The view from Germany

Getting a handle on handball

March 16, 2013
By Uli Hesse
There were 44 minutes and 33 seconds on the clock when Mario Kempes lost his marker, Dominique Bathenay, with a nice move near the centre circle. These days, the next opponent would have been just a few steps away, but in 1978 losing your marker meant you now had a lot of space opening up in front of you.

Kempes made the most of it. He surged through midfield until four French defenders moved up on him to stop his run some 25 yards in front of goal. Kempes turned one of them, Henri Michel, ...

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