Monday, July 10, 2006

An ignominious defeat

The sense of disappointment was palpable in France last night. Zizou's loss of control for a split second, in the dying minutes of the game, shattered the dream of a world cup victory for France.

I watched the game with my neighbours in an impromtu street party. Some people put their TV's outside and we all gathered in the road to cheer on France. The nail biting penalty shootout could have been very different if Zizou was still on the pitch, and the end of the match came as an anti-climax. Everyone tried to convince themselves that "it's only a game", but the disappointment was real. Although, if France had won the street party that would have ensued would have been an event to witness.

A sad end it is to Zizou's brilliant football career, but an end that proves him human, just like the rest of us.

Next up, World Cup 2010 in South Africa!

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