Italia! Italia! Italia!

July 9, 2006 By:

Ole` Ole` Ole` Ole` Ole` Italia won, Italia won. I must say this is the one game that I was actually rooting for both teams. I didn’t have a preference because I love both Italy and France, especially their men. This is the fourth World Cup title for Italy who beat the ten-man France team 5-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

“It was Italy's first successful shoot-out in a FIFA World Cup after previous failures in 1990, 1994 and 1998 and ironically it was a miss from France’s David Trezeguet – whose golden goal defeated the Azzurri in the final of UEFA EURO 2000 – that opened the door for Fabio Grosso to fire the winning spot-kick past Fabien Barthez and spark celebrations all the way from Bergamo to Bari.

If penalties can resemble a lottery there could have been no more deserving match winner than Grosso, such a positive influence for Italy throughout this tournament. He was prominent again in a first period where the Italians played the more fluent football yet it was France who took an early lead. Eight years after scoring twice in the FIFA World Cup Final in Paris, Zidane opened the scoring with a seventh-minute penalty after Materazzi’s trip on Florent Malouda. By the 19th minute, Materazzi had made amends, however, the big defender heading the equaliser from Andrea Pirlo’s corner.
Although both sides threatened to score a second – notably Italy’s Luca Toni, who headed against Fabien Barthez’s crossbar before the break.

As you are all aware by now we are in Miami and if you are familiar with Miami you know that it’s a non stop party with beautiful international people. We are headed to Sega Fredos for the after party. Holla!!