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George Weah
Personal information
Full name George Tawlon Manneh Oppong Ousman Weah
Date of birth 1 October 1966 (1966-10-01) (age 43)
Place of birth    Monrovia, Liberia
Height 1.84 m (6 ft +12 in)
Playing position Forward
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1981–1984
1984–1985
1985–1986
1986–1987
1987
1987–1988
1988–1992
1992–1995
1995–2000
2000
2000
2000–2001
2001–2003
Young Survivors Clareton
Bongrange Company
Mighty Barolle
Invincible Eleven
Africa Sports
Tonnerre Yaoundé
AS Monaco
Paris Saint-Germain
A.C. Milan
Chelsea (loan)
Manchester City
Olympique Marseille
Al-Jazira
0? 0(?)
0? 0(?)
025 0(18)
026 0(21)
010 0(10)
028 0(20)
102 0(67)
096 0(42)
114 0(60)
011 00(4)
007 00(1)
019 00(5)
008 0(13)   
National team
1988–2002 Liberia 060 0(22)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 13:42, 8 December 2007 (UTC).
* Appearances (Goals)

George Tawlon Manneh Oppong Ousman Weah (born 1 October 1966 in Monrovia[1]) is a Liberian politician and former football forward. He spent 14 years of his professional football career playing for clubs in France, Italy, and England, winning titles in two of the three countries. In 1995, he was named FIFA World Player of the Year, European Footballer of the Year, and African Footballer of the Year. Weah has since become a humanitarian and politician in Liberia, and ran unsuccessfully in the 2005 Liberian presidential election, losing to Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf in the second round of voting. Weah is the only FIFA World Player of the Year who failed to qualify for FIFA World Cup with his national team.

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Personal life

George Weah was born and raised in the Clara Town slum of Monrovia. He is a member of the Kru ethnic group,[2] which hails from south-eastern Liberia's Grand Kru County, one of the poorest areas of the country. His parents were William T. Weah, Sr. and Anna Quayeweah. He was raised largely by his paternal grandmother, Emma Klonjlaleh Brown. He attended middle school at Muslim Congress and high school at Wells Hairston High School. Before his football career allowed him to move abroad, Weah worked for the Liberia Telecommunications Corporation as a switchboard technician.

George Weah converted from Christianity to Islam but later reverted back after having spent ten years as a Muslim. He hopes for peace for Muslims and Christians, and says they are "one people."[3]

He is married to Clar Weah, a Jamaican who resides in America. George Weah is the father of four children: George Jr., Martha, Timothy George, and Jessica, who was adopted from Jamaica. His son, George Weah Jr. once played for the US U-20 team, with his close friend Freddy Adu. He is also good friends with Joshua Smith. Weah Jr. played for the AC Milan Primavera team in the 2005-06 season. He was given a trial at Slavia Prague, but the club decided not to sign him.[4] His younger brother Clarence, plays for an amateur mens' team. St. Paul Twin Stars, in the United States.

Football career

At the pinnacle of success, Weah moved to Europe in 1988 when he was signed by Arsène Wenger,[5] the manager of Monaco, who Weah credits as an important influence on his career.[6] At Monaco, Weah was a member of the team that won the French Cup in 1991. In the 1990s Weah subsequently played for Paris Saint Germain (1992–95), with whom he won the French league in 1994; and AC Milan (1995–1999), with whom he won the Italian league in 1996 and 1999, and became the top scorer of the UEFA Champions League 1994–95. In 1995 he was named European Footballer of the Year and FIFA World Player of the Year. After leaving Milan in January 2000 Weah moved to Chelsea, Manchester City and Olympique Marseille in quick succession, before leaving Marseille in May 2001 for Al Jazira FC, in the United Arab Emirates. Weah's time in England was deemed a success, especially at Chelsea where he instantly endeared himself to their fans by scoring the winner against rivals Tottenham Hotpsur on his debut,[7] and scored further league goals against Wimbledon[8] and Liverpool.[9] He also scored twice in Chelsea's victorious 1999/2000 FA Cup campaign, netting crucial goals against Leicester City[10] and Gillingham.[11] This led to him starting in the final, which Chelsea won 1-0. At Manchester City he scored once in the league against Liverpool again,[12] and three times against Gillingham again, this time in the League Cup, once in the first leg[13] and twice in the second.[14]

As successful as he was at club level, Weah was not able to bring over that success to the Liberian national team. He has done everything with the squad from playing to coaching to financing it, but failed to qualify for a single World Cup, falling just a point short in qualifying for the 2002 tournament. This has all led to Weah being known as one of the best footballers never to have played in a World Cup.

