7. DEL PIERO
Three short of a whole team. That is how many Juventus players feature in the line up of this World Cup Final. If there were ever any doubts that Juventus never needed all the stupid jerrymandering for which it will pay in the coming years, this should dispel them. If any one still doubted that the 11 players on the pitch (and all of the others in all the other teams) had absolutely no connection with what was going on in the ugly behind the scenes of Italian football, he should think again. It's a pity that the way things are going Juve will definitely be paying a penalty they deserve as an organisation but that they are being made a scapegoat of a system which neeeded a top to bottom change. Some teams that should have been punished for other obscenities that tarnish the name of the game as much as idiots calling a referee will walk out scot free and will instead take part in a dead Serie A and probably a Champion's League.
The mere fact that supporters of the various Rigetta's and Interloser are gleeful at the possibility of winning a Serie A devoid of any real competition just goes to show how the mentality of "winning at all costs" will continue to pervade Italian football once this scandal is come and gone.
In the meantime I will back Del Piero for this World Cup final. Because he is not just one of the best footballers that Italy has produced but also because he is able to winter all hardships and face criticism and get up again ... always better than before. Alessandro Del Piero has time and again show what it is like to be a man and act like one.
Let's enjoy this World Cup Final that is so ironically coloured in Black and White (from the Zidane of old to the Del Piero of today) . And as an afterthought... when you see so much goodness that could be going to waste, I cannot resist joining the chorus....
"Moggi... magari mori oggi"
(e tutta la bella compania Franco Sensi, Giraudo, Baldini, Galliani, Berlusconi, De Santis, ecc)