Raymond Kopa

1931 - 2017

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Raymond Kopa (born Raymond 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. Often considered one of the leading players of his generation, Kopa was an attacking midfielder 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 612,862 page views. His biography is available in 49 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 47 in 2019). Raymond Kopa is the 24th most popular soccer player (up from 29th in 2019), the 439th most popular biography from France (up from 448th 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 24 out of 16,923Before him are Just Fontaine, Didi, Luis Suárez, Mário Zagallo, Josef Bican, and Cristiano Ronaldo. After him are László Kubala, Sándor Kocsis, Sócrates, Ronaldo, Vavá, and Gunnar Nordahl.

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Among people born in 1931, Raymond Kopa ranks 19Before him are Ian Holm, Isabel Martínez de Perón, Irvin D. Yalom, Anita Ekberg, Anatoly Dyatlov, and Mário Zagallo. After him are Lucia Bosè, Thomas Bernhard, Leonard Nimoy, Josef Masopust, D. B. Cooper, and Jim Jones. Among people deceased in 2017, Raymond Kopa ranks 17Before him are Hugh Hefner, Jeanne Moreau, Jalal Talabani, Jerry Lewis, John Hurt, and Manuel Noriega. After him are Glen Campbell, Zbigniew Brzezinski, George A. Romero, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Johnny Hallyday, and Mireille Darc.

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Among people born in France, Raymond Kopa ranks 439 out of 5,234Before him are Patrick Modiano (1945), Robert Delaunay (1885), Paul Éluard (1895), Louis Antoine de Bougainville (1729), Alain Prost (1955), and Urbain Le Verrier (1811). After him are Georges Bataille (1897), Louis, Dauphin of France (1729), Camille Desmoulins (1760), Antoine of Navarre (1518), Louise de La Vallière (1644), and Marie Louise d’Orléans (1662).


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), Lucien Laurent (1907), Thierry Henry (1977), Aimé Jacquet (1941), Laurent Blanc (1965), Didier Deschamps (1968), Michel Hidalgo (1933), Raymond Domenech (1952), and Franck Ribéry (1983).