Tuesday, 15 June 2010
Somebody alert Daniele De Rossi’s family. He’s going to need to be airlifted to the nearest medical facility for immediate assessment.
No, wait, he’s fine.
The captain went through some pain of his own, but he too bounced back.
Now I don’t offer any of this in order to trot out the well-known clichés about Italian theatrics on the football field. What I think these images demonstrate is rather how expressive we are, especially when it comes to showing pain. We are not a stoic people. We do not repress our negative emotions. We carry a long history of suffering in our bodies and on our faces, and are not afraid to show it.
It seems to be a constant of Italy at the world cup that we should struggle in the first round, that we have to - it’s the actual word used - suffer. We didn’t in 2006, as a matter of fact, but this hasn't prevented the media coverage in the lead up to the game against Paraguay to be all about Italy and suffering in the early stages. On the evidence of today’s game, it’s set to happen again. So expect more intense close-ups and the kind of nervy lunging of bodies that would have caused Michelangelo to reach in haste for his sketchbook.
Posted by Giovanni Tiso at 03:07