Italy wins the 2006 World Cup.

I wish I was still in NYC. I’m sure today is a day of free pizzas, pastas, and pesto breads in quaint Italian pizzerias across the city.

I rooted for the Italians to win against the French. They were the clear underdogs, and I love to see underdogs win.

My unprofessional opinion on soccer, er, football led me at first to predict (or wish) a Portugal-Italy final game (Portugal being an underdog, too, against France in the semis) but Zidane — yes the French butthead (pun intended) — wanted to end his career with a bang and in glory.

But an Italian win was just as sweet to watch.

So, yeah, the Italians are the champions until 2010. Felicitazioni!