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Anonymous Report This Comment
Date: June 28, 2006 05:08AM

Er, he scored a goal from a penalty that came about from dirty, cheating, diving. Australia at least left the pitch with their heads held high.
Anonymous Report This Comment
Date: June 28, 2006 05:11AM

cos they were shit!
dogfighter Report This Comment
Date: June 28, 2006 06:32AM

the italians realy played like shit, they heve to play this way otherwyse they would heve never wone the match, and the australians had a 2 times worldchampion coach so is clear the italians heve cheated a lot.
mkcerusky Report This Comment
Date: June 28, 2006 06:56AM

uhm...some facts:
1. italian way to play is never spectacular
2. Materazzi was sent off, and he should have got only a yellow card.
3. Australia plaied 30 minutes 11 against 1o they had a chance to win, and did not win, which does not imply that australia was better then italy, on the contrary it imply the opposite
4. Hiddink, Australias coach, hoped to beat italy with ball possession: everyone knows that with ball possession you can't beat defenders like the italian ones, you need fast play instead; thus Hiddink lost its match
5. In the previous world cup Hiddink was the coach of Korea who sent Italy out thanks to the referee Moreno, who was so dirty that after a while he was banned as a referee
6. The penalty: the player didn't dive, and in fact he is not a forward, he is a defender, so you can't say that he is used to dive. He had fallen down because he suddenlly found the body of another man on his legs.
7. The australian defender perhaps didn't mean to hit the italian player, but unfortunately for him he did, and he also raised his arm a little bit up, enough to stop the italian player, maybe he didn't want to, but he did.
8. According to the rules this is a penalty
9. However, it is one of those penalties that may be given or not...let say not a very clear penalty.
10. Probably the referee wanted to compensate the previous error of sending Materazzi off.
11. Thereferees in this world cup are doing very badly, even yesterday they helped Brasil as much as they could.
12. If you are really used to see players diving, then you must admit that Grosso, the italian player, did not dive, it is clear that he simply had fallen down, but this has nothing to do with cheating: not evryone is able to run with another man between his legs.

All this prove that the italians didn't cheat at all, the only thing we can say is that the refereee was crap, and he made mistakes both for Italy and Australia.

Honestly I like the Australia team (apart from Hiddink who is quite a good coach but not a good loser) and I am sorry that it went out, they semply were unlucky, but this doesn't mean that we cheated, and if you say so, it means that you don't know the meaning of the word "sport"
Anonymous Report This Comment
Date: June 28, 2006 07:45AM

totti ! place your finger in your ass
fuck off
Anonymous Report This Comment
Date: June 28, 2006 08:39AM

Soccer is gay anyway.
Aussies just love sport and competition.
pro_junior Report This Comment
Date: June 28, 2006 09:05AM

why is he sucking his thumb?
messyflatmate Report This Comment
Date: June 28, 2006 09:15AM

i'm an aussie but its true that the italians didn't cheat. i have seen a lot of diving but scarcely any that match, which was refreshing. yes sure the defender could have easily jumped over Lucas Neal on the ground - how hard is that - but anyone would have done the same in his position i.e. go for the penalty. Any player would have done that.

As for the ref, mck you are too harsh or you haven't seen some of the appalling displays in other games. Aus - Croatia for example. Rubbish refererring.

The Ital-Aus game refereeing was fine. Few whistles, lots of play the ball. Lots of reading the play. Before the game people said he was a good ref and i think that was borne out.

Italy don't play an exciting game, indeed since the 80's a boring game sadly, but hopefully that will change. No one wants to see a team spend the match hanging around their net but i am sure thats what their coach told them to do.
mkcerusky Report This Comment
Date: June 28, 2006 09:44AM

messyflatmate you are partially right, in the sense thatI couldn't see the match as I was in UK for work, I only saw higlights, and for what I know the referee might have been quite ok, mine was basically a rensponse to all those saying that it was the italians who cheated.

Also notice that the Italian player who was sent off, even if he knew that was wrong decision, didn't protest at all, showing a good attitude toward the word sport. This is a result, in fact that particular plaier is infamous in Italy because he usualy behave in the opposite way, so we appreciated his behaviour.

Yes it is true,Italy never plays a football which is spectacular in the same way as the football of other teams. After the 80's the only spectacular Italy team was at the USA '94 world cup, where we lost the final against brasil at the penalties. But in that team we had a coach called Sacchi who was famous for his spectacular football, and we had a player called Baggio one of the best plaiers of ever in the world, who, after that, have always been left home because Del Piero "had" to play instead of him (probably for some reasn related to sponsors or to money interests)...Baggio was good and spectacular, Del Piero has never been either good either spectacular with the national team, and as I have been told, he has been crap also against Australia.

