Gordon Banks was an imposing figure on the football field. A perhaps stereo-typically British in appearance, with large ears and a distinctive upper jaw. But with his longer dark hair, the counterattack, the goalkeeper checkered to its active time, the image of the typical Englishman. At the beginning of the career of the tough guy held still without the gloves, not uncommon at the time. It was the late Sixties and the early seventies, in those Banks in the largest high-phase of the English national team was active. Nicknamed "Banks of England", have you missed the man with the quick reflexes.
This is the title he had earned, as well as the world title in 1966. In the final of Wembley, he was the safe restraint of his team in the 4:2 against the Germans, in the light of the discussions of the "Wembley goal" in this country, often in the Background.
There are many great parades of the man from Stoke. But above all, this incredible Parade against Pele in the 1970 world Cup. The engaging head to the ball from the Brazilian Superstars, he drew yet somehow over the gate, the crowd had been cheering – it was the Parade of the decade. The English documents in the preliminary round game 0:1. And in the 2:3 against Germany, lost the quarter-final against Germany, Banks had bad luck: he was sick and could not accrue. Nevertheless, it was also at this world Cup in Mexico as the best goalkeeper of the tournament.
He has been named six Times by the world Association Fifa goalkeeper of the year and also to the Russian, Lev Yashin as the second best goalkeeper of the century awards. For England Banks, 73, played Once, first class, he was between 1958 and 1973 in England active.
in 1972, he lost in the accident, the vision in one eye
his career was accompanied by some setbacks. Only a year after the world Cup Triumph of Wembley, his club Leicester City pushed him to Stoke City, for 50
Banks also lost in the accident, the vision in one eye. It was enough to make the career in the United States end, of the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, the club, the employees, at the time, Gerd Müller.
But the statistics, the man from the Midlands in Central England. Gordon Banks was out of his game style a little revolutionary, it made the game faster. His Raids forward were quite nimble, even before the Parade, he seemed to have the free-standing man in the head. Since he had rarely valuable time to elapse, instead of partying, he cranked rather the game forward. With his 1.85 meters, he was grown in addition, for the time is relatively large, he was able to use his legs quite well, even when blocking shots. And, as a man from the Midlands, he was a man with a sense of Humor. On the save against Pele at the 1970 world Cup Gordon Banks said: "The Parade to Pele's Header was the best I have ever made. I was not clear, of course, as famous as the scene should be. To be honest: I didn't realized that I've made this Parade at all.“
Pele, he said, since 1970, often, and he always smiles hugs and. On Tuesday Gordon Banks has died at the age of 81 years.