Sunday, July 09, 2006

Prediction: Scarface Lifts France

As good as Fabio Cannavaro and the rest of the Italian defense has been, I think Zidane, of course, and Franck Ribery -- known as Scarface -- will unlock the Azzurri today as Les Bleus lift the Cup with a 2-1 victory. The French are a better attacking side than Italy, who rely on the counter. Makelele and Thuram will snuff out Toni, Totti and substitute Del Piero. Italy will score when one of Barthez's gambles leaves the goal exposed, but goals from Henry and Zidane will cement France as one of the games great sides: 1998 and 2006 World Cup champions, as well as Euro 2000 winners. Don't be surprised if David Trezeguet comes on late for France and troubles Buffon with a few shots. France as worthy winners and the main storyline of a Cup that had threatend to go off the rails with diving, poor refereeing, etc. Bring on South Africa in 2010!