Hello Disski! How are you? Are you still on the Emerald island?
We've had a collective, cathartic "oooorrraahhh" here in Italy, what with all the insults that the German and French press have hurled at us, as a nation, not as a team, during the whole WC.
If we'd have had to react the way Mr Zidane did, then every single Italian on earth should have hit any German and French we could reach.
My point is: No matter what is being said to you, once you resort to violence, you're wrong, inexcusably and totally.
When Totti spewed onto the Danish palyer, he was punished by the FIFA, no excuses accepted about how much he'd been provoked. On the contrary, Zidane has been named best player and Materazzi inquired by the FIFA...Wah! This is a Political matter, plain and simple.
We demonstrated we are better than any German or French the best way we could, on the field with facts. We won.
And yes, I gloat (even thought I do not normally follow soccer nor play ity)
Despite the scandal, to win a WC is proof enough that our teams, and thus our players, are technically sound and at a minimum on par with all others.
The French and German have a strongpoint though. They are, feel, and behave as Nations, always, not only during a WC. They back their own despite all.
We do not. We're divided and feel a Nation only during a "stupid" WC. For this reason we'll always be conquered and never treated as equals. It all boils down to an old sentence
"Italy: an economic giant, a military dwarf, a political nil".
This is why our players are punished and the French ones honoured.
They cannot take away the Cup, because there is no way of doing that w/o a scandal, if there would be a way, they would...
Still it's been fairly won and we are
CAMPIONI DEL MONDO