HERO AND VILIAM

FourFourTwo - - UPFRONT - Matt Lid­dle, via email

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.

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