Originally Posted by Redbacks
Italy showed some luck to not concede a goal in open play for the entire WC
(bar an own goal) I don't think so. They are just no good now. Add Totti to their side and they would be competetive again. Cassano if he wasn't a tool would be a star also.
----------------pirlo - - Gattuso
That is a quality base for a side, was there better in 06?
Italy were the worst winners of a WC ever: fact. If the US hadn't have had a legitmate goal disallowed in their group game things might have been very different. As it was they beat Australia thanks to a dive, a Ukraine team who'd be flattered by "mediocre" & needed penalties to beat an obviously superior France in the final. Their only praiseworthy result was beating Germany in the semis and that relied on two goals in the last two minutes of extra time.
Italy won't win the world cup. I'm sure of it.