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I want to thank you for your last reply. I remember the match between Germany and France in the 1982 World Cup. I heard the match on my shortwave radio while studying medicine in the Dominican Republic.
I was studying for my final exams with other students and exhaustion set in. I decided to rest and turn on the shortwave radio. Spanish National Radio transmitted a program to Latin America related to world football which lasted 7 hours. The program was dedicated to the World Cup.
Since it was nearly impossible to see the World Cup on TV in the Dominican Republic (because of a televised baseball match), I imagined what was transpiring. It was the same thing which was the tenacity as well as the desire to continue to the last minute.
It was one of the greatest events I heard on shortwave radio. Aftewards, I returned to my studies and was able to pass the final exams of the semester. The lesson was the same as yours. The greatest victories in life have a heavy price but are worth it.
I also hope you enjoy the game as well. Regardless who wins, I am celebrating the tournament itself because Euro 2012 was not easy to stage. It was also a historical one given that it is the first Euro tournament staged outside of Western Europe.
My best wishes.
Thanks for being my fan.
I just read your post and don't worry. You were not offensive. Regardless, apologies are accepted. It is easy to make comments at the heat of the night especially when reading newspapers or listening to certain ESPN announcers.
The newspaper from Boston that made that comment about the Italians lacks objectivity and class. There are also some ESPN Announcers that do not know what they are talking about. I was watching one ESPN program with Skip Bayless about the Miami Heat NBA Final. There will be no comment about Skip Bayless for the above mentioned reason.
It is also easy to make comments when a person favors a club or another. Everyoe falls in the category.
I have a lot of respect for Italy and how Mario Balotelli was able to stun Germany with two goals. The reason [for the victory] is because Italy did its homework and studied the competition. Italy executed a game plan based on their studies. The rest resulted in Italy facing Spain during the final Euro 2012 match.
While supporting Spain, I will personally congratulate Italy if they win. Italy has shown the world what football is all about. The important thing is not who wins but that Italy and Spain played their best in the Euro 2012 finals.