25 thoughts on “Monday Morning Mood

  1. I had a terrible day yesterday! I wanted Berrettini to win the Wimbledon final, and then of course I wanted England to win the Euros, and it all went wrong. Oh dear! Such is life. Congratulations to Italy – at least someone got to enjoy themselves last night. We are all going to exact our revenge on the Roman Empire by putting pineapple on pizzas for ever more, which is apparently causing great upset in Italy 🙂 . (That should probably say

    • More than pineapple on pizza, we were quite puzzled by the “It’s coming home” slogan, because we, Italians, are superstitious and would never display such confidence about the victory before a match, never. It also put too much pressure on the team in my opinion.
      As for Berrettini, in the original picture Matteo was included, however, reaching the final and winning a set with a such a champ was a great achievement indeed. He is young and has time.

      • It’s the song from Euro 1996 – it originally meant “football’s coming home” in the sense that the tournament was being played here in England, the country where the rules of modern football were codified. I’m not sure how that somehow got changed to mean “the trophy’s coming home”!

    • Yes, I knew the song, but as I always think wiser not to count your chickens before they are hatched, I would have gone for a classic like ” we will rock you”, where you can still show your combative intent without challenging fate. Next time use this 🌶. It works.😜

  2. Oh Oh… I feel some patriotic tensions! Should I also begin something with the Old Persian Empire? 🤣🤣
    The Italians have deserved the cup, congrats. 💖

    • You said it, the Persian Empire was old and Darius didn’t play football, did he?( neither the Romans , of course, we are talking about the English game). Thank you my genius. 😘🍸🇮🇹

  3. Congratulations.

    . . . the latin quote seems a bit of a passive-aggressive thing to say . . . but then, such are sport rivalries and the time-honored tradition of trash talking. (or I’m misreading the intent)

    Although, I’m not clear about the Eurovision optic next to the soccer team.

    Side note: As a fan, I would not be satisfied with a penalty kick finish. For one, it negates the idea of a team effort (praise or blame to one player). For another, why even have the game? To my mind, it seems to cheapen the whole effort, removing the “long struggle” aspect, but I suppose I don’t conform to most fan’s “a win is a win” attitude (a predominant attitude in the US, especially if one’s team is the winner). I think a three games final round would make more sense than deciding a game via penalty kicks, but, that’s just me, and I’m not invested in any way.

    That said, I understand the lift it gives Italy. People these days need something to cheer for.

    • All sorts of stuff happening over there . . . Tennis, Soccer, and Singing.

      It’s good to be excited, and I don’t mean to diminish the celebration and the good feelings it brings.

      . . . I should check if anything is going on here; maybe I could get excited about something or other . . .

  4. Thank you Emilio. The quote is really harmless, in short, England will always be a province of the Roman Empire, which is a stupid thing one writes in a moment of excitement.
    The Eurovision victory after 30 year was another moment of great excitement here ( stuck at home, we must find joy in something, after all), Italy won with 524 points while the UK ranked last with ….0 points. That is the optic. 🙃

  5. Congratulations to Italy’s great team, which deserved to win.

    Many English people were relieved Italy won even as we wept for our team’s disappointment. We (“Resistance”/Europhile English) were going to be damned in victory or defeat. We weren’t motivated by debased patriotism – the England in which I live is not my England – but by sympathy for the brave young team which represented the best of England.

    Those young men are nothing to do with the vile nationalism, racism and xenophobia of a sick country. They are nothing to do with violent thugs now polluting the English capital just as they used to vandalize European cities, making England reviled. Now that element in English society is represented in Parliament and in a dangerous government of nihilistic capitalists who are establishing a dictatorship through current legislation

    We wanted Italy to win because we feared our Government and the mob exploiting a victory in a football game as a validation of “Brexit” English Fascism. Now the racist mob has turned on the players who missed penalties.

    Please, Italy, don’t lump that England team, and what remains of good England, with the corruption of our State and culture. We need you. We love you. Don’t forget us!

    And thank you again for saving us from a victory which would have destroyed us.

    • I made my husband read your comment, as, you offered a very interesting perspective. Unilke myself , he is not football obsessed. He was happy , of course, with the victory, but he also said he wouldn’t have been at all displeased if England had won, as he fears the consequences of isolation for your country . In a way, winning the tournament would have meant, “you are still in, you are part of it”. He is the romantic sort, my husband , but many thought the same ( the non-obsessed ones).

      I also understand your fears , if I think at what happened around London before the match, and how the Government would have have exploited the victory politically – I can assure you that some “voices” from the opposition here feared the Italian victory as it would have made Draghi stronger, so it’s the same the world over -.

      You can’t and won’t be forgotten, because we all belong to same culture, the European culture . “Ha da passà a nuttata” (the night must pass somehow) would say Neapolitan playwright Edoardo De Filippo, we will be able to move ahead then. All together.

  6. I believe I commented on your previous post “May the best team win” and, with Italy’s dominating resurgence in the second half I think that’s very probably the case.

    I’m not a football aficionado, of course (can’t manage the tension at all) but I think I’m right in saying that Italy threw in more substitutes than England did and were consequently less tired, but I think both teams played with a degree or panache and gusto. And coming second is equivalent to a silver medal, surely?! But the Azurri deserve all the praise they get, if you even Google ‘Azzurri’ out come the fireworks! 🎇

    • The Azzurri managed to win because they built a strong and motivated group and the praise must go first of all to the coach Roberto Mancini ( former player and coach of my team too, Lazio).
      The managing group was made mostly by his trusted friends. I don’t iknow if you saw the long hug at the end of the match between Mancini and Vialli, that was meaningful and teary too. They used to play together – they were known as the goal twins- for Sampdoria team and in 1992 they lost the European championship final at Wembley. Furthermore ,Vialli has been fighting these last three years against a cancer and has become a great example of strenght and tenacity for the Italian players. Good groups are often founded on stories.
      I saw the fireworks, it was very nice of Google to celebrate our victory so.

  7. I have long regretted the departure of the Roman legions from Britain in 410 A.D. We even wrote a letter to the emperor pleading for you to return! Sadly the emperor ignored it.
    Congratulations to the excellent Roberto Mancini and the Italian football team. In the past few weeks we have seen the best of England (Gareth Southgate and his wonderful team) and the worst (far too many of our so-called supporters). Which will prove to be the stronger voice in the country I do not know.

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