On June 26, a tiny but angry crowd mocked and vilified the Italian side as the players and coaches shuffled through Fiumicino airport with their luggage. And then, even before they were all through, the crowd just turned away.
There is a lot of bitterness, said Italian forward Fabio Quagliarella. Its understandable.
It's a game, folks. No need to raise blood pressure levels. The one thing I loath about sports in general is that although a few competitive attitudes isn't necessarily a bad thing, it's when people get unreasonably angry over a game that makes me roll my eyes.
Life is too short...
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There are those who think football is a matter of life and death. This view greatly disappoints me. I can assure you.. it's much more important than that.
I totally agree, Mr. Mayor.
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I can't forget the words of an Italian fan here in Toronto's "Little Italy" being interviewed on the radio immediately after elimination : "They (the team) will be met (at the airport) with tomatoes, they'll be better off to take a vacation in Mexico....and then sneak back into the country."
I've been watching the soccer and sometimes my kids ask who I'm cheering for. I always tell them that it doesn't matter to me who wins as long as the game is entertaining. I would've liked to see Ghana get to the final 4 but that was less cheering for them and more hoping that Africa would have representation. Nothing too serious though.