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With 16,923 biographies, Soccer Players are the are the top ranked profession most common occupation in Pantheon.

Pantheon has 16,923 people classified as soccer players born between 1842 and 2003. Of these 16,923, 15,271 (90.24%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living soccer players include Pelé, Franz Beckenbauer, and Gerd Müller. The most famous deceased soccer players include Johan Cruyff, Ferenc Puskás, and Garrincha. As of October 2020, 3696 new soccer players have been added to Pantheon including Emilio Caprile, Ardico Magnini, and Félix Mourinho.

Living Soccer Players

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Deceased Soccer Players

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Newly Added Soccer Players (2020)

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Most soccer players were born in Japan (4052), Brazil (1456), and United Kingdom (1167). By city, the most common birth places were Tokyo (205), Brazil (172), and São Paulo (146).The most common death places of soccer players were United Kingdom (149), Brazil (124), and Spain (108). By city, these were Montevideo (54), Rio de Janeiro (50), and Buenos Aires (46).

The earliest biographies classified as soccer players in Pantheon are John Goodall, John McKenna, and Charles W. Alcock.  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.

Soccer Players are found within the Sports domain which also includes Athletes, Basketball Players, Cyclists, Tennis Players, and Racing Drivers.