So, it has to be said that one thing Italians are good at is football. They are fantastic in fact. Soccer to any Americans reading this, not sure if soccer is more popular in Canada, maybe someone could put me right on this. The main home games are called Seria A and is watched by millions and talked about the next day after every match, generally very heatedly. A couple of the best local teams are Inter Milan and Juventus who both usually vie for the top of the league tables and from where a lot of the players in the Italy football team are pulled. Some of the best players over the years being Buffon, Ronaldo, Zanetti, Schillaci, Tardelli and Vialli.
Juventus is based in Turin who also have a team named Torino. I have family who live there who follow Torino the lesser of the teams in regards to their achievements. Lazio has two teams, Lazio and Roma and again my family there follow Roma which is usually also the underdog, not sure what this says about my family? I do believe Roma is doing pretty well at the moment.
This year is the time of the football World Cup which I am very much looking forward to. As said previously Italy is good at Football and has won the World Cup 4 times, more than almost every other nation, only Brazil doing better. The first match this year for Italy is against England, where I live. Who do I support? I'm worried about England losing to them, I actually want Italy to win but living here means it's going ot be difficult the next day seeing everyone's sad faces, though I might be being presumptous.
I've been in Italy when there was a World Cup, when they win no matter how late at night it is people jump in their cars and drive round the streets blaring their horns for hours. When they lose no-one speaks the next day, glum faces all round, everyone gets into the emotions, adults, children, grandparents no matter the age. When they win the Cup everyone is out all night, at the Piazza, making noise dancing hugging. Wonder how it'll pan out this year.
Are you watching, who will you be hoping to win?