By: Steve Douglas and Rob Harris, AP Sports WritersLONDON (AP) — Gordon Banks, the World Cup-winning England goalkeeper who was also known for blocking a header from Pele that many consider to be the greatest save in soccer history, has died. He was 81.English soccer club Stoke, one of Banks’ former teams, posted a statement from his family on Twitter on Tuesday.“It is with great sadness that we announce that Gordon passed away peacefully overnight,” the statement on Twitter said. “We are devastated to lose him but we have so many happy memories and could not have been more proud of him.”No cause of death was given.Known for his reflexes, Banks was one of English soccer’s most revered players after helping the team win the 1966 World Cup on home soil. He conceded only one goal in five games before England beat West Germany 4-2 in the final at Wembley Stadium.Banks is the fourth member of the starting lineup to die, following captain Bobby Moore, Alan Ball and Ray Wilson.“Gordon was a fantastic goalkeeper and I was proud to call him a team-mate,” former England teammate Bobby Charlton said on the Manchester United Twitter account. “He will be deeply missed.”At the next World Cup in Mexico in 1970, Banks scurried across his line and dived to his right to stop a downward header from Pele.“The ground was hard so I thought I should get off my line,” Banks recalled to the BBC in 2017, “and as I dived I had to anticipate how high it was going to bounce. I got a hand to it. The ball actually hit the top of my hand and looked as though it was going into the top of the net.”But Banks managed to scoop the low ball over the crossbar with his right hand.“As I hit the floor I saw that the ball had missed the goal,” Banks said. “At first I thought, ‘You lucky so-and-so,’ but then I realized it has been a bit special.”Pele recalled he was already shouting “Goal” when he headed the ball.“Like a salmon leaping up a waterfall, he threw himself to tip the ball over the crossbar,” Pele was quoted as saying . “It was an impossible play.”FILE – In this Thursday March 4, 2004 file photo Brazilian soccer legend Pele, right, presents former England goalkeeper Gordon Banks with a photograph showing Banks saving a header from Pele in the 1970 World Cup, at a press conference in London, to mark FIFA’s 100 year anniversary. English soccer club Stoke said Tuesday Feb. 12, 2019 that World Cup-winning England goalkeeper Gordon Banks has died at 81. (AP Photo/Max Nash, File)The England team Twitter account on Tuesday posted a video of what is often called the “save of the century.”“An all-time great for England,” current England coach Gareth Southgate said.Brazil, however, eventually won that group game 1-0 and then went on to win its third World Cup title.FIFA also praised Banks by using the clip from 1970, tweeting from its World Cup Twitter account. Banks helped to draw the teams for the 2018 World Cup, attending a ceremony the previous year at the Kremlin in Moscow.“As one of the finest goalkeepers in football history, Gordon will not only be remembered for his performances on the pitch but also as a champion and gentleman off the pitch,” FIFA President Gianni Infantino said.Banks, who was named FIFA goalkeeper of the year six times and made 73 appearances for England, was forced to retire in 1972, at the age of 35, after losing the sight in his right eye in a car accident. He lost one of his kidneys to cancer in 2005 and revealed in 2015 that he was facing another battle against cancer. FILE – In this July 30, 1966 file photo England’s soccer team captain Bobby Moore, is carried shoulder high by his team mates holding World Cup on July 30, 1966. England defeated West Germany 4-2 in the final, played at London’s Wembley Stadium. From left to right, goalkeeper Gordon Banks, Alan Ball, Roger Hunt, Geoff Hurst, Moore, Ray Wilson, George Cohen and Bobby Charlton. English soccer club Stoke said Tuesday Feb. 12, 2019 that World Cup-winning England goalkeeper Gordon Banks has died at 81. (AP Photo/Bippa, File)“If I could make a save like the one against Pele, while playing against the greatest in the world, then I will be able to battle through this health problem,” Banks said then.“Banksie,” as he was known, was already in his 20s when he started his club career by making his debut for Chesterfield before spells with Leicester (1959-67) and Stoke (1967-73) in the top division of English soccer. He won the League Cup with Leicester and Stoke.TweetPinShare0 Shares
