Nick, stop ruining my fun!
This is 100% serious posting here. I'm an exaggeration free zone these days that just tells it like it is. This is a serious debate between me, John and the dress wearing, cheating Italians and their number 1, down in the gutter fan, Krym.
With 4 World Cups, a European Championship and 12 European Titles (14 times runners-up) at club level, Italy is the undisputed second best footballing nation after brazil, when you factor in these international and club achievements. England and Australia don't even come close. Take your inferiority complex to the rugby thread.
What has this got to do with the fact an Italian player dived to win a match winning penalty?
Soccer is about the 4th most popular sport in Australia and has been a basket case in terms of organisation forever. Most of our best athletes play other sports. It's actually hilarious that we're already the best team in Asia and that Italy, a much larger country couldn't put us away more easily in their national sport. How would Italy go against us in AFL or cricket? The fact they resorted to cheating in order to win is a little embarrassing. Even if you think cheating is too strong a word, you couldn't possibly argue that it wasn't bad sportsmanship. You'd think they'd feel pretty bad about it. But the Italians don't see it that way. They applaud Grosso's "courageous" cheating.
On the other hand, when Trevor Chappell bowled underarm to ensure victory against New Zealand in a cricket match in 1981 (which wasn't even against the rules at the time, just against the spirit of the game), it caused so much embarrassment amongst Australians that people still shake their head about it in disgust today. We'd rather lose than win in such a way.
Don’t blame Grosso and the Italian people that you could not capitalize with a man advantage.
You seem to share Dom's attitude that cheating is justified in certain situations. For some odd reason one of those situations is when you're up against a weaker opposition that is frustrating you. Australia was obviously after a penalty shoot out in that match, where we had the greatest penalty saver of them all, Mark Schwarzer waiting to put the fear of god into the dress wearing Italians. With a one off penalty they had the luck to score but in an entire shootout they knew they would lose so they cheated. Clear as day.