They have a thread like this in the Brazil forum. Naturally it's quite lively, because Brazil have played a few decent matches over the years , but I like to think we too can discuss the most beautiful, most inspiring, games the Azzurri have played over the years. They may be your personal favorites, or they may be games that, for you, defined the essence of Italian soccer. Mine, to start: 1. Italia - Nigeria WC '94 89 minutes of suffering at the hands of the acrobatic Nigerians. Zola red-carded; Maldini yellow-carded for a hugely illegal foul on a Nigerian forward who had broken away for a tu per tu (Maldini hooked his arm under the forward's, tugged hard, and both of them fell backward violently). Then Baggio equalized beautifully with a daisy-cutter. I can still remember the expression on his face as he ran off to celebrate: relieved, angry, full of adrenaline. In extra time we sealed it by drawing a pk from one of the hard-tackling Nigerian defenders. Baggio killed the game with a moral-rattling kick--it struck the very inside of the crossbar and swept in. A win by means of furbizia and skill. Beautiful. 2. Italia - Ollanda Euro 2000 One of my favorite games of all time. In Holland, in a stadium filled with orange-clad supporters, the Dutch team that had just crushed Jugoslavia 6-1 was outsmarted by the Italians. This was Nesta's best game of all time-- possibly the best example of pure defending in the history of Italian soccer. With 10 men the Azzurri braved every Dutch attack, nullified each wave of pressure, and even--toward the end of the game--created a few golden chances to seal it through Totti and Delvecchio. The best was the penalty shoot-out: Toldo was immense; Totti absolutely shattered the Dutch morale with a delicately chipped penalty that left all Azzurri supporters with their hearts in their mouths. A game to make one proud. Yours?