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SportUPDATE 2-Soccer-England's World Cup-winning keeper Banks dead at 81

13:25  12 february  2019
13:25  12 february  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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@ England ’ s World Cup winner was one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, and such a lovely, lovely Very sad news that 1966 World Cup winning keeper Gordon Banks has passed away. We are committed to protecting your personal information and we have updated our Privacy Policy to

England ' s World Cup winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks has died at the age of 81 . The legendary Brazilian's downward header was improbably tipped over the bar by Banks ' miraculous diving stop, leading to a lifelong friendship between two of the game's all-time greats, as well a wonderful on-field

UPDATE 2-Soccer-England's World Cup-winning keeper Banks dead at 81© ASSOCIATED PRESS Former English soccer international Gordon Banks stands on stage as he assists with the 2018 soccer World Cup draw in the Kremlin in Moscow, Friday Dec. 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko) STOKE-ON-TRENT, England, Feb 12 (Reuters) - Gordon Banks, the goalkeeper in England's 1966 World Cup-winning team, has died at the age of 81, his former club Stoke City said on Tuesday.

Banks won 73 caps for England between 1963 and 1972 and made nearly 200 appearances for Stoke before his playing career was brought to an end due to a car crash that cost him the sight in one eye.

He was widely regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers to have played the game and will be best remembered for the diving stop he made to deny Brazil's Pele at the 1970 World Cup, which later became known as the "save of the century".

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The England national football team has competed at the FIFA World Cup since 1950. The FIFA World Cup is the premier competitive international football tournament, first played in 1930, whose finals stage has been held every four years since, except 1942 and 1946, due to the Second World War.

Banks made a total of 73 appearances for England during his career, including every game of the victorious 1966 World Cup campaign. However, the save he produced to deny Pele four years later, during a group stage clash with Brazil, marked his defining moment on the international stage

"It is with great sadness that we announce that Gordon passed away peacefully overnight," Banks' family said in a statement posted on Stoke's official website https://www.stokecityfc.com/news/from-the-family-of-gordon-banks.

"We are devastated to lose him but we have so many happy memories and could not have been more proud of him."

Banks played every game in the 1966 World Cup including the 4-2 victory over West Germany in the final at Wembley -- the only time England has won the world title.

Four years later though, in Mexico, he produced one of the most outstanding saves in the history of the tournament in a group game between England and Brazil, which Brazil won 1-0.

Pele rose to head a cross from the byline by right-winger Jairzinho, thundering the header down towards Banks' right hand post.

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The 21 World Cup tournaments have been won by eight national teams. Brazil have won five times, and they are The other World Cup winners are Germany and Italy, with four titles each; Argentina, France and inaugural winner Uruguay, with two titles each; and England and Spain with one title each.

Whereas England were the defending champions and were not expected to contend very well against the men in After a miscued clearance, Maradona somehow beat English keeper Peter Shilton to the ball. At World Soccer we will update you with all the news related to the World Cup on our website.

The ball appeared to be past Banks but his agility and strength saw him get down and palm it high and wide to safety.

Pele travelled to Stoke 38 years later to unveil a statue to Banks and recalled the save.

"From the moment I headed it, I was sure it had gone in," he said.

"After I headed the ball, I had already began to jump to celebrate the goal. Then I looked back and I couldn't believe it hadn't gone in. I have scored more than a thousand goals in my life and the thing people always talk to me about is the one I didn't score," he said.

Banks recalled the moment modestly as a piece of good fortune.

"As soon as I got my hand to it, I thought it was going in the top corner," he said.

"But after I'd landed on the hard floor, I looked up and saw the ball bounce behind the net and that's when I said: Banksy, you lucky prat."

The Sheffield-born Banks began his career at Chesterfield in 1958 and moved to Leicester City the following year. He won his first England cap in 1963, four years before he joined Stoke.

Banks retired in 1973 following the car crash, aged only 33, but four years later he returned to play in the North American Soccer League with Fort Lauderdale Strikers.

The German Football Association (DFB) paid tribute to Banks on, saying on Twitter: "A fierce opponent and a good man. Rest in peace, Gordon Banks." (Reporting by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru; Editing by Sudipto Ganguly and Angus MacSwan)

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