World Fifa Player 1995

Weah was named world Fifa for 1995, becoming the only African player to win the award. He was the fifth recipient of the award. The Silver trophy was won by Paolo Maldini, and the Bronze by Jürgen Klinsmann. The other four recipients were: Lothar Matthaus '91, Marco Van Basten '92, Roberto Baggio '93, and Romario in '94. Weah also won the silver trophy the following year which was won by Brazilian striker Ronaldo.

African Player of the Year 1989, 1994 and 1995

Weah won the African player of the year in 1989 when he was with AS Monaco and 1995 with AC Milan. That year he won almost every award a footballer could win. When he won the award in 1989, it was his first major award and he took it back home for the entire country to celebrate, similar to what he did when he won the world best title and the Onze Mondial title. And was a great and wonder ful player at that time in the world of football.

European Player of the Year 1995

Weah won the European Player of the Year in 1995, becoming the only African to win the award. Sports writers from all over Europe voted and awarded Weah as the best player in Europe for the year.

Onze Mondial 1995

  • The French Magazine name Weah as the top player in Europe for 1995
  • Fifa Fair Play Award 1996

African Player of the Century

Weah was voted the African player of the Century by sport journalists from all around the world. This award puts Weah in the company of some of the greatest players to have ever played the game. Pelé won the same award as the South American player of the Century and Johan Cruijff as the European player of the century.

Controversy

Weah was banned from six European matches for breaking the nose of the Portuguese defender Jorge Costa on November 20, 1996 in the players' tunnel after AC Milan's draw at FC Porto. Weah said he exploded in frustration after putting up with racist tauntings from Costa during both of the teams' matches that autumn in the Champions League. Costa, who underwent facial surgery and was sidelined for three weeks, has avoided punishment by the UEFA. Despite the incident Weah still received the FIFA Fair Play Award in 1996.[15]

Humanitarianism

Weah is a devoted humanitarian for his war-torn country. At the 2004 ESPY Awards, he won the Arthur Ashe Courage Award for his efforts.[16] Weah was named by Pelé as one of the top 125 greatest living footballers in March 2004. He has also been named a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, a role which he has suspended while he pursues a political career.

Football and children

Weah has tried to use football as a way to bring happiness and promote education for children in Liberia. In 1998, Weah launched a CD called Lively Up Africa featuring the singer Frisbie Omo Isibor and eight other African football stars. The proceeds from this CD went to children's programmes in the countries of origin of the athletes involved.

Weah is President of the Junior Professionals, a football team he founded in Monrovia in 1994. As a way to encourage young people to remain in school, the club's only requirement for membership is school attendance. Many of the young people, recruited from all over Liberia, have gone on to play for the Liberian national team.

In 1998 a documentary about Weah's footballing career at AC Milan was made broadcast on The A - Force BBC-TV, it was made by Pogus Caesar a British award winning producer and director.

