Saturday, 17 November 2007

Scotland 1 - 2 Italy

How nice to have a pleasant topic to blog about. Being telly-less and too skint to go to the pub meant following the game on various different minute-by-minute commentaries and trying to trace a path between their respective jingoisms (La Gazzetta dello Sport, the BBC and guardian.co.uk) Sounds like a well-fought match, blighted by appalling refeering decisions, but which overall Italy more than deserved to win. But since I didn't watch it I shan't say any more.

Other than woot! and I feel rather sorry for the Scots, it would have been great if they had qualified after such an expectedly good campaign. And funny if France had not made it. Wait, make that hilarious. A sentiment shared by Gattuso who declared "Mi girano le palle. Sono orgoglioso della qualificazione... Però mi girano perché so che abbiamo qualificato anche la Francia. Domenech rompe sempre, davvero non lo meritava." [I'm pissed off. I'm proud of our qualification.. but I'm pissed off because I know that we've also guaranteed France's qualification. Domenech is always a pain in the arse, he really doesn't deserve it.]

Meanwhile goalscorer Luca Toni dedicated the victory to the memory of Gabriele Sandri. And FIGC president Giancarlo Abete went out of his way to praise the Scottish fans for their passionate but trouble-free support, a sentiment echoed by Donadoni. Which is fair enough. Though once again suggests a somewhat simplistic approach to the problem which fails to take into account some of the fairly substantial differences between British and Italian fan culture. But that maybe is a discussion for another day.

(btw, dreadful pun alert: a striscione was displayed reading "Di Natale Donadoni anche a noi". Groan).

7 comments:

Brian said...

It was indeed a hard-fought and generally positive match. I don't know if I'd say that Italy more than deserved to win--they looked soft and cold for stretches during which Scotland unexpectedly dominated possession, although I might have only thought that because Buffon played the whole match in turtleneck and ski cap--but they looked sharp enough at times. And had a goal unjustly called back, which more or less made up for the bad call at the end.

I've been helplessly in love with this Scotland team since the first France match, so this was a heartbreaker for me. But I'm glad you're happy, and it's great that Italy has something to cheer for after the week that was. It's highs and lows in Italian football, isn't it?

de vertalerin said...

Now here's an interesting thing about fan culture and fans. We're always being told that alcohol makes 'em violent, but one thing Italy doesn't have is a drink problem. No one has ever accused the Scots of that. The pubs in Glasgow were packed to the rafters from ten o'clock yesterday morning, apparently.

Thoughts?

I was a bit torn during that match. I would far, far rather have seen Scotland qualify than England - they brought heart- but Italy's absence from Euro '08 was unthinkable.

Chelsea Boy said...

I think you'd be going some to suggest that there's no drink-fueled violence in Glasgow. Even beyond that wild leap of imagination, Scottish football had a large casual scene in the 80s and 90s, and organised football hooliganism is still very much part of the deal up there, just as much as it is down here.

Anonymous said...

Oh yes, I'm sure there's plenty of drink-fuelled violence. I was just struck by the suggestion that Italy could learn something from the Scottish fan culture, and wondering how alcohol (clearly not absent) had fed into crowd behaviour yesterday.

Antonio Gurrado said...

You should buy a telly, Spangles. Really.

G.

Spangly Princess said...

G: I would love to buy a telly! ci mancano i soldi...

martinobhoy said...

Just facing up to reading about it now. A real boot in the baws for us.

Still the World Cup draw is only six days away :o)