The Italian Almanac

are you sure they are not happy?

Italian News - June 14

Italian women suffer World Cup fever like their men - but it's the wrong kind. Rather than raising the roof in joy they hit the roof in anger. Interviewing 1,000 women between the ages of 25 and 60, the Spondex research agency found that a third regarded the World Cup as "a nightmare". A quarter said they expected their relationships to suffer "frustration or even breakdown".

Some 14% said the tournament was "a pain" while only 12%, contrary to expectations, thought the experience of enjoying matches together might improve their relationships. Almost one third, 28%, complained of having more housework to do, 10% said they felt "abandoned" and 24% said the only good thing about the event was that they could spend more time with their own friends.

Their partners change for the worse during the tournament, most respondents said. Some 32% become "short-tempered and disagreeable," 24% "dirty and untidy" and 18% "unavailable or impossible to track down".

One of the biggest bugbears is when their mate has his mates over to watch a game, the women said. This results in having to deal with "domestic chaos and a mountain of rubbish," three quarters of respondents said. Half of the women quizzed are worried the invading hordes will damage furniture and ornaments while 32% don't like the swearing and locker-room humour that goes on during the games.