Registered On: January 3, 2014
It was more what our dear Prime Minister could learn from it. Particularly the way Southgate speaks.
I said it was a dream final for me personally because since the 1970 World Cup I have followed the Italian National team.
It all came about after that England v Germany quarter final. The ageing World Champions losing in extra time to “Der Bomber” Gerd Muller! We had a dodgy keeper that day too!
In the semi Italy scored early but conceded with the last kick of normal time (shades of 1966). The final score aet Italy 4, West Germany 3! The press called it the game of the century and it was certainly the best game I’d watched (after 1966 of course) and still remember it.
So Italy became my new England. Particularly as the Lions didn’t qualify for another World Cup until 1982, when bizarrely Italy beat West Germany in the final.
I was deprived of the dream final in 1990 when we lost “that” penalty shootout, and somehow the Argentinians defeated Italy, Baggio, Schillaci et al!
So I’ve waited for this for 31 years (if not 51)!
Who do I want to win?
England of course! Italy have had numerous moments in the sun over the last 55 years, we desperately need something to rejoice about given the crap we’ve had to put up with over the past decade plus!
Just hope it’s a great advert for football.