens and mistake Italian player Materazzi for the ball. Not a wise move, but probably (unfortunately), a memorable one. Did he snap under stress like Rooney? Was he driven to hate the other player, wanting revenge for a foul or insult we couldn’t see? Or had he just had enough of poncing around on the pitch and generally being a good boy? Whatever the case, he went out with a bang rather than a whimper and left the Italians to score a perfect 5/5 penalties, about as stylish a display at this often painful event as the world’s ever seen. They won the cup- not by being the best, but by managing to be better than the best- and that makes all the difference. Either that, or they’re just the world’s best cheats, which unfortunately is just as likely and not exactly unprecedented! Was Materazzi’s the mouth of God, to Maradona’s hand of God?
As for Zidane; you just narrowly missed not only attaining the World Cup again, but also possibly jeopardised receiving a ‘Perfect Futures’ accolade for your contributions to world sport. Either way, you just blew it!
Rugby is a game for barbarians played by gentlemen. Football is a game for gentlemen played by barbarians.
Oscar Wilde
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