I sense a need amongst the FtB followers for a space to talk about the EURO2016, as discussions about it are bleeding into other posts. So, here it is!
I am a soccer fan. Always have been, always will be. However, I am also under revision right now, so this year I will only be watching the Italy matches, at least as long as Italy is in play. When it comes to those matches, I will be discussing them also, but feel free to use this comments section to discuss any match you please.
A 46 year old curse has been broken.
I have never suffered a match as much as I suffered through that one. Ever. Up until the last second, it was neck and neck. Ah well. This is the EUROs that’s going down in history, right? Up is down, day is night, Germany finally managed to beat Italy and Iceland is kicking butt.
Now that we’re out of the running, I am actually hoping that Iceland goes all the way.
Italy – 2 Spain – 0
Now THAT was a game worth watching! Amazing. Brilliant. That was worth the 2 hours I took out of work to see it.
Both teams played well. We ran like crazy in the first half, and the batteries ran out half way through the second (as always happens with Italy) so Spain made us sweat a little bit there at the end, but then we clinched it with a second goal and it was fantastic.
Now, we’ve got Italy – Germany.
Don’t know if many of you know this, but Germany has an Italy curse. Even when they are breaking all records and playing amazingly, Italy knocks them out of the running. Germany has not won a qualifying match against Italy since 1970. So… will the curse hold on Saturday?
I’m not missing that match for the world.
Italy – 0 Ireland – 1
Despite De Rossi’s statement that Italy was going to play for the win, what really happened is that they saw this sign and just felt bad for our dear Irish friends
All kidding aside, I actually didn’t manage to catch the game last night. I sped home as fast as I could to catch the second half, spent 40 minutes trying to find someone who was streaming it online, failed, watched a little supernatural while eating pasta with nettle pesto, and went to sleep. Oops.
I heard it was pretty rough though. I am very, very worried about Italy – Spain.
Italy – 1 Sweden – 0
I’m not here to cheer or gloat. That game was terrible.
Sweden played better than I thought they would, but I am told that’s just because I was watching them play next to Italy. The first half was complete torture, as Italy suffered from a highly contagious rash of uncoordinated muppetism. It was pathetic. At one point, Candreva intercepted a ball, and he seemed so surprised by it that he was staring at the ball between his legs like it had just fallen out of his twat. It was like they were trying to adopt a rule of physics: as every action has an equal and opposite reaction, every really good pass has to be immediately followed by an incredibly pathetic pass into nothingness.
At the very end of the second half, we scored. I admit, that was a very nice goal, Èder managed to outmaneuver three defenders by himself and score. It was a good enough goal that I could have forgiven them the entire muppetism of the first three-quarters of the game, if it wasn’t for how they behaved afterwards.
Shameful, unsportsmanlike tactics to run out the clock. They were so blatantly obvious they even earned our goalie a yellow card. It was disgusting.
I’ve never been so annoyed with a win in my entire life.