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Euro 2004 Diary : Day 11

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 Tuesday 22nd June 2004

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 You have to feel for Antonio Cassano

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 For 90 minutes
the nimble Machiavelli
foraged forlornly

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 Then, a through ball
from the boot
of Inevitability

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 Set free
Conspiracy theory
to finish with a flourish

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 Young Cassano
with joyous grin;
a spin, in celebration

7 Leave a comment on verse 7 0 A touchline hug
a quick conflab;
the cavorting ceases

8 Leave a comment on verse 8 0 Fate, has decreed
that any margin
is a hollow victory

9 Leave a comment on verse 9 0 And young Cassano
falls to pieces

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Notes

let down by his more senior colleagues
superstars Vieiri, Del Piero and Totti had very disappointing tournaments

Italy fail to qualify, even though they didn’t lose a game
Denmark, Sweden and Italy all finish on 5 points –
yet, becasue of the convoluted system EUFA chose, the 2-2 draw between Denamrk and Sweden meant that Italy beating Bulgaria by any number of goals wouldn’t matter – as it happens, Italy only scored in the 90th minute, and Sweden only pulled back their second equaliser in the last minute, in a match that was in no way a fit-up.

Niccolo Machiavelli (1469 – 1527)
Florentine Statesman and Political theorist.
Anything ‘Machiavellian’ is meant as :
‘immoral and deceitful behaviour’

no way can that be leveraged at Denmark and Sweden.

Sweden top the group, Denmark 2nd, Italy 3rd, Bulgaria 4th

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/euro-2004-diary-day-11/