Tags: World Cup (Soccer)

Gordon Banks, Goalkeeper Who Made a Famous Save, Is Dead at 81

Gordon Banks, the English goalkeeper known for blocking a header from Pelé that many consider to be the greatest save in soccer history, died on Tuesday. He was 81. The English soccer club Stoke, one of Banks’s former teams, posted a statement by his family on Twitter announcing the death. The statement did not say…

Players in Any ‘Breakaway’ League Would Be Barred From World Cup, FIFA Says

LONDON — Imagine a World Cup without Neymar, Kylian Mbappé, Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo. In other words, soccer’s premier tournament shorn of its biggest stars. Such an unthinkable idea is being openly discussed among the sport’s highest authorities, according to leaks of behind-the-scenes discussions involving some of soccer’s leading clubs. The discussions have included…