28 June 2006

Australians supporting soccer, but which team(s)?

This is the house three doors from me. The residents apparently have agreed to differ by painting the verandah posts in the colours of the teams they support: Australia , Italy and Argentina.

My next door neighbour fixed an Italian flag to his house and was unable to find an Australian flag to accompany it, despite using his best endeavours to do so (he asked me and doorknocked other neighbours).

Today's Australian has several interesting pieces on soccer: one by Nicole Jeffrey, another by Ray Gatt, and a grab-bag of miscellaneous items headed PM to Viduka:'We know how you feel', whose final paragraph ironically juxtaposes a number of responses:

Premiers Morris Iemma and Steve Bracks vied to host parades, but Hiddink and several players will not be there. "I won't go back for a parade just for making it to the second round," said Hiddink, who is already planning his next job as coach of Russia, while the gypsies of Australian sport refocus on their multi-million-dollar European careers.

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