1) The former Germany and Bayern Munich forward Gerd Müller died last weekend at the age of 75, prompting an outpouring of admiration for a player considered to be one of the best goalscorers of all time.
Here’s an interesting clip from the AP Archive from Müller’s unveiling at Fort Lauderdale Strikers in March 1979 – the great man generally looks less than thrilled to be there. In 1974, “Der Bomber” scored the winning goal in a World Cup final and two in the European Cup final for Bayern. Last season, Robert Lewandowski surpassed Müller’s record of 40 goals in a Bundesliga campaign. There’s a comparison between the two here, and here is our video obituary.
2) It’s Leeds United v Everton this weekend, a fixture that boasts plenty of classic clashes from the annals of history. Here’s a remarkable 4-4 draw at Goodison Park from the 1999-00 season, featuring a double from the lesser-spotted Michael Bridges and a late equaliser by Everton’s David Weir. Here’s David Moyes’s Everton putting Leeds to the sword in 2003, with a hat-trick by Steve Watson and a goal from Big Duncan Ferguson.
3) It’s 68 years to the day since England clinched the 1953 Ashes at the Oval, thus ending an interminable 27-year wait for a series victory at home. Four draws in the first four Tests saw the fifth and final match extended to six days to guarantee a result. On the consistently enthralling British Pathé YouTube channel, you can watch a report from the final day.
4) On this day in 1993, Sally Gunnell won the 400m hurdles at the world athletics championships in Stuttgart, setting a new world record as she did so. Sandra Farmer-Patrick of the USA, who was pipped by Gunnell on the line, beat the previous world record herself. Just for good measure, here’s Gunnell winning gold at the Olympics a year earlier, in Barcelona.
5) After tumbling down a row or two to snaffle a big hit at the Hundred, this cricket fan at Headlingley manages to catch his mobile phone from dropping out of his pocket before chinning the rest of his pint. All inside about five seconds.
6) Another anniversary: it’s 121 years since cricket’s first and only appearance at the Olympics. Unfortunately the cameras didn’t capture the action at Vélodrome de Vincennes at the 1900 Games, but here’s a video feature on the Olympics official channel all about forgotten events.
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1) Valentino Rossi announced his intention to retire recently and as germit pointed out, he is due some love in our roundups. Here is the MotoGP legend infamously clashing with Marc Márquez. In 2009, Rossi pulled off a famous last-corner overtaking move to defeat his teammate, Jorge Lorenzo. Here are 10 of the Italian’s best moments with the Yamaha team.
2) George Best at Fulham, playing alongside Rodney Marsh and Bobby Moore. Ooof!
3) Yankees v Red Sox. Field of Dreams. Kevin Costner. And you couldn’t have scripted a better game. A two-run walk off homer to snatch the game by one run in a 17-run thriller. Cue tears and dropped jaws all round.