Raymond Kopa

1931 - 2017

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Raymond Kopa (né Kopaszewski; 13 October 1931 – 3 March 2017) was a French professional footballer, integral to the France national team of the 1950s. At club level he was part of the legendary Real Madrid team of the 1950s, winning three European Cups. Kopa was a forward who was quick, agile and known for his dribbling, playmaking, and prolific scoring. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Raymond Kopa has received more than 936,577 page views. His biography is available in 54 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 50 in 2019). Raymond Kopa is the 29th most popular soccer player (down from 24th in 2019), the 344th most popular biography from France (up from 370th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular French Soccer Player.

Raymond Kopa is most famous for being the first French player to win the Ballon d'Or in 1958.

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Among soccer players, Raymond Kopa ranks 29 out of 21,273Before him are Josef Bican, Lionel Messi, Rivellino, Cesare Maldini, Carlos Alberto Torres, and Sócrates. After him are Just Fontaine, Lothar Matthäus, Mircea Lucescu, Didi, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, and Vavá.

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Among people born in 1931, Raymond Kopa ranks 12Before him are Raúl Castro, Mário Zagallo, James Dean, Tomas Tranströmer, Irvin D. Yalom, and Isabel Martínez de Perón. After him are Robert Duvall, Philip Kotler, Chun Doo-hwan, Anita Ekberg, Monica Vitti, and Alice Munro. Among people deceased in 2017, Raymond Kopa ranks 12Before him are Gene Cernan, Zygmunt Bauman, Salvatore Riina, Ali Abdullah Saleh, David Rockefeller, and Jalal Talabani. After him are Chuck Berry, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Liliane Bettencourt, Jerry Lewis, Jeanne Moreau, and Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.

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Among people born in France, Raymond Kopa ranks 344 out of 6,770Before him are Françoise-Athénaïs de Rochechouart, Marquise de Montespan (1640), Robert I, Duke of Normandy (1010), Charles Messier (1730), Louis de Broglie (1892), Claude Bernard (1813), and John the Fearless (1371). After him are Fernand Braudel (1902), Paul Barras (1755), Antonin Artaud (1896), Françoise Sagan (1935), Jean-Louis Trintignant (1930), and Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban (1633).


Among soccer players born in France, Raymond Kopa ranks 3Before him are Zinedine Zidane (1972), and Michel Platini (1955). After him are Eric Cantona (1966), Didier Deschamps (1968), Lucien Laurent (1907), Karim Benzema (1987), Thierry Henry (1977), Laurent Blanc (1965), Franck Ribéry (1983), Philippe Troussier (1955), and Aimé Jacquet (1941).