Originally Posted by shermine
I see. I was not really aware of that "nur Italien nicht". We publish our own newspapers here and read them too ;) maybe they still can not bear the fact that they lost the final in 2006. The "nur Italien nicht" seems also a bit like a yellow press thing? But nevertheless I can see your point now.
Lets hope the game tomorrow is better than that one... Apert from the last 3 minutes it was just boring and bit too violent I think..
Well, you know, the normal bantering, the part about Italian football not being what it used to be, I can understand and, to a point, share (too much €, players too spoiled and pampered etc.). Confined in the sport field, it can be accepted, replied to and brushed away with a laugh. It's part of the game. Besides, the Italian team at the WC has been, to say the least, abysmal, and typical of a certain attitude instilled in our players, too well fed, to use a "synonym", not enough "hungry" for vicotry. We deserved to be thrown out. I wasn't expecting a repeat for Berlin, a back to back World title, we were ready to accept to go at least to the quarters or the semifinal...well, we reaped what we sow, after a fashion.
But when it goes to the stereotypical sentences, using the same old and tired clichees, then it becomes old, tiring and annoying.
There's a continous thread, starting with the famous "Der Spiegel" cover of old (but we could go back a looong way and still see the same things), till this song, which spells of covered racism or at best of patronising, which goes beyond what is acceptable.
As the old say (at least my ex-wife said it was an old say) goes:
"Germans love Italians but don't respect them, Italians respect Germans but do not love them"
Anyhow...Karma has struck we could say. Spain won with that same "single goal" that the song accuses the Italian team to play for...
I don't know if Spain deserved to win, too many occasions for a goal lost, almost carelessly thrown away. And usually when a team palys like that, is punished by the adversaries (fate). What "saved" Spain is that for sure the Germans were unrecognizable, a completely different team than the one who annihilated England...
I must say that Uruguay vs Netherland was a much better enjoyable game.