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About Pierpaolo Filomeno

Pierpaolo Filomeno is an Italian student of foreign languages. An aspiring journalist, he’s been paying his dues in the hopes of moving up in the competitive media industry. Not even twenty years old, he’s already working his way up the ranks as a freelance contributor for webzines and academic journals, including the pan-European magazine cafebabel.com, the first multilingual European current affairs magazine offering daily coverage.

THE REVENGE?

Superstition is everywhere: Porcupine Leon bites into a pear with a Spanish flag at Chemnitz Zoo, July 6. The zoo's 'animal oracle' tips the winner for Germany's FIFA World Cup 2010 matches. Photo: Oliver Killig, picture alliance / © dpa

Superstition is everywhere: Porcupine Leon bites into a pear with a Spanish flag at Chemnitz Zoo, July 6. The zoo's 'animal oracle' tips the winner for Germany's FIFA World Cup 2010 matches. Photo: Oliver Killig, picture alliance / © dpa

One thing is certain: This year at least one team will have its revenge against the proverbial bad luck.

Many teams have this, but Spain, Holland and Germany most represent the classic teams that play “the beautiful game”, that merit the title, but yet don’t win it. But don’t forget – there is also an outsider here in Uruguay in this magnificent quartet.

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The raft of the Médusa. A French wreck.

Jean Louis Théodore Géricault, "The raft of the Medusa", (cc) wiki commons.

Jean Louis Théodore Géricault, "The raft of the Medusa", (cc) wiki commons.

France finished its World Cup ambitions. This fact, and especially the way it happened, was received – especially by my countrymen – with happiness and derision. But as a Francophile, I couldn’t do this. Indeed, this provoked me to want to restore dignity to the national team of the country which will host me in September, especially since there was criticism and mockery from all sides (Equipe.fr said, “This World cup will be remembered for two things: the championship team and the absurdity of the French.”)

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Italy, what is going on?

Italian National Team Coach Marcello Lippi with his typical grimace, Photo: © Vincenzo Sassu

Italian National Team Coach Marcello Lippi with his typical grimace, Photo: © Vincenzo Sassu

Did you know that the Italian national football team is viewed more positively abroad than at home this year? This is evident in the earlier post by fellow Young Germany World Cup Blogger Philip, an enthusiastic and confident believer in an Italy “double-double”.

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Meet the World Cup bloggers: Pierpaolo Filomeno

Pierpaolo Filomeno

Pierpaolo Filomeno

Pierpaolo Filomeno is an Italian student of foreign languages. An aspiring journalist, he’s been paying his dues in the hopes of moving up in the competitive media industry. Not even twenty years old, he’s already working his way up the ranks as a freelance contributor for webzines and academic journals, including the pan-European magazine cafebabel.com, the first multilingual European current affairs magazine offering daily coverage.

Last April Pierpaolo took part in the International Journalism Festival held in Perugia, Italy. The centrally-located city is home to the University of Perugia and the Foreigners’ University (Università per Stranieri) which serves as an academic center for Italian international students of Italian language and culture. Next year, the Italian is set to study in Paris under the Erasmus European Union student exchange program established in 1987. He’s already feeling that fondness for everything foreign, particularly all things French.

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