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- Curriculum Vitea -
Name George Best
Born 22 May 1946 (Belfast, Northern Ireland)
Position Forward, Midfielder
Caps 37 (9 goals)
Clubs Manchester United, Los Angeles Aztecs, Fulham, Fort Lauderdale Strikers, Hibernian, San Jose Earthquakes, a.o.
Trophies Manchester United
1x European Cup (1968)
2x English Championship (1965, 1967)
2x Charity Shield (1965, 1967)
Honours 1x European Footballer of the Year (1968)
1x English Player of the Year (1968)
1x Top scorer English League (1968)


- Biography -
A superb dribbler of the ball, George Best (1946) was undoubtedly the most naturally gifted British player of his generation. A combination of lightning pace, perfect balance, and ability to produce goals with both feet, meant Best was a handful for even the best of defenders.

A young George Best in action for Manchester United
A young George Best in action for Manchester United

Helping Manchester United win the European Cup in 1968 was his greatest achievement. That year Best was voted European Player of the Year. But in the years to follow Best the player would increasingly be eclipsed by Best the rock and roll celebrity, as problems with gambling, womanising and alcoholism overshadowed El Beatle's achievements on the field.

In 1974 George Best left Manchester United, effectively ending his career at the highest level at the age of 27. The Belfast Boy would play on for nearly ten more years at a number of lesser clubs, showing occasional signs of his former greatness.


- League Matches -

Season
Club
Country
Matches
Goals
1984 - 1985
Tobermore United
Northern Ireland
1
0
1983
Brisbane Lions
Australia
4
0
1982 - 1983
Bournemouth
England
5
0
1981
San Jose Earthquakes
United States
30
13
1980 - 1981
Hibernian
Scotland
4
0
1980
San Jose Earthquakes
United States
26
8
1979 - 1980
Hibernian
Scotland
13
3
1979
Fort Lauderdale Strikers
United States
19
2
1978
Fort Lauderdale Strikers
United States
9
4
1978
Los Angeles Aztecs
United States
12
1
1977 - 1978
Fulham
England
10
2
1977
Los Angeles Aztecs
United States
20
11
1976 - 1977
Fulham
England
32
6
1976
Los Angeles Aztecs
United States
23
15
1976
Cork Celtic
Ireland
3
0
1975 - 1976
Stockport County
England
3
2
1974
Jewish Guild
South Africa
5
0
1973 - 1974
Dunstable Town
England
0
0
1973 - 1974
Manchester United
England
12
2
1972 - 1973
Manchester United
England
19
4
1971 - 1972
Manchester United
England
40
18
1970 - 1971
Manchester United
England
40
18
1969 - 1970
Manchester United
England
37
15
1968 - 1969
Manchester United
England
41
19
1967 - 1968
Manchester United
England
41
28
1966 - 1967
Manchester United
England
42
10
1965 - 1966
Manchester United
England
31
9
1964 - 1965
Manchester United
England
41
10
1963 - 1964
Manchester United
England
14
4
 
 
Total:
580
204


Please Note: during the last years of his career in the early eighties, George Best also played matches for Motherwell, Scone Thistle, Arbroath Victoria, Glentoran, and Nuneaton Borough. As these appearances were restricted to guest appearances during charity matches and testimonials however, they have not been taken into account


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