The Galaxy A7 (2018) and Galaxy A9 (2018) phones from Samsung this year are proof that the company is changing its direction with its mid-range Galaxy A-series and wants to bring something new and unique to the table to help them stand out in an extremely competitive segment. Both the Galaxy A7 and Galaxy A9 are the first Samsung phones to sport triple and quad cameras, respectively. Whether the cameras are something spectacular or not is a whole different argument, but these phones have managed to catch our attention which is what Samsung is looking for.The Galaxy A7 (Review) is cheaper compared to the Galaxy A9, and there are a lot of features that set these phones apart such as the number of cameras and hardware. However, the Galaxy A7 and Galaxy A9 also share a lot in common in terms of design philosophy and camera sensors. Yes, the cameras on both the phones are mostly identical and we will get to that in a bit. For now, let’s first talk about the price.Galaxy A9 vs Galaxy A7: PriceThe Galaxy A7 (2018) is available in India starting at Rs 23,990 for the 4GB + 64GB variant and goes up to Rs 28,990 for the 6GB +128GB model. Meanwhile, the Galaxy A9 (2018) has been priced at Rs 36,990 for the base model with 6GB + 128GB configuration and Rs 39,990 for the top-end variant with 8GB RAM. The Galaxy A7 is already on sale, while the Galaxy A9 will go on sale starting November 28. We take a look at some of the similarities and differences between the two phone to help you decide which one is worth your money.advertisementGalaxy A9 vs Galaxy A7: Design and displayBoth the Galaxy A9 and Galaxy A7 are designed to appeal to a younger audience. They come with a glass and metal combination to offer a more premium look. The rear panel on the Galaxy A7 (2018) comes with a 2.5D glass while the A9 gets a 3D glass protection. The most notable difference here is that the Galaxy A7 offers a side fingerprint sensor embedded in the power button while the Galaxy A9 gets a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. Samsung Galaxy A9Another aesthetic difference is that the Galaxy A9 comes with gradient colours on the back in colours called Bubblegum Pink and Lemonade Blue. It’s definitely more loud and funky compared to the subtle plain colours of the Galaxy A7 that is offered in Blue, Black and Gold colours.The Galaxy A9 also gets a bigger 6.3-inch FHD+ (1080×2160) Super AMOLED display while the Galaxy A7 sports a 6.0-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display. Both the displays will offer the same bright and vivid colours that we have come to expect from the company’s OLED panels. These displays will provide an immersive and vibrant viewing experience, but the Galaxy A9 does get an edge by offering a slightly bigger screen.Galaxy A9 vs Galaxy A7: CamerasThe new Galaxy A7 and Galaxy A9 are really all about their cameras. They are Samsung’s first triple camera and quad-camera phone, respectively, and they are so because Samsung wants to make its Galaxy A line more attractive for consumers to help boost sales. The sensors on the phones are more or less similar to each other. Samsung’s aim is to offer a variety of modes for consumers to switch between to capture thatThe Galaxy A7’s triple camera system includes an 8MP 120-degrees ultra wide-angle lens with f/2.4 aperture, a 24MP sensor with f/1.7 aperture and a 5MP depth sensor with f/2.2 aperture. Each of these lenses come with a specific use case such as wide-angle captures and bokeh effects that the consumer can easily switch between. Samsung Galaxy A7The Galaxy A9 gets four rear cameras, three of which a similar to the Galaxy A7. It also gets a 24MP main sensor with f/1.7 aperture, an 8MP 120-degree ultra wide-angle lens with f/2.4 aperture, and a 5MP depth sensor. The addition here is a 10MP telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom. The zoom lens will allow for more detailed cropped photos compared to the Galaxy A7, at least on paper.Galaxy A9 vs Galaxy A7: SpecsAs far as hardware goes, the Galaxy A9 and A7 are quite different. The Galaxy A9 is definitely the more powerful of the two phones as it comes with a top-tier 2.2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 660 chipset coupled with up to 8GB of RAM. The Galaxy A7, on the other hand, gets a 2.2GHz octa-core Exynos 7885 chipset that’s coupled with up to 6GB of RAM. Both the processors are in the mid-range segment, but the Snapdragon 660 is notably a more powerful processor and the 8GB RAM model should mean better multitasking performance on the Galaxy A9 as well.advertisementThe Galaxy A9 also houses a bigger 3,800mAh battery as compared to the Galaxy A7 that ships with a 3,300mAh capacity. Notably, the A9 also supports fast charging which cannot be said for the A7. Both the phones ship with Android Oreo with Samsung Experience UI on top.Galaxy A9 vs Galaxy A7: Which one should you buy?The Galaxy A9 is clearly the more specced out model between the two, so it’s the one to go for if you’re looking for the kind of raw power that the SD660 can deliver and that appealing gradient look. The Galaxy A7 is a more economical decision as it cost over Rs 10,000 cheaper. It gets a capable processor and a vivid AMOLED display. But the battery life of the Galaxy A7 is questionable and in comparison the Galaxy A9 should offer a better battery life as it gets a bigger capacity, but we can only say that for sure after an in-depth review of the device.ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy A7 review: Three cameras but wide-angle lens is all that mattersYou will likely be wondering whether the additional telephoto lens on the Galaxy A9 makes a lot of difference. Firstly, three of the cameras on both the Galaxy A7 and A9 are similar, so you’re likely to see similar bokeh shots and wide-angle captures on both. The extra zoom lens on the Galaxy A9 will give it a slight edge over the Galaxy A7 when capturing with 2x zoom or macro shots. The extra lens will offer more options and modes for you to play around with if you’re really into photography.