ha ha ha... well done to this chinese commentator, called Huan Jianxiang and his enthusiasm in the last minutes of the world cup match between Australia and Italy. Italy won a penalty, and well shot the ball in the net, knocking Australia out of the tournament. But i'm sure y'll already knew that, so.. here we go.. the video with the commentary is here.
the translation is here...
Penalty! Penalty! Penalty! Grosso's done it, Grosso's done it! The great Italian left back! Facchetti, Cabrini and Maldini, their souls are infused in him at this moment! Grosso represents the long history and traditions of Italian soccer, he's not fighting alone at this moment! He's not alone!
And after Totti's goal...
Goooal! Game over! Italy win! Beat the Australians! They do not fall in front of Hiddink again! Italy the great! Left back the great! Happy Birthday Maldini! Forza Italia! The victory belongs to Italy, to Grosso, to Cannavaro, to Zambrotta, to Buffon, to Maldini, to everyone who loves Italian soccer! Hiddink ... lost all his courage faced with Italian history and traditions... he finally reaped fruits which he had sown! They should go home. They do not need to go as far away as Australia as most of them are living in Europe. Farewell!
Here is a comment from a fan on BBC's opinion page that I thought encompasses the Italian team and their performances very well. I thought that this should be here, because many people feel that the Italian team is over rated and doesn't deserve to be in the World Cup finals. If the point of the games is to make it more interesting to the spectators, and to enthrall them with skill and performance, then mebbe that's true, and even that would be subjective. On the other hand, if its just to play a game, fair and square (this again being subjective), then they do.
"Italy rarely get the credit that is due, and we haven't even been knocked out of the World Cup play since 1986. We have a great goalkeeper, an outstanding defence, a pretty decent midfiled and some very good strikers. We are one of the leading contenders for the World Cup. We have had a tough group but we have won it and now we have quite an easy draw."