John Charles

1931 - 2004

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William John Charles (27 December 1931 – 21 February 2004) was a Welsh footballer who played as a centre-forward or as a centre-back. Best known for his first stint at Leeds United and Juventus, he was rated by many as the greatest all-round footballer ever to come from Britain.Charles began his career at Leeds United, having moved there in 1949 from his hometown club, Swansea Town. He was equally adept as a defender or a forward, due to his strength, pace, technique, vision, ability in the air and eye for goal. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Charles has received more than 907,935 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 34 in 2019). John Charles is the 413th most popular soccer player (up from 466th in 2019), the 1,324th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 1,319th in 2019) and the 20th most popular Soccer Player.

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Among soccer players, John Charles ranks 413 out of 16,880Before him are Tofiq Bahramov, Kim Sung-gan, Yanosuke Watanabe, Youri Djorkaeff, Ken Noritake, and Guti. After him are José Sánchez del Río, Junji Kawano, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Thomas N'Kono, Zvonimir Boban, and Gianpiero Combi.

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Among people born in 1931, John Charles ranks 112Before him are Luís Cabral, Colin Wilson, Josep Lluís Núñez, Zeki Müren, Ferenc Mádl, and Augusto Boal. After him are Ken Takakura, Ivan Klíma, Masaaki Hatsumi, Juan Goytisolo, Hiroto Muraoka, and Claire Bloom. Among people deceased in 2004, John Charles ranks 70Before him are Charles Sweeney, Philippe de Broca, Mercedes McCambridge, Thanom Kittikachorn, Brian Clough, and Abdel Aziz al-Rantisi. After him are Masanori Tokita, Sacha Distel, Russ Meyer, Jerry Orbach, Carlos Lacoste, and Shiing-Shen Chern.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, John Charles ranks 1,324 out of 7,765Before him are Bill Shankly (1913), Ceawlin of Wessex (600), Jeremy Clarkson (1960), Gideon Mantell (1790), Smithson Tennant (1761), and Glenn Tipton (1947). After him are C. Northcote Parkinson (1909), Mary Quant (1930), Julian Glover (1935), Seamus Heaney (1939), Walafrid Strabo (808), and Peter Burke (1937).

Among SOCCER PLAYERS In United Kingdom

Among soccer players born in United Kingdom, John Charles ranks 20Before him are Bob Paisley (1919), Ryan Giggs (1973), Gary Lineker (1960), Wayne Rooney (1985), Brian Clough (1935), and Steven Gerrard (1980). After him are Harry Gregg (1932), Ian Rush (1961), Alan Shearer (1970), John Toshack (1949), Frank Lampard (1978), and Roger Byrne (1929).