[Previous instalments in the ‘Scarves on Statues’ series can be found here]
Another World Cup is over for Italy.
I’m fine, thanks for asking.
Oh alright then, you’ve got me – I’m not fine. It bloody sucks.
The hardest thing to stomach is the cold hard reality of that potentially being the last time we will ever get to see two giants of the game thrill us on the world stage – Gianluigi Buffon and Andrea Pirlo. Such a pity to see them end their distinguished World Cup careers in that manner.
Twin beacons of hope, however, are the signs for the future. Before this World Cup we had no idea who, if anyone, could step to fill these great shoes. Now we have seen Salvatore Sirigu and Marco Verratti come forward ready to accept the baton, and the future looks to be in very capable hands.
As one generation passes to the next we are fortunate that, at this World Cup, the new kids got to be looked after by the older generation. Hopefully that stands gli Azzurri in good stead in the years to come.
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