This week’s roundup also includes Wimbledon classics, competitive tags and the luckiest golf shots ever
1) It’s France v Croatia in Sunday’s World Cup final, so let’s take a look back at previous editions – starting with the most disappointing final of all. Brazil v Italy, at the Pasadena Rose Bowl in 1994. Maybe fast forward to the end. Italia 90’s showcase wasn’t much better. Much, much better came four years earlier in the Azteca Stadium; Diego Maradona’s pass for Jorge Burruchaga’s Argentina winner is sublime. Perhaps the greatest team performance in a final came in that same stadium in 1970 – Brazil, Pelé, Rivellino, Jairzinho, Gerson, Clodoaldo and, for the coup de grace, Carlos Alberto. The biggest shock came when West Germany beat Hungary in 1954, the “Miracle of Bern”. The most ultra-violent? Try 2006 and Zinedine Zidane’s headbutt.
2) The weekend will also see the men’s and women’s finals at Wimbledon. Difficult not to start our look back anywhere else but Borg v McEnroe in 1980. From the same era, Navratilova v Evert was the great rivalry in the women’s singles. A forgotten men’s final? How about Richard Krajicek vs MaliVai Washington from 1996? And if you have a spare six hours, you can watch the Federer v Nadal epic from 2008 in full. Goran Ivanisevic’s win over Pat Rafter in 2001 was pretty decent, too. One year later, Serena Williams beat Venus for her first singles title at SW19. One from the deep archive here: Maria Bueno, who died last month, wins the 1959 title.
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