Like so many other people around the world the blogsphere is also celebrating the fall of the Titan, yes I’m talking about Zidan and that too in such a disgraceful way. Well, Italians have the final laugh. Italy is now 4 times world champions just behind Brazil who won the title 5 times. So every one is looking forward to South Africa 2010 now. The only consolation for Zidan fans is his winning Golden Ball.
Here is two interesting blogs about the fall of Zidan
* Why did you do it Zizou?
* Shame shame Zidane
So all set for an “all-european” semi final. Many of the Argentina, Bazil fans are disappointed now especially since they played well in the early matches. Zidan finding his magic again helped France to move to the final 4. Nobody would have thought France will be playing semi final when they somehow manged to get to the second round after two drws against Koreans and Swiss.
One nice thought occured to me after the England vs Portugal match, when Engalnd coach Sven-G๖ran Eriksson said in disappointment “We have practiced so much for the penalties…“. They must have thought their goal keeper is good when he saved many shots from Gerrard, Lampard … during training, taking it for granted that they are good shots. But after their bad shots (of course Ricardo was in amazing form and he did a good job) they must have realised it was some fault with their players rather than confidence of the goal keeper that led to a false impression of having a good goal keeper.
Now it looks like a Germany – France final. Will Zidan replay the magic he performed 8 years back? or Ballack and co will have the final smile?
Lets wait and see.
The world number 2 and Euro cup 2004 semi finalists are out of action from fifa world cup 2006. Pavel Nedved and co will be watching the fun on TV. But I’m happy to see so many friends are now calling me, messaging me, scraping me, mailing me … ๐
Thanks for all your wishes. If you have not done so, you are most welcome to use this chance.
The same story continues … Norway (1998), Spain (2002) and now Czech.
Noted on Last week of May 2005
Ever since I watched the football clips of Steve Jerrard in NITC hostel, I’ve become a fan of his and Liverpool FC. The Chelsea Vs Liverpool semi was the first match after I have become their fan. But I was doubtful when they did badly against Arsenal (Lost 1-3) in the English Premier League [That was the first match I saw them playing — I’m not much into the club football but I keenly watch all the world cups and Euro cups]. I had no doubt whom I am supporting in the finals at Isthambul; I was with Jerrard and Liverpool. After the finals I’m now a complete fan of the team of Raphel Benitos. The final began with a shock, early in the first minute itself Milan scored, their captain Paulo Maldini was the scorer. Liverpool attcked the AC Milan goal post with more vigour but two counter attacks and Crespo touch got them to 3-0 position. Read the rest of this entry »