It’s the consolation match between Brazil and Netherlands, starting at 2 p.m. Chicago time. Remember that tomorrow’s final starts an hour later: 3 p.m. Chicago time (4 p.m. Eastern).
I will venture a guess this time: Netherlands 1-0. Readers should also put their predictions below. Tomorrow, of course, the victor will be determined (hopefully by 6 p.m. Chicago time), and the prize will be awarded Monday.
For your delectation, here’s the team that football announcer Seamus Malin considered the greatest he’d ever seen. As I posted a while back when interviewing Seamus in 2012, he gave this opinion:
Best team ever: The Brazil national team in 1970, which beat Italy 4-1 in the World Cup final. Seamus considers this the benchmark for any cup final game. This video shows some highlights of Brazil’s World Cup performance.
And the video, back from when Brazil was stupendously good (the game was in Mexico City):
(ignore the old but good Michael Jackson tune)
There is, of course a Wikipedia entry on this game:
With this third win after their 1958 and 1962 World Cup victories, Brazil became the world’s most successful national football team at that time, surpassing both Italy and Uruguay, who each had two championships. The third title earned Brazil the right to retain the Jules Rimet Trophy permanently.(However, it was stolen in 1983 while on display in Rio de Janeiro and never recovered.) Brazilian coach Mário Zagallo was the first footballer to become World Cup champion as a player (1958, 1962) and a coach, and Pelé ended his World Cup playing career as the first (and so far only) three-time winner.