THE ITALIAN JOB
By ANN-MARIE MAY
ADAM Woods is prepared to pay anything to see Australia take on Italy in tomorrow's early morning sudden death match.
Speaking to the Coffs Coast Advocate from Germany the morning after the Socceroos' historic victory against Croatia took them to the second round of the World Cup, Adam was still revelling in the result. "This is an experience of a lifetime. The atmosphere over here is unbelieveable, I can't describe it," Adam said
The Coffs Harbour resident and Coffs United Lions player has been in Germany since the beginning of the World Cup with his fiance, coach of Coffs United Lions A-Grade Womens Jodi Worboys.
The pair, along with a number of other Coffs Coast locals, were lucky enough to snare tickets to two of Australia's group matches, but as yet haven't secured their entry into Kaiserslautern's Fritz-Walter-Stadion for tomorrow morning's all important match.
"We don't have tickets yet and it isn't going to be easy, but we are going to try very, very hard," Adam said.
"A friend of mine bought one before Australia got through and paid around 350 euros ($A560). We are looking at paying around $1500 to $2000 for the both of us to go.
"This is a once in a lifetime experience and I wouldn't forgive myself if I didn't try everything to be there. We will worry about the money when we get home."
Describing his time in Germany so far as 'insane', Adam isn't in a hurry to return home.
"I am having the best time. The Aussie fans have been great, there is green and gold everywhere you go ? it's amazing. Everyone is in good spirits and just happy to be here to cheer on the boys," he said.
"And the German people are fantastic. Everyone wants to help you, especially if you are Australian ? they love us.
"If we win against Italy I'll definitely be here for their next game. How could I not?"
n Coffs Coast residents can watch the Socceroos take on Italy on the big screen at the Coffs Hotel and Plantation Hotel. Kick off is at 1am.