I know I'm fairly new at this (maybe in the puberty of my football life?), but man have I grown to dislike Italy. The diving, the pulling of shirts, the faux-outrage over every call or non-call that didn't go their way, I really starting hating them on a personal level, something generally reserved for the Yankees.
I like the Russians a lot. They beat my rooting interest (Dutch) but, again my pubescent football emotions are taking over, they seem like a very likable team. Young, attacking, straight-up. I can root for Russia.
I actually dislike their play, but I did start to like them solely on their goalkeeper. I couldn't stand their diving and the way they took advantage of that terrible referee, but Buffon won me over as the tournament went on. Let's be honest though, Spain has been my team since the very start. They have my favorite player on the team, Fabregas, and they play a nice style of football.
I believe that Spain-Russia could be a great game. I think that Spain is younger and more athletic than the Dutch, and that there will be less problems that the Russians cause. I think it can be a back and forth game, unlike the Holland-Russia game, where Russia got to every 50-50 ball and just pound van der Sar's net. I would love to see Fabregas hit another winner for these guys.
So today is the first day in over two weeks that there isn't any football on TV, and I feel kind of empty. I know it leaves me free time to do other things, but watching football every day was for me like eating cake at work for Elaine on Seinfeld. I know I'm going to miss it, and I'm going to need a fix. I guess I'll just youtube highlight videos of my favorite club team.