West German goalkeeper Harald Schumacher clashes with French defender Patrick Battiston during the World Cup semi-final in 1982. File photograph: Getty Images

The thing about sport is that when you first become besotted with it as a chiseler, you’re under the mistaken impression that it’s life perfected, tha(...)

When Marco Tardelli put Italy 2-0 up against West Germany with just 21 minutes left to play in the 1982 World Cup Final, he broke into a semi-ci(...)

 Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy with the Claret Jug after winning the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake.  Photo:  Owen Humphreys/PA

Having spent over 40 years logging the failures of dead certs and sure things, Vinny Fitzpatrick felt he’d become immune to sport’s capacity to spring(...)

 Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer of Germany saves a shot from France’s Karim Benzema of France during their World Cup quarter-final  at Estadio do Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photograph:   Marcus Brandt/EPA

In second-half injury time during the France-Germany quarter-final last Friday, Karim Benzema broke free on the left of the German penalty area. My(...)

Good job . . . Germany’s Miroslav Klose is congratulated by coach Joachim Löw after their victory over France at the Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

Whenever Joachim Löw is asked at a press conference about some episode from the past, he answers that his Germany team pays no attention to history(...)