Originally Posted by The Turk
I like to hate the Italians just as much as the next guy but I think the last few tourneys Italians have been out-italianed most notably by the Portugese and to a lesser extent the Spaniards and even the Dutch in 2010 (remember De Jong's karate kick in the final?) so I'm really pulling for them this time around.
It was a 0-0 and a shootout win but there was nothing "Italian" about the way the Italians played that game. From the first minute to the 120.th they were the ones pressing for the goal and the English were playing Catenaccio it would have been the ultimate irony had the historically catenaccio playing penalty shootout winning "Italy" been eliminated by the historically "playing better than the opposition but losing in a shootout" England.
Spain is too arrogant and boring, Portugal are a bunch of girly men, Germans are good but the Italians have been the cinderalla story for me.
I mean they were the better team against Spain but only got a draw they were the better team against Croatia abut only got a draw they were clearly better than the two brits they faced. Ironically their biggest problem is that they lack a finisher inside the box. If half of the chances that fell to Balotelli had fallen to an Inzaghi, Del Piero or Vieri we would have been speaking about how Italy was dominating everyone they played.
but then again...
they are still italians...