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The Mourning of Italy Posted by on Jun 27, 2010 in Culture

Yet another post related to the World Cup (كاس العالم). In Lebanon, we use the slang “futbal.” In Arabic we say كرة القدم, which translates literally–and naturally–to “foot-ball.”

I recently wrote about my first World Cup, which took place in Italy in 1990. I was living in Beirut, Lebanon at the time. The following photo was taken not too far from where I lived and watched some of those games. It was taken by a friend near my Grandmother’s home in Beirut after the Italian squad (المنتخب اللإيطالي) made a shock first round exit from this World Cup. Fans of Brazil thought it would be a good idea to hold a mock “funeral” for the Azzurri (the Azzurri is the nickname for the Italian national team); so they made fake coffins and draped them with Italian flags to symbolize the downfall of the Italian team, who until then were the defending world champions.

The mourning of Italy

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