Incredible images of Lazio’s Coppa Italia Triumph
In another league: Foreign Football Players in EuropeSource: economist.com
By Zonal Marking
We’re still waiting for Italy to produce completely convincing display – for all their dominance here, their finishing was dreadful. They’ve only scored one goal from open play in the competition, and have only beaten one side, Ireland, who had already been eliminated. Their possession play is impressive and Pirlo has been one of the competition’s star players, but they’ll surely need to be more ruthless in the final third to win the competition.
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Remembering a day when the Azzurri were not as lucky in their penalty kicks. They lost this semi-final match to Argentina (who eventually lost to West Germany). Italy’s opponent in the third place match, England, had also lost their semi-final match on penalties to the Germans. Italy beat England in that match as well, but they managed to do it without extra time/penalties.
Also-Maldini is 21 here, but he looks EXACTLY the same as when he retired.
Azzurri to face Argentina in the semifinal of World Cup 1990:
Walter Zenga, Paolo Maldini, Fernando de Napoli, Riccardo Ferri, Beppe Bergomi; Franco Baresi, Giuseppe Giannini, Roberto Donadoni, Toto Schillaci, Gianluca Vialli, Luigi de Agostini
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Unfortunately, the England-Italy match prevented me from attending the 2012 NYC Gay Pride festivities today. But in honor of the occasion…
I love how yahoo captioned this photo “A United States fan wears a T-shirt showing her support for goalkeeper Hope Solo”. Indeed.
Hope Solo is quite popular with the ladies.
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Robbie Keane, captain of Ireland’s football team, who now plies his trade with the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer, holds up a jersey printed with the words “RIP James Nolan” after scoring against the Vancouver Whitecaps in honour of the Irish fan found drowned in a canal in the Polish city of Bydgoszcz. Nolan had travelled to Poland to support the Men In Green at Euro 2012. He was 21. RIP, James.
Trophee des Champions on display at Football Factory at Legends in NYC during France-Spain match. Thanks to @gregjkrieg for photo. (Taken with Instagram at The Football Factory at Legends)