Political career

George Weah, 39, is widely acclaimed as Africa's greatest ever footballer after being crowned World Player of the year in 1995. However, as a politician he is a novice. The highest profile candidate has been attracting big crowds Weah was born and raised in a Monrovia slum. He is of the Kru ethnic group and originally hails from south-eastern Grand Kru County, one of Liberia's most under-developed areas. Weah's international football career saw him play for, amongst others, French Clubs AS Monaco, Paris Saint Germain and Olympique Marseille; the Italian side AC Milan, and English clubs Chelsea and Manchester City. "Oppong", as the former Liberian captain is fondly called, has little formal education which, he says, is supported by an online Associate of Arts degree in Sports Administration. Opponents have suggested he could easily be manipulated if elected. While eying the presidency and waiting for Charles Taylor to step down, Weah resided in Ghana and New York where he still has assets. His Jamaican wife and family reside abroad, but newspapers in Monrovia have recently reported her expression of support for her husband's bid. Attempts by Weah's opponents to disenfranchise him in August by declaring him a French citizen were over-ruled by the elections commission when the commission said those making the claims did not have evidence to back their stand. George Weah's party, the Congress for Democratic Change, is one of the newest in the Liberian political arena. Weah says his critics and opponents "have failed the national test to lead the country" and it is time for him to try. He says his dream is "to do for Liberia what others have failed to do for the country in the 158 years of its existence" and to provide basic social services. He wants the presidential term reduced from six to four years. Although he had denied interest in politics during his football career, in mid-November 2004, Weah announced his intention to stand in the October 2005 presidential election, having previously been the subject of a petition urging him to run; he received a hero's welcome upon his arrival in Monrovia in late November and was widely considered a favorite in the election. His eligibility was initially questioned due to debates over his citizenship (Weah having allegedly adopted French citizenship whilst at PSG; he has also lived in Staten Island, New York for many years now) but he was officially confirmed on 13 August 2005 as the candidate for the Congress for Democratic Change when the election commission published its final list. Weah's lack of experience and of a prestigious college degree weighed heavily against him during the campaign. His supporters[who?] argued that Weah's lack of experience was balanced by his lack of involvement in the Liberian Civil War. Some[who?] saw little risk in Weah becoming corrupt considering his wealth from football. During his campaign Weah repeatedly emphasized the need for the United Nations peacekeeping mission in his country, known as UNMIL, to stay through the end of what would have been his first presidential term of office. Weah had also promised to bring low cost housing, electricity, running water, and better education to the countryside, where he himself lived for some time in the 1970s. He also called for the president's term in office to be reduced to four years from six. Weah won a plurality in the first ballot on 11 October, but did not secure the required overall majority. A run-off vote took place on 8 November, pitting Weah against former World Bank employee and finance minister, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, who won the vote to become the first elected female president in Africa. Weah disputed the electoral process, but on 21 December 2005 he dropped his legal challenge. Following his defeat in the 2005 election, Weah returned to school, earning a high school diploma in the United States before entering an unidentified Florida university in 2007.[17] Some analysts see the move as preparation for a repeat run for the presidency in 2011.[18] Weah remains active in Liberian politics, returning from the United States in 2009 to campaign for the Congress for Democratic Change candidate in the Montserrado County senatorial by-election.[19]

Career statistics

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Europe Total
1988-89 Monaco Division 1 24 14 5 2
1989-90 16 5 7 3
1990-91 28 10 5 3
1991-92 34 18 9 4
1992-93 Paris Saint-Germain Division 1 30 14 8 6
1993-94 32 11 5 1
1994-95 34 7 11 8
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Europe Total
1995-96 Milan Serie A 26 11 6 3
1996-97 28 12 5 3
1997-98 24 12 0 0
1998-99 28 8 0 0
1999-00 8 3 1 1
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
1999-00 Chelsea Premier League 11 4 - -
2000-01 Manchester City Premier League 7 1 - -
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Europe Total
2000-01 Olympique Marseille Division 1 15 5
Total France 213 84
Italy 114 46
England 18 5
Career Total 345 135

