Argentina vs. West Germany
We get criticized for not writing about soccer. So here’s a classic World Cup finals rematch (1986-90), plus we get to use the phrase “West Germany,” which went out of business shortly after the 1990 final and became plain old Germany again. Argentina won the 1986 World Cup thanks to the tournament play of Diego Maradona (not to be confused with Madonna or Diego Segui), who was injured and limited to a peripheral role in the 3-2 final victory over West Germany in the final at Mexico City. The 1990 World Cup took place in Italy amid the collapse of the Soviet Eastern Bloc and less than a year after the fall of the Berlin Wall. In that tournament, considered by many to be one of the worst ever, West Germany won its finals rematch against crowd-favorite Argentina 1-0 as Maradona’s became a virtual non-factor and Germany’s Franz Beckenbauer became the first person ever to captain and coach a World Cup champion team at the same time. Soccer. Check.