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With 21,273 biographies, Soccer Players are the are the top ranked profession most common occupation in Pantheon.


Pantheon has 21,270 people classified as soccer players born between 1831 and 2007. Of these 21,270, 18,591 (87.40%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living soccer players include Cristiano Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane, and Ronaldo. The most famous deceased soccer players include Pelé, Franz Beckenbauer, and Johan Cruyff. As of April 2024, 2911 new soccer players have been added to Pantheon including Reino Börjesson, Américo Lopes, and Federico Sacchi.

Living Soccer Players

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Deceased Soccer Players

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Newly Added Soccer Players (2024)

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Most soccer players were born in Japan (4125), Brazil (1601), and United Kingdom (1448). By city, the most common birth places were Tokyo (213), Montevideo (186), and São Paulo (165).The most common death places of soccer players were United Kingdom (200), Italy (165), and Spain (161). By city, these were Montevideo (65), Buenos Aires (64), and Budapest (62).

Places Over Time

The earliest biographies classified as soccer players in Pantheon are Morton Betts, Charles W. Alcock, and Ebenezer Cobb Morley.  The concentration of soccer players was largest during the Television Era, which lasted from 1950 to 1989. Some birth or death locations for earlier soccer players are unknown, which may account for timeline differences below.


Which Soccer Players were alive at the same time? This visualization shows the lifespans of the 25 most globally memorable Soccer Players since 1700.