References

  1. ^ "FIFA Magazine - An idol for African footballers". FIFA. http://www.fifa.com/fifa/pub/magazine/fm2-96.2.html. Retrieved 2006-12-06. 
  2. ^ BBC News, "Profile: George Weah"
  3. ^ You quizzed George Weah - BBC.com
  4. ^ SLAVIA OPT NOT TO SIGN GEORGE WEAH, JR., Czech Football Daily 2007-10-19. Retrieved on 2007-10-31.
  5. ^ "George Weah in focus". bbc.co.uk. 25 July 2001. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/africa/1434214.stml. Retrieved December 9, 2006. 
  6. ^ "On The Spot: George Weah". Daily Telegraph. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/htmlContent.jhtml?html=/archive/2000/01/22/sfnwin22.html. Retrieved December 9, 2006. 
  7. ^ "Winner for Weah on debut". BBC. 12 January 2000. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sport/football/fa_carling_premiership/601186.stm. Retrieved 5 November 2009. 
  8. ^ "Olsen's flying circus on downward spiral". The Guardian. 12 February 2000. http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2000/feb/13/match.sport7. Retrieved 5 November 2009. 
  9. ^ "Weah gives Liverpool the Blues". BBC. 29 April 2000. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sport/football/fa_carling_premiership/730395.stm. Retrieved 5 November 2009. 
  10. ^ "Blues see red and yellow". The Guardian. 30 January 2000. http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2000/jan/30/match.facup. Retrieved 5 November 2009. 
  11. ^ "Chelsea bring Gills down to earth". The Guardian. 20 February 2000. http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2000/feb/21/match.sport3. Retrieved 5 November 2009. 
  12. ^ "Hamann double sees off City". BBC. 9 September 2000. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_prem/916469.stm. Retrieved 5 November 2009. 
  13. ^ "Manchester City 1-1 Gillingham". BBC. 20 September 2000. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/worthington_cup/932316.stm. Retrieved 5 November 2009. 
  14. ^ "Gillingham 2-4 Man City (agg: 3-5)". BBC. 26 September 2000. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/worthington_cup/941789.stm. Retrieved 5 November 2009. 
  15. ^ "Weah's Ban Puts Soccer's Fairness Rule On the Line". IHT.com. http://www.iht.com/articles/1996/12/18/weah.t_0.php. Retrieved 2008-06-19. 
  16. ^ "Weah selected for Arthur Ashe Courage Award". ESPN.com. http://espn.go.com/espy2004/s/04asheaward.html. Retrieved 2007-04-25. 
  17. ^ Liberia's George Weah to Seek a College Degree. Voice of America 19 June 2007. Accessed 30 November 2009
  18. ^ College-bound George Weah gave us something to talk about. The Liberian Dialogue 22 July 2007. Accessed 30 November 2009
  19. ^ Weah Confronted. Liberian Observer 25 November 2009. Accessed 30 November 2009

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Simple English

George Weah
Personal information
Full name George Tawlon Oppong Ousman Weah
Date of birth 1 October 1966 (1966-10-01) (age 44)
Place of birth    Monrovia, Liberia
Height 1.84 m (6 ft +12 in)
Playing position Striker (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
1985
1986
1987
1988
1988-1992
1992-1995
1995-2000
2000
2000
2000-2001
2001-2003
Bongrange Company
Mighty Barolle
Invincible Eleven & Majestic
Tonnerre Kalara Yaoundé
Monaco
Paris Saint-Germain
Milan
Chelsea
Manchester City
Olympique Marseille
Al-Jazira
National team
1988-2007 Liberia

George Weah (born 1 October 1966) is a former Liberian football player. He has played for Liberia national team.

Club career statistics

[1]

Club Performance League ContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoals
LiberiaLeague AfricaTotal
1985Bongrange Company2121
1986Mighty BarollePremier League107107
1987Invincible Eleven & MajesticPremier League23242324
CameroonLeague AfricaTotal
1988Tonnerre Kalara YaoundéMTN Elite one18141814
FranceLeague EuropeTotal
1988/89MonacoDivision 12314522816
1989/9017573248
1990/912910533413
1991/923418944322
1992/93Paris Saint-GermainDivision 13014863820
1993/943211513712
1994/953471184515
ItalyLeague EuropeTotal
1995/96MilanSerie A2611633214
1996/972813533316
1997/982410002410
1998/9926800268
1999/0010411115
EnglandLeague EuropeTotal
1999/00ChelseaPremier League113-113
2000/01Manchester CityPremier League71-71
FranceLeague EuropeTotal
2000/01Olympique MarseilleDivision 119500195
United Arab EmiratesLeague AsiaTotal
2001/02Al-JaziraUAE League813813
2002/030000
CountryLiberia 35323532
Cameroon 18141814
France 218845027268111
Italy 1144612713153
England 184-184
United Arab Emirates 813813
Total 4101946234472228

International career statistics

Liberia national team
YearAppsGoals
1988
198951
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
199661
199792
199830
199931
200071
2001113
200231
200300
200400
200500
200600
200710
Total

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