Sometimes, when I feel annoyed with people and things, I express my frustration by writing.  Don’t get me wrong, I also write when I’m happy, but, when I’m frustrated, writing just takes me to another dimension, a less annoying one. It sweeps me away to a quiet place where I can recharge and feel whole again.

Today, my heart was broken. I’m not expecting everyone to understand how I feel, but if you are a soccer fan, you can certainly understand the magnitude of my sadness today.  For those of you whom learned to love and worship soccer from a very early age, you can understand the sadness and the disappointment of a loss.

After Juventus defeated Barcelona twice, some of us, including myself, got a bit overconfident. We felt our team could easily win against Real Madrid and claim the Champions League cup.

As you may have guessed, this was not the case. Ugh!

Unfortunately, that’s life and sports. While it sometimes feels wrong to be in a state of mourning over sports, especially a match wherein no one was injured and everyone returned safely back to their families; I  think it is a good thing to allow yourself to really process your emotions. If I did not feel bad when Juve loses, I would not feel good when they win. If that was the case, what would be the point of watching sports? That emotional attachment one develops with a team is what makes this pastime so exhilarating.

Time to start again.

Take care everyone

XO,

Nunzia

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ce ne andiamo a Cardiff! Ce ne andiamo a Cardiff! 

The song goes on and on. This is a song that we Juventini/bianconeri are singing as the day of our game approaches. Saturday, my beloved Juventus will go face-to-face with Real Madrid in the Champions League Final.
Our team has improved a lot. Our great coach, Mr. Allegri, has done a fabulous job with this team. We just won our six consecutive scudetto, and now, if we win our game on Saturday, we will make history. Our goalkeeper, Gigi Buffon, made it to the Champions League Final in 2003 and 2015, but has never won. At 39 years old, Giogio’ keeps on going strong. This could be his last chance at winning.
Last year, Real Madrid won the Champions League Final. Cristiano Ronaldo is on fire this year, as well. It is going to be a huge/stressful game. I need to do my best to stay calm. A workout prior to the game will be a must.
However, I am confident in my team. We beat Barca! So, we know we can also beat Real Madrid.
Fino alla fine, ragazzi!
XO,
Nunzia

 

 

I will be wearing this shirt on Saturday!
Buffon in action here!
Forza Juve!!! Fino alla Fine!

Hello, my friends and fellow Juventini!

Well, we did it again! My Juve won the Tim Cup/Coppa Italia yesterday. The final score was 2-0. I must admit, I was a bit nervous before the game. I know I should not feel that way, but it was only because I knew that our main goalkeeper, Gigi Buffon, was not going to play. Normally, our coach, Mr. Allegri, lets our backup goalkeeper, Neto Murara, play every Coppa Italia match. Needless to say, Neto did a super job tonight. I was very proud of him. I seem to forget that Neto is an experienced goalkeeper himself. Prior to Juve, he was the main goalie for the Fiorentina Serie A soccer team.

Now we have a few days to celebrate, then we must focus on our last Serie A game that will take place on Sunday. Let me be clear about this: basically, we already won the Seria A Scudetto, which is another championship of ours, but we still have to play one more game before we our officially the champions. We will play against Crotone this coming Sunday.

This is our wonderful coach, Mr. Allegri!

Then, after winning our sixth consecutive Scudetto, we will switch gears to focus on the Champions League. Juventus and Real Madrid will come face-to-face on Saturday, June 3 for the final game of UCL. I have a few weeks to get myself mentally ready for that game. Until then, I will keep working on finalizing and submitting my article to Huffington Post. There is a lot to do before submitting an article, like writing a short biography and a pitch, but I’m excited, and will keep you posted. XO XO XO