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The story list for tomorrow’s Age … featuring ten soccer pieces from nine Melbourne-based reporters:

FED SQR:The Croatians had the first roar. As they saw their first goal — the game’s first goal — cries rang out from their small encircled enclaves in the great crush of green and gold. A mother and her children, all decked out in red and white checks, chanted in triumph: “Mir Hrvati! Mir Hrvati!” (We Croatians!) Others, who had come armed with more than just their voices, hurled celebratory plastic bottles, rolls of unfurling loo paper and hot pink phosphorescent flares at the big screen in Federation square. This was their moment. Socceroos fans nearby were less than generous in allowing it to them. “Bullshit! Bullshit! Bullshit!” some of them jeered in unison.(KISSANE)

FED SQR 2: UP TO 14 people will be charged for offences relating to lighting or possessing flares following World Cup celebrations in Melb. They are expected to receive summonses to appear in court and face fines of up to $1000.(COOKE)

FED SQR 3: Voices from the square. male and female, different walks, what was their comment on the match (win lose or draw) about 8 good ones would suffice. (COOKE/pix)

CROATIAN HALL:Festive mood with 400 Melbourne Croatians at Croatian Hall in Footscray. Most of the young crowd had been born in Aus but strongly identified as Croatian. This meant they couldn’t lose — they wanted Aus and Croatia to win. (WEBB/pix)

TELSTRA: Soccer fever invaded one of the bastions of AFL football yesterday as hundreds of delirious fans celebrated Australia’s win against Croatia at Telstra Dome. The Locker Room bar, where the World Cup game was telecast live on a large screen, exploded in celebrations at the end of a nerve-racking 90 minutes of soccer.(SHTARGOT)

LYGON ST: While the “oi, oi, oi’s” were still ringing out at Fed Sqr, some Socceroo fans made a beeline for Lygon St to book a spot for the next clash with Italy. With around 1million of Vic’s pop of Italian origin, every Italian- Aussie will be a winner whatever way the games goes.(EDWARDS)

MERCHANDISE:Rebel has sold tens of thousands of scarves, jumpers, balls and t- shirts — not to mention more than 5000 pairs of lucky undies(RUMBLE)

VOXPOP:quizzing famous Italian Australians about where their loyalties lie ahead of Monday night’s huge clash. Talked to Bettina Liano, Olimpia Bortolotto – owner and head chef Cecconis restaurant Melbourne, Stefano the restaurateur, Connie Pagliantiti – President Carlton Business Assoc, Stephen Silvagni.(KINSELLA)

SBS:SBS TV estimates that it wd have had about 2.5m viewers last night – an SBS record – SBS expects that to be eclipsed next Monday night for Italy Vs Australia. SBS averaged 1m viewers on each night of the Ashes.(KINSELLA)

NATIONAL PSYCHE:impact on Australia’s national psyche when a national sporting team does so well; getting psychologists to talk about this phenomenon; and what about the let down when we get knocked out?(RUMBLE/MEDEW)

And that’s before we get to the sports pages.

(Via a Spencer Street spy)

Posted by Tim B. on 06/23/2006 at 03:57 AM
    1. I want Australia to lose so that SBS will put Iron Chef back on.

      Posted by Islam/cancer-Chuck Norris/answer on 2006 06 23 at 04:29 AM • permalink


    1. Ahhh, the AGE, printing whats news today, tomorrow.

      Posted by Nic on 2006 06 23 at 04:44 AM • permalink


    1. Hard to see this whole internet thingy taking over, when all you have to do is wait 24 hours to read about it.

      Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2006 06 23 at 04:49 AM • permalink


    1. The national psyche?

      Posted by slammer on 2006 06 23 at 06:26 AM • permalink


    1. I hope the “voices from the square” will include the broad strata of Australian society. Congrats on the win and the advancement.

      Posted by andycanuck on 2006 06 23 at 07:22 AM • permalink


    1. Great angle from ACA—interview with Mrs Harry Kewell.  Yum yum!

      Posted by slammer on 2006 06 23 at 07:39 AM • permalink


    1. Like most of the media, there has been a lot of ‘jumping on the bandwagon’.

      Better late than never. And in that spirit:

      Posted by WeekByWeek on 2006 06 23 at 07:40 AM • permalink


    1. It is great to see soccer finally taking root within the country. 20 years ago soccer was dismissed as the wog sport; perhaps now some people still think that way but given the outpouring of emotion in the recent games, I would like to think it has become mainstream.

      Good on you Johnny.

      Posted by The Best Infidel on 2006 06 23 at 07:49 AM • permalink


    1. #1 Royalpain,
      I second that. Allez cuisine!.

      Posted by Daniel San on 2006 06 23 at 08:19 AM • permalink


    1. Soccer, bah humbug!!!

      Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2006 06 23 at 09:02 AM • permalink


    1. Now, see, forget WMD’s… this is why civilized countries invade other countries… it keeps the footie off the front page.

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 06 23 at 09:44 AM • permalink


    1. OT,, Why Charles Krauthammer loves Australia.

      Posted by Hellbilly on 2006 06 23 at 09:57 AM • permalink


    1. Yes but, this Krauthammer refers to australian rules footballs as a “national passion”

      Throws rather a wet blanket over his credentials.

