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Penalties, a lack of quality: Messi and CR7. Italy shoot-outs: USA 94 better than EURO 2016

Euro 2016 quarter finals, Germany defeated Italy 6-5 on penalties. Eighteen penalties performed, eleven scored: this is a warning about the lack of quality that has often been laid on shoot-outs. Don’t think it’s a joke, I’m serious: we live in the era of Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, both considered as the best professional players in the world, both missing important penalties while playing with their national teams. Someone could say that a club match count more than a national one; but I could tell him that FIFA World Cup or UEFA Euros are still more attractive all over the world, compared with continental champions leagues, for example: you can check on the web the news about billions $ in tv rights, million supporters in the streets after a victory.

Penalties, yes, that’s the point. What is the difference between the shoot-outs missed by Baresi, Massaro and Roberto Baggio in USA 94 final, and the epic fails by Zaza, Pellè, Bonucci and Darmian in Euro 2016 quarter final? Quality. And quality comes from fitness and seriousness.

USA 94
Franco Baresi, Daniele Massaro and Roberto Baggio played 120 minutes against Brazil – do you remember Romario, Dunga, Taffarel? – and their failures were due to cramps: especially Baresi, that came back against Brazil after recovering from a meniscus surgery in only twenty days. On the other side, Roberto Baggio was injured and Arrigo Sacchi should have replaced him during a so sensitive match. In USA 94 final Italy and Brazil performed nine penalties, missing three: the winner came out before the sudden death.

EURO 2016
Simone Zaza was subbed in at 119′, in time to kick once and beat Neuer from 12 yards (11 meters), with no need to take a shower: no, he started to dance in front of the German keeper and then sent the ball past the crossbar. Don’t try to forgive Graziano Pellè, because he has not yet learned that one goal scored is more valuable than his haircut; he made the same mistake like Montolivo in the previous Euro: out on the left, and don’t worry about the cameramen! Leonardo Bonucci could become the man of the match, after scoring the equalizer penalty at 78′, but this time his shot was saved; I can’t blame him, he played a strong game and took again the responsibility. Matteo Darmian came in the game at 86′ to replace cramped Florenzi, so he was fit and, after thirty-five minutes of warm-up, his penalty was saved and Hector scored the German winner.

GOODBYE PENALTIES?
We can find many games and players that can confirm: there is a problem in shoot-outs, players don’t take them seriously as was in the past. Compare today with yesterday: Maradona did never say goodbye for a missed penalty, as did Messi after Copa America Centenario…

Benvenuti in Iran

Gol be gol - flower shop
Gol be gol – negozio fuori dall’aeroporto Imam Khomeini

Dopo essere atterrati all’ “Imam Khomeini” a Tehran, le prime cose che vedete fuori dall’aereoporto sono i taxi e un negozio di fiori, aperto anche alle 2 di notte.

Al contrario che in altri Paesi, in Iran si regalano fiori non solo alle donne e alle ragazze, ma anche agli uomini e ai ragazzi: quando le nazionali di calcio di Iran e Stati Uniti si affrontarono ai Mondiali di Francia 98, prima del fischio d’inizio il capitano iraniano Abedzadeh donò un grande mazzo di fiori al capitano americano Dooley, e poi le due squadre fecero una foto insieme.

 

 

 

Taxicabs Tehran
Taxi a Tehran – aereoporto Imam Khomeini

Nel vostro primo giorno persiano, quando vi svegliate provate una colazione completa iraniana. Tè nero o verde, latte, pane, burro, formaggio, noci, uova, cetrioli, torta, limonata e frutta.

Sì, frutta, proveniente da diverse zone dell’Iran: in autunno melograni da Saveh, in inverno limoni dolci (Citrus limetta) da Jiroft, in primavera meloni da Bandar Abbas, in estate angurie da Mashhad.

Se volete imparare qualcosa sull’Iran e sugli Iraniani, visitate la capitale: Tehran. Qui inizia il nostro viaggio…

Welcome to Iran

Gol be gol - flower shop
Gol be gol – flower shop Imam Khomeini airport

After you land to the “Imam Khomeini” in Tehran, the first things that you see out of the airport are taxicabs and a flower shop, open at 2.00 am too.

Despite other countries, in Iran you send flowers as a present not only to women and girls, but also to men and boys: when Iran and USA national football teams met each other at FIFA World Cup France 98, before the kick off, Iranian captain Abedzadeh gave a big bouquet of flowers to US captain Dooley and then the two teams took a photo together.

 

 

 

Taxicabs Tehran
Taxicabs Tehran – Imam Khomeini airport

In your first Persian day, wake up and try a full Iranian breakfast. Black or green tea, milk, bread, butter, cheese, walnuts, eggs, cucumbers, cake, lemonade and fruits.

Yes, fruits, from different zones of Iran: in autumn pomegranades from Saveh, in winter sweet lemons (Citrus limetta) from Jiroft, in spring melons from Bandar Abbas, in summer watermelons from Mashhad.

If you want to learn about Iran and Iranians, visit the capital: Tehran. Our journey starts here…

Scoprire l’IRAN

Il 12 Aprile 2016 andrò a visitare l’Iran, in Medio Oriente. E’ molto interessante vedere un paese molto antico, dove si può trovare varietà di cibo, costumi, tradizioni, dialetti, religioni, sport.

Gli Iraniani sono quasi 80 milioni, metà della popolazione ha meno di 30 anni, molti dei quali laureati, parlano inglese oltre al farsì (persiano).

Il paese ha una superficie di 1.648.195 km2 dove potete trovare le catene montuose Zagros e Alborz, i deserti Dasht-e-Kavir e Dasht-e-Lut. A nord si raggiunge il Mar Caspio, a sud il Golfo Persico e il Golfo di Oman.

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Goodnight from Tehran
Goodnight from Tehran

Discovering IRAN

On April 12, 2016 I’m leaving to visit Iran, in the Middle East. It’s very interesting to see a very ancient country, where you can find a variety of food, habits, traditions, dialects, religions, sports.

Iranian people are nearly 80 millions, half of the population is under the age of 30, most of them University educated and speak English besides Farsi (Persian).

The country has an area of 1,648,195 km2 where you can find Zagros and Alborz Mountains, Dasht-e-Kavir and Dasht-e-Lut deserts. On the north you reach the Caspian Sea, and on the south the Persian Gulf and the Oman Gulf.

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Goodnight from Tehran
Goodnight from Tehran