World Cup hosts Germany were crushed yesterday during a friendly against Italy in Florence. The "Azzurri" dominated the game and beat the Germans 4 to 1 after a delightful performance by some up and coming stars. Luca Toni, who scored in the match, is one of those players who might flourish in what appears to be his only World Cup appearance (he'll be 29 by the time the World Cup rolls around). It is refreshing to see the Italians attack the whole game for once, rather than sit back on a goal's lead. Perhaps Coach Lippi realizes our errors and we'll continue to provide an attacking squad - we certainly have a plethora of talented strikers.
Of course, Italy can also lay an egg come World Cup time. I can't get too confident with Italy having the toughest draw in the World Cup. If they make it out of the group stage, they'll certainly have proven their worth.
And their jerseys are pretty awesome too!