      Posted by Steve at the pub on 2006 06 23 at 10:38 AM • permalink


    1. #11 – You bet this is why countries go to war.  See, e.g., the Soccer War

      Posted by Andrew on 2006 06 23 at 10:48 AM • permalink


    1. #8 I too have always wanted to see soccer get rooted.

      Posted by andycanuck on 2006 06 23 at 02:27 PM • permalink


    1. All this has simply made Australia a bigger target for terrorism than our involvement in Iraq ever could.

      Imagine the consequences should we actually win????

      I blame Harry Kewell and Guus Hiddink.

      Posted by MentalFloss on 2006 06 23 at 04:18 PM • permalink


    1. All this has simply made Australia a bigger target for terrorism than our involvement in Iraq ever could.

      Luckily for the Socceroos, they didn’t have to eliminate any Muslim nations in the first round…and well, now there aren’t any left. 🙂

      Incidentally, I expect burning embassies in about five months or so once somebody has told the illiterate rabble about this World Cup thing and how Muslim nations were systematically repressed in it.

      Posted by PW on 2006 06 23 at 04:52 PM • permalink


    1. The following is out of left field, where, these days, I usually find myself, having long since given up on finding a life for myself.
      The most intriguing aspect of the above is- dunny rolls.
      Working for companies which are refugee asylums for the unemployed, rehab, single mothers and Newstarts all told by the Cwth to “get a job” then shoved into Moron Land I occasionally find myself searching for weapons of mass destruction in little old ladies handbags being taken into the football.
      After periodic crackdowns on spray deodorants (used by imbeciles in much the same fashion as police use capsicum spray), knitting needles (used by little old ladies to silent remove the life of a drunken smoking offensive imbecile in the row in front), Thermos flasks of “soup” containing lethal home brews to beat the pricing rorts on beer at major stadiums, I have been patiently awaiting the day when we are given carte blanche to start confiscating cigarettes at the gate and remove once and for all the Dreadful Menace of the Constantly Abused and Treated as a Joke Tobacco Act amendments, when all the time I missed the obvious- yes- dunny rolls.

      Football stadiums are full of these menaces.
      Can you just imagine- Croats filling your local- say the MCG- grabbing all the dunny rolls to hurl at the Referee, and leaving 99,999 patrons with only fingers to clean up their personal messes.

      This would lead to a situation worse than Iraq.

      The End of the World is nigh.

      Posted by MarshallD on 2006 06 23 at 06:37 PM • permalink


    1. #13 Yes but, this Krauthammer refers to australian rules footballs as a “national passion”

      ‘A’ national passion Steve, not THE national passion, which is cricket.

      I think the Americans would accept us a their 51st State in every respect other than for cricket, which we would have to ban.

      Posted by Barrie on 2006 06 23 at 08:50 PM • permalink


    1. The local Oehringen Germans still love the Aussie World Cup team training there.
      Don’t anyone tell them we are still backing the USA in Iraq and Afghanistan…

      Posted by Barrie on 2006 06 23 at 08:54 PM • permalink


    1. Barrie — You’re giving them money, buying their beer and renting their daughters.  That damn near makes you USAREUR to them… and they’ll never want you to leave.

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 06 24 at 12:13 AM • permalink


    1. Nerds FC should be the World Cup Winners

      Posted by 1.618 on 2006 06 24 at 12:17 AM • permalink


    1. How come “Hrvati” is Croatian for “Croatian”?  Is this the same rule that makes “Helvetia” or whatever it is be Switzerlandese for “Swiss”?  What is wrong with these people?

      Posted by Huck Foley on 2006 06 24 at 03:38 AM • permalink


    1. No, “Helvetia” is Latin for Switzerland…according to the German Wikipedia, it’s used as the official name in certain circumstances because that way none of the country’s 4 official languages is favoured over the others.

      Anyway…Deutschland – Germany. Suomi – Finland. Nihon/Nippon – Japan.

      There’s probably tons more. Languages are a funny thing.

      Posted by PW on 2006 06 24 at 09:15 AM • permalink


    1. Many of the names we use in English for other countries and peoples are actually names that other people gave them, or are derived from places within those countries (for example, “India” from the Indus River, which dates from Roman usage, by way of the Greeks via the Persians—the current official name of the entire country is actually Bharata, or Bharat, in Sanskrit).

      Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2006 06 24 at 01:54 PM • permalink


    1. Many of the names we use in English for other countries and peoples are actually names that other people gave them, or are derived from places within those countries .

      Well it all sounds perfectly reasonable but I’m against alla that, too.  They should have a big ol’ pow-wow, at the UN or someplace, and vote down a universally arbitrary set of pan-national nomenclature that everybody had to abide by.  Consider it a test of their damn United-National legitimacy, snort, and if they can’t make it happen, I vote we get rid of ‘em.  The UN I mean, not Croatia or Switzerland, or even Persia, at least not right away.

      Posted by Huck Foley on 2006 06 25 at 10:09 AM • permalink


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