Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Grazie Mantova!

You know those things that you don't experience for a long time and wonder if they will still feel the same when you do? Those matters that give you great pleasure and are all the sweeter because they don't happen all that often? Well, the weekend furnished me with one of those - Juve got beat by Mantova (what did you think I was talking about?).

I had pondered whether relegation to Serie B might make the Bianconeri more endearing. Their humbling during Calciopoli might have made them less dislikeable. Indeed, their new faith in young Italian players could even have prompted me to consider them a role model for other sides. But, instead, no. It felt great to watch them lose.

No doubt they will still get promoted but it's just nice to see them taken down a peg or two. At the winter break the papers were all full of "Who will Juve sign WHEN they return to Serie A?" stories. Now, if there is one thing Serie B does not like it is arrogance from big teams. So it was fitting that little Mantova kicked the Bianconeri in the balls. They bounced back, of course, against Cesena. But still, it was fun to see them get beat again.

5 comments:

martinobhoy said...

Your hated rivals are always your hated rivals even if they drop down a division.

Oh dear God, if only.....

TrentToffee said...

I understand your fellings exactly. Saturday 09-Sep-06 - Goodison Park. Oh happy day. A scoreline that occurs once every 30 years on average. I'm still feasting on it >:o)

ginkers said...

I think you never tire of seeing the 'enemy' suffer - especially if that is usually your position.

Red said...

I used to support Juventus when I was a young girl growing up (it was me and my Dad, Juventini; my Mum and my sister Milaniste... not a peaceful household!), but you're right: when teams get too cocky and arrogant, there is a lot of pleasure watching them lose.

Dare I say I felt the same way when England got kicked out of the World Cup?!?

ginkers said...

You definitely do dare, along with everyone living north of the border!