Sunday, July 09, 2006

Calcio like life?

Happiness. Sadness. Intelligence. Stupidity. Despair. Elation.
The people who make the SOCCER IS LIKE LIFE analogy will probably bookmark today's World Cup final.
Italy made all five penalties to claim a 5-3 shootout victory, even though France probably played better throughout the whole of the 1-1 regulation draw.
The night's true shock came in extra time, when French talisman Zinedine Zidane, playing his final game before retirement, brutally head-butted Marco Materazzi in the chest. The referee didn't see it, but his assistants did. After a consultation, the referee produced the red card and Zidane's career was completed.
At that point, I had the feeling Italy would win. It would have seemed evil for Zidane to claim a world title after what he had done.
Fabio Grosso coolly scored the winning spot kick. Italy won.
Campioni Del Mondo!
And soccer does seem a lot like life after that match. At least to me.


Blogger Brian Cooper said...

Soccer is like life. How often do we see it in real life -- a talented and powerful person, who could succeed nicely by playing within the rules, thinks he is either above those rules or foolishly thinks he will not be caught. Richard Nixon, Kenneth Lay, Bill Clinton, Pete Rose. And on and on.

As soccer officials, we are taught to always watch the players -- and when some of your fellow officials are dealing with players in one part of the field, the official(s) not immediately involved are supposed to scan the field to watch for possible misconduct (when players assume no one is watching). Thank goodness the assistants were doing their jobs at the World Cup. To have missed the violent conduct of the head-butt would have been a travesty.

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