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 833,610 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia. John Charles is the 466th most popular soccer player (down from 313th in 2019), the 1,319th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 1,122nd in 2019) and the 18th most popular British Soccer Player.

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Among soccer players, John Charles ranks 466 out of 16,923Before him are Ramón Díaz, Branko Zebec, Claudio Gentile, Gianluca Vialli, Herbert Wimmer, and László Bölöni. After him are Sachi Kagawa, Shizuo Miyama, José Pékerman, Patrick Vieira, Luis Carniglia, and Willem van Hanegem.

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Among people born in 1931, John Charles ranks 103Before him are Ferenc Mádl, Kakuichi Mimura, Larry Silverstein, Ivan Klíma, Masaaki Hatsumi, and Hirokazu Kanazawa. After him are Stig Anderson, Claire Bloom, Nikolai Chernykh, Robert Morris, Daniel Ellsberg, and Rip Torn. Among people deceased in 2004, John Charles ranks 69Before him are Jerry Orbach, Jean Rouch, Takeshi Kamo, Lennart Bernadotte, Marco Pantani, and Serge Reggiani. After him are Philippe de Broca, Nikolai Chernykh, Carlos Lacoste, Olga Ladyzhenskaya, Sacha Distel, and Roque Máspoli.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, John Charles ranks 1,319 out of 6,924Before him are Julia Gillard (1961), Albert Hammond (1944), Ricky Gervais (1961), Dave Evans (1953), John Ball (1338), and John Graunt (1620). After him are Andy Summers (1942), John Talbot, 1st Earl of Shrewsbury (1384), John Boorman (1933), Andrew Lincoln (1973), Idris Elba (1972), and John Boyd Orr (1880).

Among SOCCER PLAYERS In United Kingdom

Among soccer players born in United Kingdom, John Charles ranks 18Before him are Kevin Keegan (1951), Brian Clough (1935), Bob Paisley (1919), Frank Lampard (1978), Ryan Giggs (1973), and Steven Gerrard (1980). After him are Harry Gregg (1932), Gary Lineker (1960), Jack Charlton (1935), Wayne Rooney (1985), Ian Rush (1961), and Herbert Kilpin (1870).