HERO AND VILIAM
I loved your World Cup of World Cups feature [FFT 288], although I couldn’t help but feel sorry for several of the goalkeepers who have played in the competition over the years. Blaming Oliver Kahn for Germany’s defeat to Brazil in the 2002 showpiece – when Germany failed to score – was harsh in my opinion, considering how well he had played throughout the finals. However, the one that really bothered me was your criticism of poor Viliam Schrojf, the Czechoslovak keeper from 1962. You say that the 1962 final was ‘distinguished by the incompetence of keeper Schrojf’, yet nowhere is it stated that he was voted the best goalkeeper of the tournament. Unfortunately, it seems to be the case that goalkeepers really are only remembered for their mistakes. I hope the 2018 World Cup is won by a moment of genius and not one of calamity.