Italy, Over and Out

In many respects, yesterday’s result should not have been a surprise.

When the competition opened, I predicted that Italy would most likely flunk out a la France 2002.

And it’s not only pessimism that guides this view: having watched almost every Italian game since 1981 I have noticed a glitch: confidence.

Or overconfidence, if you will.

Regardless of the manager or players, the game invariably progresses as follows: Italy plays hard and fast, Italy scores, then Italy becomes so smug that it begins to make silly mistakes.

Whether this results in an undue victory, a mundane draw or an embarrassing loss is no longer dependent on Italian skill; rather it is in the hands of the opponent.

And sadly, last night was a deadening embarrassment.

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This entry was posted on June 25, 2010 by in Africa, Europe, Frivolities & Miscellaeny, Pop culture, Sports and tagged , , , , .
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