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 first Major League Baseball player to have his uniform number retired?

In short, the first Major League Baseball (MLB) player to have his uniform retired was Henry Louis ‘Lou’ Gehrig. A first baseman by trade, Gehrig signed for the New York Yankees on April 29, 1923 but, after just seven games, he was sent back down to Hartford Senators of the Eastern League for the remainder of the season. In fact, it was not until June 2, 1925, during an uncharacteristic slump in form, that he made his first start for the Yankees, replacing regular first baseman Wally Pipp.

Yankees manager Miller Huggins was evidently impressed and, before the next game, told Gehrig, ‘You’re my first baseman, today and from now on’. So he was, too, playing 2,130 consecutive games for the Yankees, thereby setting an MLB record that stood until September 6, 1995, when it was finally broken by Baltimore Orioles’ shortstop Calvin Ripken Jr..

Known as the ‘Iron Horse’ because of his dependability, endurance and no mean hitting ability, Gehrig recorded 185 runs batted in (RBI) in 1931 and 173 in both 1927 and 1930, to lie second and tied fifth in the all-time single-season list. He was also instrumental in the Yankees winning the World Series six times, in 1927, 1928, 1932, 1936, 1937 and 1938.

Gehrig played his last game for the New York Yankees on April 30, 1939, voluntarily withdrawing from the starting lineup two days later because of ill health. He was subsequently diagnosed with

amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as motor neuron disease (MND), which would claim his life two years later. On July 4, 1939, Gehrig delivered an emotional farewell speech at Yankee Stadium, in which he described himself as the ‘luckiest man on the face of the earth’. His uniform number, No. 4, which reflected his position in the Yankees’ batting order, was officially retired on the same day.

Which international scrum half won a silver medal at 2006 Commonwealth Games?

The international scrum-half who won a silver medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, in Melbourne, was Yorkshire-born Daniel ‘Danny’ Care. Care was named in the England Sevens core squad for the 2005/06 International Rugby Board (IRB) World Sevens Series and, subsequently, in Team England for the Commonwealth Games, which were officially declared open by Queen Elizabeth II on March 15, 2006.

At the Telstra Dome, Melbourne, Team England won all three Group C matches, against Cook Islands, Sri Lanka and Australia, beat Samoa 17-14 in the quarter-final and Fiji 21-14 in the semi-final, before succumbing 29-21 to New Zealand in the gold medal match. Care and his teammates collected silver medals, thereby becoming the first England players to win medals, of any description, in Rugby Sevens at the Commonwealth Games.

Having already made his mark on the international stage, Care made his senior international debut for a second-string England side against the Barbarians at Twickenham om June 1, 2008, coming on as a second-half replacement for Richard Wigglesworth. He made his Test debut against New Zealand at Eden Park, Auckland two weeks later, once again replacing Wigglesworth in the second half.

Thereafter, Care became a regular member of the England and went on to become one of the most-capped scrum-halves in the history of the national team, with a total of 87 caps. He made his last Test appearance in a 35-15 victory over Japan at Twickenham on November 17, 2018, scoring the opening try after just two minutes. However, over three years later, at the age of 35 – and thanks, in no small part, to his scintillating form for his club, Harlequins – Care was a surprise inclusion in the 36-strong England training squad for a ‘non-cap’ international against the Barbarians at Twickenham on June 19, 2022. Named on the bench on matchday, he replaced vice-captain Harry Randall during a 21-52 defeat by a 14-man Barbarians side.

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.