Who are the three goalkeepers to have been sent off during the FIFA World Cup finals?

At the time of writing, Wales’ goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey has recently made headlines by becoming the first player to be sent off at the 2022 World Cup. With four minutes of normal time remaining in Wales’ third and final Group B match, against Iran, Hennessey raced from his goal line to clear a long, over-the-top ball. However, he missed the ball completely as onrushing Iranian striker Mehdi Taremi toe-poked past him and succeeded only in catching his opponent in the face with an unsightly, ‘kung-fu’ style kick, which knocked him to the ground. Referee Mario Toca, from Guatemala, initially gave Hennessey a yellow card but, following a video assistant referee (VAR) review, swiftly overturned his decision and gave Hennessey a red card for serious foul play instead.

The goalkeeper with the dubious distinction of being the first of his kind to be dismissed during the FIFA World Cup finals was Gianluca Pagliuca, of Italy, who received his marching orders at the 1994 World Cup in the United States. In a not dissimilar circumstances to Hennessey, almost halfway through the first half of Italy’s second Group E match, against Norway, Pagliuca dashed out to tackle Norwegian midfielder Oyvind Leonhardsen. In so doing, he was adjudged to have handled the ball outside the penalty area and was given a straight red card by German referee Hellmut Krug.

The only other goalkeeper to be sent off during the FIFA World Cup finals was Itumeleng Khune, of South Africa. Of course, the Rainbow Nation played host to the 2010 World Cup and Khune found fame, for the wrong reasons, in their second Group A match, against Uruguay. With his side trailing 1-0, after 76 minutes Khune was adjudged to have brought down Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez inside the penalty area and was given a straight red card, ‘for denying the opposing team a clear goal-scoring opportunity’, by Swiss referee Massimo Busacca.

Which national team won the first-ever FIFA World Cup tournament in 1930, and who was their captain?

The inaugural FIFA World Cup of 1930 witnessed an extraordinary triumph by the national team of Uruguay, as they seized the coveted title in a stunning display of football excellence. Leading the charge was the revered captain, José Nasazzi, whose undeniable leadership and defensive prowess proved instrumental in their historic achievement.

The climactic clash unfolded at the iconic Estadio Centenario in Montevideo, Uruguay, where an awe-inspiring crowd of over 93,000 fervent spectators gathered, brimming with anticipation for an epic showdown between Uruguay and their arch-rivals, Argentina. Against all odds, Uruguay defied expectations and etched their name in the history of sporting glory, securing a resounding 4-2 victory that resonated with the fervour of an emotional rollercoaster.

At the heart of Uruguay’s success stood José Nasazzi, a stalwart central defender whose commanding presence inspired his teammates to reach unparalleled heights. With his exceptional defensive acumen and commitment, Nasazzi fortified the team’s resolve, exemplifying the very essence of leadership on the grandest stage.

But Nasazzi’s impact extended beyond his defensive prowess. Such was his versatility and impact that he was recognised as the Best Goalkeeper of the tournament, a testament to his all-encompassing contributions and unrivalled adaptability. His heroics between the posts only added another layer of awe to his remarkable journey.

Uruguay’s triumph in the inaugural World Cup tournament reverberated far and wide, sending shockwaves through the global football landscape. Their conquest not only solidified their status as a dominant force but also transformed Uruguay into a revered hub of footballing excellence. The legacy of their extraordinary achievement continues to captivate hearts and minds, serving as an everlasting testament to the power of resilience, skill, and the unwavering spirit of a nation united under the banner of footballing glory.

Which two players won the FIFA World Cup while signed for Manchester City?

The first player to win the FIFA World Cup while signed for Manchester City was left-back Benjamin Mendy, who, more recently, has made headlines for all the wrong reasons due to his behaviour off the pitch. In August, 2022, Mendy stood trial for rape, attempted rape and sexual assault and, although partially acquitted, is due to stand retrial on two charges, on which the jury failed to reach a verdict, in June, 2023.

