and italy has won the fifa world cup 2006. and yet, no-one really feels like celebrating.
zinedine zidane has finally reached the end of a long and brilliant career. and people will not eulogize him.
thierry henry played his heart out today. and people will not feel for him.
due to one event.
zidane finally leaves an arena that he conquered. his name so far spoken with reverence, will not. people do not forget such finales.
the man who single-handedly rang rings around brazil, inspired a so-called “old” french side to a world cup final – an idol for millions… has fallen.
italy, a team barely touted to reach the knock-outs, let alone the final.. wins on penalties. which incidentally have to be the silliest way of deciding a no-result match.
at the end of the day, the mouth is bitter. a month and a half of football has come to a sorry end. supposedly the “grand finale” people eagerly await the world-over for 4 years.
a great day for football, indeed.
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