Tuesday, July 04, 2006

World Cup Poetry #8

July 4, 2006

Germany vs. Italy

This is a match-up of two teams with a rich soccer tradition. Both countries have won the World Cup three times. If there is an edge in this contest, it would have to go to the Germans, who are hosting the tournament. Italy can score and defend. This team is much better than the team that tied the U.S. squad in a first round game. Germany's Ballack is due to have a big game. His shot has been missing. Italy has an outstanding goalkeeper, who managed to stop many Ukrainian shots in the previous game.

Pregame information here.

Check out an interesting blog of German poetry.

Salvadore Quasimodo, Italian poet, Nobel Prize in Literature 1959 here.

July 5, 2006

France vs. Portugal

Portugal is looking to keep its World Cup dreams alive. France is coming on strong
after defeating Brazil. They're seeking a second World Cup championship in 8 years.
I'm predicting Portugal to get by France in this game. Yes, Tommy, you hear? [don't worry, we're paying attention, Mr. Berriozabal. my soon-to-be-new boat The Parisian Whore will be paying attention also. thanks. Tommy, NSA] Deco will be back for Portugal to work his magic. The French counterattack can prove dangerous for any team to defend. This will be an exciting game to watch. Penalties could decide this game.

French playwright, Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, known as Moliere, here and here.

Portuguese poetry link here.

**posted for Luis C. Berriozabal by Christopher Cunningham**


Blogger Luis said...


Italy 2 Germany 0

What an ending to this game. In a matter of two minutes in double overtime no less, the Italians managed to silence an entire nation, with two spectacular goals by Grosso & Del Piero.

How about that Cat? Mom C?
I bet you were cheering on the Italians. And as Mike Ditka said in the movie Kicking & Screaming, "New game plan, pass the ball to the Italians."

The German squad was getting ready to go to penalties, but that's why you play the whole game, that's why you never give up, and that's why you also have to count on that little old lady, named luck. This one was wearing a boot.

5:59 PM  
Blogger christopher cunningham said...

a fantastic ending...I can't believe the defender didn't foul the guy who passsed the ball to the eventual scorer. but then they put it out of reach.

great game.

Tommy and I see a France-Italy final.

and I say Italy takes it, and Tommy can go to hell.

7:38 PM  
Blogger j.b said...

Tommy would definitely go to hell but sadly one doesn't exist.

the game was amazing. and a France-Italy final would be a good game.

7:53 PM  
Blogger Luis said...

Don't dismiss Portugal. France has their hands full with this squad, who just win, & they win ugly sometimes. Ah yes, Tommy could sail the River Styx with that boat of his; for certain the cheese will melt & the red water down there will not be wine.

9:39 PM  
Blogger christopher cunningham said...

how bout this link:


8:34 AM  
Anonymous MOM C said...

Haven't been keeping up with it but GO ITALY!!! Will be watching the final on Sunday.

Cat's been keeping up so maybe she will post.

11:00 AM  
Blogger Luis said...


France 1 Portugal 0

France vs. Italy

Ah, Tommy, you gloating fool.

Let's see what happens on Sunday.

The best team will win.

But not always.

11:02 PM  
Blogger cat said...

ITALIA!!!! Very exciting! Germany played a very good game. I was expecting PK's to decide it (would have been even more exciting with the two best keepers!) But if it had gone into PK's I may have had a coronary. Glad to see the Italians continue.

Not as impressed with Portugal's play against those stinking French! (Shut-up Tommy, I can smell your laughter from here) I actually took an extra hour and half from work today to watch. Thought for sure Portugal would put it in the net to tie at the end there, but oh well. The third place game should be quite good (Germany v. Portugal) I'm putting my money on the home team.

Now, Italy v. France in the finals. I'm praying to all things holy that the Italians will crush the ego of the French and send Zidane off with a defeat!

What will I do without you when this is all over, Luis?

11:48 PM  
Blogger Luis said...

When this is over, I won't know what to do.

I plan to have more links for the finals & didn't even mention the third place game. I need to add that.

Go Italia. Adios Francia.

Prediction: Italy cuatro
Francia zero

10:15 PM  
Blogger Luis said...


Thanks for the link.

1% consider Dear Leader a
great leader? That's awfully
high. Tommy, did you &
Frimp vote in that poll?

10:28 AM  
Blogger christopher cunningham said...

I'll have WCP #9 up later today...


2:53 PM  

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