Sunday, July 09, 2006

World Cup Update:



The Italians have won the World Cup!!!!! The teams were tied 1:1 after 120 minutes, so the game was decided by penalty kicks. Overall the game was not as exciting as the German semi-final, but the result was certainly not disappointing. It would have been sweet to be with Joan for this victory as well, and hopefully next time around I will be.

The crowd in Calgary was a little more subdued during the game than the people at Cafe Roma, but they are still parading up and down the "Red Mile" as I write this entry, undeterred by the torrential downpour that has started since the end of the game.

I am so glad that I have been able to enjoy this World Cup, and especially glad that Joan's team won! Hopefully they don't have to wait 12 years for another chance!


Michelle said...


Joan are you floating in the clouds over Vancouver ?? :)

4:32 PM, July 09, 2006  
Susan G. said...

It was a good game and the Italians deserved to win it. I loved the jubilation after they won - what energy! It was fun to watch. Time for loyal fans to savour the sweet victory, along with their team.

4:36 PM, July 09, 2006  
Andrew Baxter said...

If you were watching on TSN, you saw the very bar I was at during the halftime!

6:09 PM, July 09, 2006  
Joan said...

Thank you all for your wonderful support! I am indeed jubilant, to say the least! I have waited for this moment for 16 years, and the feeling does not disappoint! The only thing that could have made today even better was if Andrew was with me and our friends Mario and Giulia (and hundreds of others revelers on Commercial Drive).

Viva Italia! I love you Azzurri!!!

Andrew - I love the flag! Can you put up the national anthem too? :)

9:08 PM, July 09, 2006  
Andrew Baxter said...

As you wish...

10:15 AM, July 10, 2006  
Joan said...

Andrew, you are terrific! Its such a nice anthem!

10:20 AM, July 10, 2006  
Matt said...

Firstly, the italians cheat. just check out all the information on match fixing going on in their premier league. its not so hard to believe that they fixed the world cup. oh and the best thing about the final was ZZs headbutt. Now Materazzi falling down was warranted in that instance, but the rest of the time it appeared the Italians thought they were in the olympics trying to outdo greg louganis. England clearly are and will be the best team ever.

12:06 PM, August 13, 2006  
Andrew Baxter said...

One thing you can say about England is that they have won the World Cup every time they have made it to the finals... too bad they only made it once... in 1966! At any rate, I have heard the complaints about Italy before and I really didn't see what people were talking about as I watched the games...

12:11 PM, August 13, 2006  
Joan said...

Hi Matt,

Just wondering - who is holding the World Cup in the photos in Andrew's slideshow? Looks like Italy to me...

11:00 AM, August 14, 2006  
Matt said...

yeah, oh they are holding it alright. Im not denying they have the world cup, im just saying they cheated their way through.

4:28 PM, August 14, 2006  
Joan, aka huge Italian soccer fan said...

I'd love to hear this! How do you figure they cheated?

11:03 PM, August 14, 2006  

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