Genoa, Italy — A historic success because it took over eight decades, for the United States soccer team to beat Italy yesterday, and it can now boast. The victory, on a chilly night, came in a friendly match and not in a tournament, and thanks to the coach Jurgen Klinsmann, who has reshaped the US team. The Americans are competitive on the world stage from long time, but they do not often beat elite teams. “If you beat Italy on their own soil, it means a lot”, Klinsmann said, obviously pleased with his team’s good performance since he took over as coach late last July”. In 10 games under Klinsmann, the U.S. team is 5-4-1, but its four other victories were over Slovenia, Panama, Venezuela and Honduras, none of them near the level of the Italians or European teams, anyway.
The friendly matches are just important for coaches to check if the team works and the capped footballers suitable, then making the opportune changes if necessary. Anyway, till now, the Italian national team (called the “Azzurri”, because their soccer uniforms color) has always win or got a draw during the previous eleven friendly 2012 games.
Fans of Napoli can dream now, at the beginning of the championship, today September 18, 2011 few hours before the Feast of San Gennaro, Napoli overwhelms AC Milan and goes forward at full speed in the Premier league, even after got next to victory in the Champions League against Manchester city. There is the triplet of Cavani who doesn’t spare and flies quickly in the lead scorer’s list, with three goals in two matches; the intelligent and timely Inler’s plot; Maggio’s tirelessness lucidity. There is a great Gargano and a very versatile Zuniga through the consistency of the whole team that must and should improve further, especially if Lavezzi and Hamsik add other pearls to the necklace. Meanwhile, it is at the top in the division. Just six years that Napoli had not won against Milan (three defeats and three draws), and thus a deserved elation. I’ve never been a true fan, I never followed this sport assiduously but, I was born in Naples where living and working so, as issues of pride, I must side with my city team, for better or for worse. Rejoicing when we win and when, at least in the sport newspapers, Napoli appears on the frontpage and this time not for trash or for underworld, and if in an European or World level, such as the Champions League, then the joy becomes satisfaction and pride.
Pride about a city and people that always ill-treated, can at least find moments of joy and happiness they deserve.
Wrapped in a reality that often degrades and ranks as second-class citizens, being in the lead division and globally competitive, at least in sport, I believe and hope any Neapolitan appreciate and evaluate this importance.
Cheer!! Great Napoli! Go Napoli! …. .and compliments to the coach Mazzarri.