But the euphoria of Italy’s dramatic penalty shootout victory over France on July 9 was not over yet, not at least in Malaysia.
To mark his country’s success in the World Cup, Italian Ambassador to Malaysia Anacleto Felicani and his wife, Maria Ines, hosted a belated cocktail-cum-dinner celebration at their residence in Jalan Penggawa, Ampang, recently.
Guests were treated not just to food and drinks in the cosy ambience of the ambassador’s residence.
The main attraction was a full-size “golden” replica of the World Cup trophy, which was placed on a table in the living hall.
Felicani, “mobbed” by his friends, replayed scenes of Italian skipper Fabio Cannavaro hoisting aloft the trophy jubilantly in Berlin.
Asked where he had sourced the “World Cup” from, the envoy preferred to keep the details to himself.
“All I can say is that it was bought in Penang. So you see, it is a Malaysian World Cup!’’ he quipped.
Guests were asked to come dressed in “anything Azzuri”, and many dressed in the Italian national jersey colour of blue.
The Felicanis led the way with their attire, with the ambassador even pinning four tiny stars to signify Italy’s four World Cup triumphs.
Among those who stood out was Buzz Media event director Tengku Loreta Tengku Ramli, who had her toenails painted in Italian colours.
“I was in Germany to watch the third placing match between Germany and Portugal and the atmosphere was simply fantastic. It was great to experience the excitement,” she added.
The Felicanis had another surprise – they brought out a cake to celebrate the birthday of Mrs Malaysia World 2005 Datin Anna Lin, who was among the guests.
The other guests included Mexican Ambassador Alfredo Perez-Bravo, Damansara Fertility Centre group administrative director Wenddi-Anne Chong and Teresa Chew of Teresa Chew International (M) Sdn Bhd.
The absence of French Ambassador Alain du Boispean was felt but this was no dampener on the evening.
“We invited him but he was unable to make it,” said Felicani.