My favourite sports documentary – Fifa’s Match 64: The Inside Story of the 2010 Final

Our series of personally chosen films continues with chief sport writer Miguel Delaney’s selection of a film with a very personal association: Fifa’s film of the first World Cup final he ever attended, back in 2010 in South Africa. He’s not claiming to have been a neutral…

John Heitinga of Netherlands and David Villa of Spain at the 2010 Fifa World Cup Final
John Heitinga of Netherlands and David Villa of Spain at the 2010 Fifa World Cup Final

If there is no feeling on a football pitch like scoring the winning goal in a World Cup final, there are few off it like the atmosphere of anticipation before such a game.

There’s just a crackle to the air, an exhilarating awareness that something that will go down in history is happening.

It was a feeling best articulated by Hugh McIlvanney, in his piece on that most cherished of finals, the 1970 showpiece in the Azteca.

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