It is often said that nothing much changes in life. The same general themes are played out in different situations by different people at a different time. This is epitomised beautifully by One Night in Turin.
The 2010 World Cup is as highly anticipated as the global tournaments that have preceded it. England fans are daring to dream that their team, which is made up of a few more than decent players, might just go all the way. The players themselves also think they have a good chance of going far in the tournament, while the manager Fabio Capello is keeping his cards close to his chest. Yet the media who deep down want England to do well seem to be doing everything within their power to put a spanner in the works. From the whole John Terry affair to the recent Lord Triesman debacle, the media seems intent from distracting everyone from the job in hand. Italia 90 was no different.
In 1990 Sir Bobby Robson was putting his squad together, but the British press were trying to ruin everything before they even got to Italy. Stories of Sir Bob lining up a job at PSV after the tournament added to the criticism they were already giving him for England’s poor performances. At least Capello has the media on his side. Paul Gascoigne was taking on Terry’s role and had his face brandished all over the front pages for the wrong reasons, while the sports secretary was really sticking the boot in as far as England fans’ hooliganism was concerned. Hopefully that won’t be a problem in South Africa.
When the England team finally made it to Italy and let their football do the talking they gave a mixture of promising and indifferent performances. Who would bet against that being the case in this year’s group stages? But England made it through, scraping past Belgium and Cameroon a long the way, before they came up against the old enemy in Turin.
The Italia 90 semi-final against Germany has gone down in the history books as yet another near miss, compounded by penalty heart-break. I watched the 1990 World Cup but was too young to remember individual moments, such as Gazza crying and the Pearce and Waddle penalty misses that have since been etched in my memory by continual TV clips.
The match action is shown in all its glory in One Night in Turin, but it is the never seen before, behind the scenes footage and interviews with players and fans at the time that really makes this a must-watch DVD that will only serve to fuel your anticipation ahead of the 2010 World Cup. It gives an amazing insight into the tournament for those who can and cannot vividly remember it and the number of similarities that you can draw with the build-up to this year’s tournament is incredible.
What is it they say? Everything changes, but still stays the same. Roll on June 12th!