Sunday, July 09, 2006



Olympiastadion, Berlin


vs Les Bleus

The day that everyone have been waiting for is here. And after that very 90 minutes, we would all be cheering on (or crying out) the new world champions, taking over from South American giant, Brazil. In an all-European and all-Blues match, both have came into the finals with a decent run-in. Both teams faced a different problems during the World Cup, as the Italians have lots of problems back home with corruption and scandals while the French came into the competition low on confidence and almost everyone wrote them off early on. Who will the crown goes to? We'll find out real soon.

ITALY: Italian goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon looks set to establish a mark of excellence IF he keeps a clean sheet for the first 63minutes of the game. The Juventus star has not conceded a goal in 453 minutes, the second best run in the history of World Cup. But Buffon claimed that the record is nothing if he doesn't get his hands on the trophy. There will be no injury problem to the Italians other than Alessandro Nesta. Facing with scandals and corruption on domestic football front, the Italians were united through adversity and difficulties, standing together as one and their team spirit is at a high. You could sense the hunger in the players, as they look to put the problems aside and concentrate on the all important, finals.

Probable Line-up (4-2-3-1):

FRANCE: They too, will not face any injury problem or suspension and will field their best players. This will probably be a sent off for football legend, Zinedine Zidane, who will have to cope with the intense pressure put upon him, as FIFA will be placing 17 cameras around the stadium to capture his every move and make it into a documentary. This will be his swansong, his final appearance and a 'coup'. The French captain will lead out a recharged and revived team, whom have been disappointing in the group stage. But they found their belief and hunger, that came down like a baptism of fire.

Probable Line-up (4-2-3-1):

Drogballs' Prediction: ITALY 0 - 1 FRANCE. I struggled a lot coming up with this scores, especally its this two teams. They are top, top teams with wonderful defences and tenacious midfield. It will be a very, very tight game and the game will be decided by a moment of magic, by Zinedine Zidane. (I hope so.....)

I use my heart to make decisions more than my head, so I think the French Froggers will win, because I've a soft spot for them. Come on Zizou...make your last game a special one.

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