South Africa has never seen a sporting event on the scale of the World Cup before, and theyÃ¢ÂÂre very, very excited about it. Equally, the World Cup has never witnessed anything quite like South Africa. This will be a uniquely thrilling venue for the greatest tournament on earth.
Ã¢ÂÂ¨Lots of non-football fans will be watching the World Cup, which can only be a good thing. But the great uninitiated hordes of Johnny and Jenny Come Latelys will be asking you lots of questions about the game. Sometimes silly ones.
Italy flew out of MilanÃ¢ÂÂs Malpensa Airport under cover of darkness surrounded by the same patriotic fervour than now accompanies Republic Day. So, still no real enthusiasm for Marcello LippiÃ¢ÂÂs boys as they boarded their flight for South Africa Ã¢ÂÂ apart from the pre-teens who had forced their fathers to drive out to the airport to wave a flag.