Some Tarot historians at Trionfi.com discussed the issue of the soccer WM ... before it happened, just following the question, how a possible final might result. Tarot historians are not experts for soccer, one should know. But it was predicted, that Italy would win, France would get second place and Germany would get 3rd place ... just cause that would nicely fit with actual Tarot history, in which the Italian Tarocchi game was followed by a French Tarot game succeeded by German-Austrian Tarock game. As everybody knows ... the prediction fulfilled. As not really everyone knows: the actual real Tarocchi development really took place this way.
Well, not a really great prediction ... it was done, when already the 4 finalists were clear, so actually there were only 8 possible results. However, we were inspired and looked at the final games for metaphysical moments. And this they had:
Let's see the German game against Portugal: The German Schweinsteiger shoot three goals in the game, an unusual hat-trick (though one of the goals was made with the help of a Portuguese player). Schweinsteiger is a young player. He's not directly somebody, who's always before the goal cause of its role in the game ... like Podolski or Klose in the German team. So that's really a little unusual.
Somehow it meant that youth has taken its place inside the team - part of the general long-time-strategy of the trainer Klinsmann.
Oliver Kahn made his last game ... a great figure. After longer quarrels about the German keeper in the preparation phase of the WM the trainer Klinsmann had prefered keeper Lehmann - after some reluctance Kahn accepted the second role. But for the last game for 3rd place, Lehmann offered his place to Kahn, a great gesture.
The game got a lot of sentiment cause it was the last game of Kahn.
In the game Figo, the famous Portuguese player, entered the game in a late period. Again - his last game. He was lucky and could prepare the Portuguese goal, changing the result from 3:0 to 3:1. This was good - everybody somehow loved to see, that he got it as a final present for his long career, and the "goal of honour" for the Portoguese was quite accepted.
Both - Kahn and Figo - got a good final for their career. Kahn told after the game, that a better finish he couldn't have gotten. Well, a game around a 3rd place can find much more easy to a general harmonious feeling. Everybody somehow happy and all a little bit sentimental about the passed time at the WM. And one shouldn't overlook: this game had a few more goals than usual, this gives a round, ball-like view on the world, just satisfaction. Everybody was relaxed.
Now Zidane, another "last-game-player" - but in the final of the WM, still under the stress to become a possible great winner of the year 2006.
Marco Materazzi caused the early penalty. ZinÚdine Zidane shoot it, against the crossbar, the ball jumped into the goal across the line, but jumped back again against the crossbar and then back into the field. How much goals have happened in this crazy way? Chance 1: 10.000? Twice touching the crossbar? Perhaps it happens more often, but ... And that in a very important final? And in the "last game" of a player? Just not an usual player, but Zidane, highly praised and a very central figure, somehow "Pele 2006"? A crazy accident indeed. Somehow metaphysical ... just announcing, something will happen this day.
Then Materazzi repaired his fault, 1:1. Just Materazzi, a defender.
The game passed, as everybody could see it. Not really a "very good game" (France-Brazil showed a better France team), but Italy made a poor impression, naturally staying dangerous as the viper as usual ... as this is their strategy, always prepared to shoot the necessary goal in the last minute, sparing the energies and letting the other - which make the general good impression for the public - run for nothing.
It was the 108. game of Zidane for France, 109th minute ... it looked again, as if it comes to the unavoidable (these goals are too small). 108, the number of Odysseus, when he became angry about all these foreign guests in his house.
France played well, but reached no goal. The French energies came to the end, where the Italians seemed to have been already half an hour ago ... but actually, it always looks, as if Italy spares its energies for the final moment ... just as it killed Germany in the last two minutes. The Hare and Tortoise game - that works so good, cause the goals are too small.
What did we see? Zidane, the glorious triumphator at the height and the end of his career, and Materazzi, the ... slave or beggar or the Fool at the chariot of the triumphator, who had to tell the triumphator, that he's not god, as it happened in the triumphal processions in old Rome? Well, likely Materazzi (surely unconscious about the rules of old Roman triumphal customs) said something different ... but Zidane became a bull and Materazzi the captured torero (but still it was "his" trick) ... and this was then not according the rules of soccer in the year 2006 and Zidane had to leave the place, spreading great confusion to all the great soccer world watching the game - with everybody feeling of having looked too deep in a strange great abyss in the soul of a great goal-getter.
Well ... then just the penalty finish. Any shooter was lucky (really not a good day for the goal-keepers) ... just one not. Just that one, who once shoot the "golden goal" PRO-France and CONTRA-Italy at the EM in the year 2000, David Trezeguet, who decided the final then, had the unlucky result to meet the same crossbar, that was with Zidane 2 hours earlier, but now the ball dropped 20 cm before the line and decided to stay outside .... ooops, ooops, what a day ... a really metaphysical crossbar.
Materazzi, nicknamed the Matrix, some days earlier somehow predicted revenge just for this E-final 2000 ... and made it somehow personally true. Nobody of us knows, if Materazzi used Tarot cards to do so, anyway, this was a lucky prediction or a metaphysical moment or whatever one prefers to call it.
But one thing should be pointed out: These goals are too small - that is perhaps the message of the metaphysical crossbar. Soccer ... especially during WM's ... has a frustrating element, which it already had during the WM in Italy 1990. 0:0, 1:0, 0:1, 1:1 ... are these soccer-results, which create fun and good feelings for onlookers and players? Already in 1990 it became unbearable and the FIFA decided to change some rules, which intended to give the attacking team more chances. And the development showed in 2006: The same frustrating results as in 1990, cause the 3-points-rule for victories doesn't help in a k.o.-system as it is installed in the WM.
Well, the size of the goals was manifested more than 100 years ago. People were then 10-15 cm smaller than nowadays. Soccer results of that time had enough goals, but nowadays? The goals are too small.
A frustrated Zidane, a French goal-getter, rammed his head into a victorious defender at the final of a great career as a soccer player. Is there a better picture for the momentary state of things, which is "these goals are simply too small"? A game needs necessarily its triumphal moments and I would say 5-6 of them in average in one game would be a garant for enough satisfaction, good feelings and some stuff to talk about - for players and onlookers. This would mean ... less Hooligan effects for instance, perhaps more beer-consume in neighbouring pubs and lucky family-fathers. This is predictable ... with Tarot cards or without.
Enlarge the goals - soccer strategies will naturally change from boring defensive tactics to interesting offensive play, as the chances for offensive soccer would have the better part of it. More attractive games will happen.
Change it: 15-20 cm in height, 50-100 cm in length. Goal-keepers might be frustrated, but others will enjoy. Trionfi.com, specialist for triumphal moments, guarantees more lucky soccer-players and onlookers, happy family-fathers, satisfied housewives, a great future of mankind with goals, goals, goals ....
Perhaps ZinÚdine Zidane, now condemned for his head-butting activity, might become the great symbol, that something should be changed in the rules of soccer. Running a long life for the ball with so few chances to get it there, where anybody says, that it should be and finally finding only some mockery of scrupolous defender.
Well, perhaps it will become obvious, that penalties are too deadly with bigger goals (well ... they were already too deadly before; what a responsibility for the poor man in black to decide if team A wins the complete game 1:0 or team B). One simply has to shoot from 16 meters, that's all.
All requested Tarot and Trionfi cards and metaphysical crossbars united in the recent days to tell all the same single sentence: Change soccer ... :-)