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Gordon Banks

Written by Sebastien on 23 November 2012. Posted in World Cup Legends

Gordon Banks has been voted as the second best goalkeeper of the 20th century. Born in Sheffield, he started his career as a part-time footballer in Chesterfield before being transfered to Leicester City in 1959. In 1966, Banks participated for the first time in his career at a World Cup. England hosted the whole tournament and Gordon Banks was a really saviour for Englan's defence. He conceded only one (!) goal in the whole tournament, helping England to reach the final against West Germany. For the first (and the last till today) time in World Cup History, England won the World Cup Trophy.

In 1970, Gordon Banks participated for second time in a World Cup tournament as England defended their title. In the match against Brazil (England lost by 1-0) he made the "save of the century" as Pele's header looked almost a sure goal before Banks stop the ball. See what a difficult save Banks made:

 

 
Gordon Banks retired from football on August 1973, as a car accident cost him his vision from the right eye. Banks is surely one goalkeeping legend and of course the best goalkeeper England ever had.

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