My World Cup Final Report
The Journey started Saturday night 5pm from a little town in hertfordshire called Hoddesdon. I was amongst 52 people that went to Belin to see Italy win the world cup. as flights were very scarse we went buy coach. I was a little worried about food and getting all my meals but I decided to let myself go as this was a once in a life time oppurtunity so just enjoy myself.
The coach journey was 15 hours vary long time Saturday night only managed 90mins sleep as I was a little anxious and it was cramped. The diet for the journey was Haribos, panninis and beer im not a big beer drinker probably had more beers in these last few weeks than i ve had in my life.
So we arrived in Germany it was a scorcher the weather was so hot a lot hotter when I went to see Italy Vs Czech repere on and friend wublic a few weeks ago the atmosphere was lively there was a lot more Italians than French, Italians were being friendly the french arrogant saying why have you turned up your gonna lose. Managed to get interviewd on sky and friends on Itv, food update have you ever heard of Chicken sausage trust me your not missing much over to the pizza stall hmmm then a few more beers. Tickets were bein sold ranging from 2000 to 5000 euros and people were paying.
Kick off stadium has not full a corner in the stadium was empty due to the touts having tickets, germans and stupid corporate people who were not interested in the game just the freebies, there was more french in the stadium but the fan zones were full of azzurri Blue. Kick off the Italians slowly feeling the french out when Malouda decides to take a tumble penalty, zidane scores, we were talking amongst ourselves what are we gonna do we have not been behind, how will we react, when I saw Cannavarvo gesture to the team dont worry lets go and win this game, they were fired up. Italy came out opened the french up there defenders were being pushed back further and further back noramally its Italy that go back, corner I spoke to a freind if only mattarazzi score like he did with the czech's, risesabove viera bang goal we erupt we were goin crazy. Tehn you could see the players rise with confidence they knew if they attacked they could get at this defence, we hit the bar shots blocked, half time Italy had 60% possesion.
Second half we came out the french hit back you could tell we were getting tired france had most of the play, we had a goal disallowed Cannavaro offside not toni but th defender went for the ball. Extra time french kept coming but we were not allow them to break through but in my mind I knew they would get one chance and prayed Buffon would be equal to it and I was right Bufon pulls of one of the saves of the competition to react the way he did after such a great header he was great. Then the moment of the red card what I saw of it both players were jostling to get free, Zidane gestures do you want my shirt now Mattarazzi looked like he said I would rather have your wifes and i have mums, normally banter seen worse things said at a cricket game, bank he nuts him with loads of force dont th ink his reaction was play acting hes off. Full whistle blows oh my good could not watch after Italy recent failures but the Italian players were even more together as someting else has been thrown at them.
Grosso steps up final kick, its a goal what a penalty he was only playing in the Italian 3rd division a few years ago and he has scored two vital goals and been one of our best players. The moment I ve waited for since a boy when my parents showed me on betamax video our 1982 triumph we lifted world cup the emotion get to me I was crying like a little boy tears of joy how can football make a 24 yeard old cry like a boy.
The night was amazing Italians going crazy in berlin people dancing in fountains street partys the germans getting involved too, they were fantastic people as they wanted Italy to win as they said it was horrible the way you beat us but you deserved it as you were the better team against us, so we parted till 5am champagne, beer and more pizza.
Sorry for the long post nearly coming to the end, we got back to calais it was unlike six years ago when we lost to France in Euro 2000 the amount of abuse we got that night in 2000, we started singing dancing in the terminal, we had to go through passport control big mistake we started singing louder cars that were coming in and not beein stopped, stopped more italians got out, started the party it was magic.
My final word I feel we deserved the world cup 12 goals scored two conceded and they were not goals that broke our defence and own goal if he tried it 1000 times he could never do it again and a penaltly which was the best dive ive ever seen, 10 different goal scorers. If we had not conceded early we would have got into the game in our own pace then hit france like we did germany, but we tired ourselves out trying to win it in the first half. Off to a street party tonight so may have coule more beers, pizza and bbq then back to normal diet and training tommorow.