Also in Italy we always protest against the fact that our team is never spectacular, but I would like to observe that yesterday I red a report of the match in an english newspaper, and the author said he appreciated a lot the match because it had thrill and drama.
Now, it is true that when brazil wins 3-0 against Ghana it is spectacular to see 3 goals, but it is also true that the result of the match is never put into discussion, so there is no thrill at all and there is no drama, there is only a show of good technique, but the match, as a competition, turns out to be not interesting at all. It is exciting when your team wins 4-0, but you'll forget this match soon, while you will never forget a thrilling match, maybe with a win at the last second of the match. And probably, people will forget more esily about the goal scored yesterday by Ronaldo then the goal scored by Totti against australia.
I think even basketball fans will admit that a win at the last second (with the ball going into the basket in the same moment as the whistle of the end of the match) is something extremely exciting, even if your team hasn't plaied that good.
Soccer, Calcio, Football, is first of all a sport, not a show even if the owners of TV channels try to convince us of the opposite.
And however, even considering it as a show, as I said, maybe sometimes a show with thrill and drama is more interesting then a technically perfect but uninteresting show. Of course people may like one or the other, as people may like love story movies or thriller movies....and in this case Brasil's easy wins are like love story movies, while the match Italy -Australia was like a thriller.
Usually Italy at world and european cups doesn't play a "spectacular" football, but (at least in the matcher where you are in or out) its matches are always thrilling and dramatic, which, after all, is not that bad....expecially when you win!
mkcerusky Report This Comment
Date: June 28, 2006 09:45AM

pro_junior: Totti sucks his finger to dedicate the goal to his recently born child and to his wife (who seems to be used to put her finger in her own mouth)
Anonymous Report This Comment
Date: June 28, 2006 02:08PM were crap with 11 men..just had no fight in you..
ninepointfiver Report This Comment
Date: June 29, 2006 12:18AM

Yawn, soccer, or "football" is the most boring, gay sport known to man..............besides Icing!
Anonymous Report This Comment
Date: June 29, 2006 03:13AM

To his wife? In an earlier picture of team
Italy you(McGerk)said that they were all
faggots and that you were proud that Italy
was so forward to field a team comprised
of fudgepackers.Geesh,make up your mind!
mkcerusky Report This Comment
Date: June 29, 2006 05:27AM

20622 In the picture you re talking about (below)
I was only sarcastic with respect to a blind minded "anonymous" comment!

mkcerusky Report This Comment
Date: June 29, 2006 05:38AM

And in case you didn't know, this man, Totti, is married...
....with this woman, Ilary Blasi:
messyflatmate Report This Comment
Date: June 29, 2006 08:05AM

Wow! Phew!

Now where was I ...

oh yeah, appreciate all that you said there mkcerusky. Interesting what you say about the coach Sacchi, because of course all Aussies know that without Guus Hiddink we would not have played half as well, and would have been lucky to win any games. A good coach must be worth their weight in gold. Roberto Baggio was indeed a fantastic player and I used to watch him when I was in England at the time.

You might be surprised to hear that a number of my mates reckoned that the best team won on the night, and that if we couldn't score against 10 men then that was that.

And yes all the Italian players were very sporting and it was a great game to watch from that aspect alone. Very different to the Croatian babies.

On a different note I have just this minute come away from the TV reporting 5 or 6 retired judges have been convened to hear match fixing charges that have laid against several major teams like Juventus, Inter Milan etc.

Cricket will take a long time to forget the actions of Hanse Cronje. This is a sad day for Italian soccer and I hope that it comes down to being due to only a few players. The amount of money kicking around is wild and with the amount the players receive legitimately I am disappointed they feel the need to cheat like that (assuming the allegations are proven).
mkcerusky Report This Comment
Date: June 29, 2006 08:59AM

True, it is VERY sad what is happening to italian soccer right now...or better, it is vey sad what happened in the past years, and it is a good thing that now it came out, and we hope things will be cleared up.
However, it is not the players who are involved in it, but mainly team managers and administrators jointly with refereee. At the moment no plaier has been directly investigated for this scandal.
It turned out that Juventus had set up a complicated system for controlling referees and thus win championships, and other teams areinviolved, but the trail of the sports justice system has just began today, so we'll see in the next week what happens.
Ah, the ex. Juventus administrator Moggi isalso imputed for kidnapping (don't know if it is the right word) a referee, as he locked him in a room after a match because he hadn't "behaved"...this is quiteheavy, I think.
....we'll see what happens....
mkcerusky Report This Comment
Date: July 05, 2006 04:07AM

....and at least Italy got to the Final, better then Germany, then Brasil, then Argentina, then Englad...
I don't think the german will still say we are crap, after we dominated them winning 2-0 and hitting once the bar and once the pole
Anonymous Report This Comment
Date: July 09, 2006 06:36AM

come on france lets kick ass
mkcerusky Report This Comment
Date: July 10, 2006 10:07AM

poor french they were so sure they were going to win....they didn't even play better then Italy: first half of the match was all for Italy, second half for France, extra times was a draw....and the final shootouts...well you all know who got them!