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2006年NPR美国国家公共电台七月-Italy, France Head to World Cup Final

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Grosso, Grosso, Italy's Fabio Grosso scoring in the final minutes of a second overtime1 in Italy's semifinal World Cup victory over Germany. Now Italy will play France. France defeated Portugal yesterday. Sunday is the World Cup Final. We are joined by ESPN soccer analyst2 Tommy Smith.

--Tommy, welcome to Day to Day. And Italy versus3 Germany, this is the match that was played on the 4th of July. Two teams, they played for 120 minutes. No score, and then, at the end of the second overtime, in just two minutes, there are two scores by Italy. How does this come about, one of the great all-time matches I would think.

--Well, you may be on Day to Day, they were on minute to minute. Believe me...and it all came about an attitude. I mean the Italians were scared to go to penalty kicks.

--After you play two overtimes and it's tied, then you go to these kind of free kick things, (that) and that's how you settle it.

--Yes, it's 12 yards out and you -- one man against the goalkeeper, and they set up five and whoever scores the most out of the five. But basically, the Italians have a very, very bad record when it comes to taking penalty kicks. And the Germans have been perfect, the Germans have never lost a game taking penalty kicks. So Marcello Lippi, who is the coach of the Italian team. He sent on uh…three substitutes. The three substitutes were all attacking footballers, they were strikers, who were designed to score a goal. And then, of course, there was that memorable4 goal as you just had on your clip from uh… Grosso.

--You had predicted that Italy was going to win the whole thing. What is it you like so much about the Italians?

--Well, actually when the draw was made in December, I was asked on the air that day who would win the World Cup, and I said that Italy would win the World Cup. And I was asked what about Brazil. And I said I didn't like Brazil. To knock off the Brazil question, firstly Alex, I, I didn't like Brazil because I had thought their players were too old, and a little bit too smug for my liking5, because you know, they are Brazilians, they feel they are gonna win the World Cup. And they don't have to put as much as other people into it and I think that showed in their play. For the Italians, the Italians are, are a very, very talented team. The Italians are notoriously slow starters. First couple of games, they don't play very well. And then when it gets down to the final couple of games, they are always in it so I, I just felt they were a good team, Alex.

--If you don't like the age of the Brazilians, what about the French now in the World Cup Final? They are led by a guy who, uh, actually was retired6 and came back just for the series, although he is playing awfully7 well.

--Yes, Zinedine Zidane. There is actually three players on the, the French side who had retired. And of course, Zidane, I mean, the best player in the world. It's a great way to go out,if, if you are gonna go out of the international game, it's a great way to go out in the World Cup Final. But to answer your question, I really didn't think the, the French would do anything. But I think there was a difference in the attitude that the French had come out of retirement8 to get their team to the World Cup Final. The Brazilians already felt that they were in the World Cup Final.

--You still like the Italians on, on Sunday. [The French are there], but you think they are just gonna show up.

--They will do more than show up. I mean they are a very good side. Claude Makelele and Patrick Vieira- - who are the two central defenders9. They are the rocks on the team. And they hold everything together at the back, which allows Zinedine Zidane that free role to roam around midfield. And now he has a young runner with him. He has this kid with a scar on his face, Ribery who was in a very serious car accident when he was two years old. And he is a lucky man to have even been alive, never mind playing a World Cup Final. So I certainly would not write France off, but yes, I do feel that Italy would still win it.

--ESPN's soccer analyst Tommy Smith. Tommy, thank you.

--Thank you, Alex.

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overtime:a period of time added to the end of a sports game to give one of the two teams a chance to win;加时赛
all-time:used when you compare things to say that one of them is the best, worst etc that there has ever been;空前的, 创记录的
come about:to happen, especially in a way that is not planned;产生,发生
goalkeeper:the player in a sports team whose job is to try to stop the ball going into the goal,American Equivalent: goaltender;守门员
substitute:someone who does someone else's job for a limited period of time, especially in a sports team or school;替补队员
striker:a player in football whose main job is to score goals;前锋队员,进攻队员
knock off:reduce amount;<口>(从价格、帐单等中)减去,除去
smug:showing too much satisfaction with your own cleverness or success - used to show disapproval;自鸣得意的
go out:to stop playing in a competition because you have lost a game;谢幕
show up:to arrive, especially at the place where someone is waiting for you;出场亮相
central defender:中卫队员
roam:to walk or travel, usually for a long time, with no clear purpose or direction;漫游,徘徊
midfield:the middle part of the area where a game such as football is played;中场
write off:To decide that sb. or sth. is useless or unimportant, or a failure. 勾销, 取消


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1 overtime aKqxn     
adj.超时的,加班的;adv.加班地
参考例句:
  • They are working overtime to finish the work.为了完成任务他们正在加班加点地工作。
  • He was paid for the overtime he worked.他领到了加班费。
2 analyst gw7zn     
n.分析家,化验员;心理分析学家
参考例句:
  • What can you contribute to the position of a market analyst?你有什么技能可有助于市场分析员的职务?
  • The analyst is required to interpolate values between standards.分析人员需要在这些标准中插入一些值。
3 versus wi7wU     
prep.以…为对手,对;与…相比之下
参考例句:
  • The big match tonight is England versus Spain.今晚的大赛是英格兰对西班牙。
  • The most exciting game was Harvard versus Yale.最富紧张刺激的球赛是哈佛队对耶鲁队。
4 memorable K2XyQ     
adj.值得回忆的,难忘的,特别的,显著的
参考例句:
  • This was indeed the most memorable day of my life.这的确是我一生中最值得怀念的日子。
  • The veteran soldier has fought many memorable battles.这个老兵参加过许多难忘的战斗。
5 liking mpXzQ5     
n.爱好;嗜好;喜欢
参考例句:
  • The word palate also means taste or liking.Palate这个词也有“口味”或“嗜好”的意思。
  • I must admit I have no liking for exaggeration.我必须承认我不喜欢夸大其词。
6 retired Njhzyv     
adj.隐退的,退休的,退役的
参考例句:
  • The old man retired to the country for rest.这位老人下乡休息去了。
  • Many retired people take up gardening as a hobby.许多退休的人都以从事园艺为嗜好。
7 awfully MPkym     
adv.可怕地,非常地,极端地
参考例句:
  • Agriculture was awfully neglected in the past.过去农业遭到严重忽视。
  • I've been feeling awfully bad about it.对这我一直感到很难受。
8 retirement TWoxH     
n.退休,退职
参考例句:
  • She wanted to enjoy her retirement without being beset by financial worries.她想享受退休生活而不必为金钱担忧。
  • I have to put everything away for my retirement.我必须把一切都积蓄起来以便退休后用。
9 defenders fe417584d64537baa7cd5e48222ccdf8     
n.防御者( defender的名词复数 );守卫者;保护者;辩护者
参考例句:
  • The defenders were outnumbered and had to give in. 抵抗者寡不敌众,只能投降。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • After hard fighting,the defenders were still masters of the city. 守军经过奋战仍然控制着城市。 来自《简明英汉词典》
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