In happier times, Mendy made his senior debut for the French national team on March 25, 2017 in a qualifying match for the 2018 FIFA World Cup against Luxembourg at Stade Josy Barthel in Luxembourg City, which France won 3-1. On July 24, 2017, he was transferred from Monaco to Manchester City for £52 million, which, at the time, was a record fee for a defender. He was susbsequently named in the French 2018 World Cup-winning squad, but made just one appearance in the finals, replacing Lucas Hernandez after 50 minutes during a 0-0 draw with Denmark in the final Group D match at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

More recently, forward Julián Álvarez signed for Manchester City from River Plate on January 31, 2022, having made his senior debut for the Argentine national team in a World Cup qualifying match against Chile at Estadio Único Madre de Ciudades in Santiago del Estero, Argentina, which ended 1-1, on June 4, 2021. Unlike Mendy, Álvarez was an integral part of the World Cup-winning squad in Qatar in 2022. He scored in the final Group C match against Poland, which Argentina won 2-0, again in a last-16 match against Australia, which Argentina won 2-1, and twice in the semi-final against Croatia, which Argentina won 3-0.

Who was the only Leicester City player to win the FIFA World Cup?

The only Leicester City player to win the FIFA World Cup was the late, great Gordon Banks, who died on February 12, 2019 at the age of 81. Banks made his first team debut for the Foxes against Blackpool in Football League Division One at Filbert Street on September 9, 1959, following an injury to first-choice goalkeeper Johnny Anderson; when Anderson left to join Peterbrough United at the end of the 1959/60 season, he was promoted to principal custodian at the club. That he remained until March, 1967, making 295 league appearances for Leicester City, before being ousted, mercilessly, by 18-year-old Peter Shilton and transferred to Stoke City.

Of course, the previous summer, as the number one goalkeeper for the England team, under the subsequently-knighted Alf Ramsey, Banks played ever minute of every game in the 1966 FIFA World Cup. He kept clean sheets in all three Group 1 games, against Uruguay, Mexico and France and another against Argentina in the quarter-finals and conceded just one goal – a late penalty scored by legendary Portuguese striker Eusebio in the semi-final – on the way to the iconic final at Wembley Stadium.

On that fateful day, Saturday, July 30, 1996, Banks, and England, conceded their first goals from open play in the tournament; the first was scored by forward Helmut Haller, following a misplaced header by England left-back Ray Wilson, and the second by central defender Wolfgang Weber, after 89 minutes, to send the match into extra time. The rest, as they say, is history, but it is worth noting that, alongside team-mates George Cohen, Bobby Moore and Geoff Hurst, Banks was named in FIFA World Cup All-Star Team for the tournament.

Liverpool were losing 3-0 in a Champions League final but what year did it happen and how did they come back?

On that fateful day of May 25, 2005, Liverpool scripted an extraordinary tale in the storied history of football. Their path was paved with adversity, as they found themselves trailing 3-0 against AC Milan in the UEFA Champions League Final. Yet, against all odds, they summoned an indomitable spirit, orchestrating a mesmerising comeback that culminated in a thrilling 3-3 draw (3-2 on penalties). This triumph remains etched in the hearts of football enthusiasts worldwide as the Miracle of Istanbul.

As the match kicked off, calamity struck Liverpool within the blink of an eye. Paolo Maldini’s lightning-fast strike in the very first minute pierced their hopes, and Hernán Crespo mercilessly deepened their despair with two more goals in the 39th and 44th minutes. The halftime whistle blew, and the Reds seemed destined for an insurmountable defeat, their dreams teetering on the precipice.

But the second half breathed life into Liverpool’s aspirations. Ignited by an unyielding resolve, they roared back into contention. In the 54th minute, Steven Gerrard, the emblem of their fighting spirit, ignited a glimmer of hope with a resolute strike. The stadium erupted, imbued with belief. And within two minutes, Vladimír Šmicer further fueled the fiery resurgence, drawing them level with Milan.

The tide had turned, and the once-dominant Milan found themselves weathering an onslaught. In the 69th minute, Xabi Alonso etched his name in the hallowed tale, driving Liverpool ahead and imbuing their every action with a sense of destiny. A hero emerged amidst the chaos: goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek, whose acrobatics and miraculous saves denied Milan’s desperate attempts to equalise.

As the clock ticked toward the final whistle, the score remained locked at 3-3. Extra time beckoned, and both teams fought tooth and nail for a coveted victory. Yet, destiny deemed a stalemate, a testament to the extraordinary resilience showcased on that hallowed night.

Thus, fate’s final chapter unfolded in the form of a nerve-wracking penalty shootout. Amidst palpable tension, Liverpool’s warriors held their nerve, their collective will never faltering. With a triumphant 3-2 victory in the shootout, they etched their names in history, securing their fifth European Cup/UEFA Champions League title.