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Stanley Matthews

1915 - 2000

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Sir Stanley Matthews (1 February 1915 – 23 February 2000) was an English footballer who played as an outside right. Often regarded as one of the greatest players of the British game, he is the only player to have been knighted while still playing football, as well as being the first winner of both the European Footballer of the Year and the Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year awards. His nicknames included "The Wizard of the Dribble" and "The Magician".Matthews kept fit enough to play at the top level until he was 50 years old. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Stanley Matthews has received more than 1,763,069 page views. His biography is available in 49 different languages on Wikipedia (down from 50 in 2019). Stanley Matthews is the 34th most popular soccer player (up from 56th in 2019), the 315th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 472nd in 2019) and the 3rd most popular British Soccer Player.

Stanley Matthews was a Welsh footballer who played for Stoke City and Blackpool. He is most famous for his dribbling skills, and was the first player to be knighted while still playing.

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Among soccer players, Stanley Matthews ranks 34 out of 16,880Before him are Just Fontaine, Gunnar Nordahl, Sócrates, Didi, Carlos Alberto Torres, and Vavá. After him are Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Mircea Lucescu, Ronaldinho, Josef Masopust, László Kubala, and Zlatan Ibrahimović.

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Among people born in 1915, Stanley Matthews ranks 16Before him are Orson Welles, Paul Samuelson, Eli Wallach, Billie Holiday, Arthur Miller, and Jerome Bruner. After him are Yitzhak Shamir, Joachim Peiper, Paul Tibbets, Aung San, Sviatoslav Richter, and Saul Bellow. Among people deceased in 2000, Stanley Matthews ranks 10Before him are Ingrid of Sweden, Habib Bourguiba, Victor Borge, Alec Guinness, Emil Zátopek, and Roger Vadim. After him are Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Lída Baarová, Vittorio Gassman, Walter Matthau, Konrad Emil Bloch, and Abulfaz Elchibey.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Stanley Matthews ranks 315 out of 7,765Before him are Patrick Stewart (1940), John Hurt (1940), David II of Scotland (1324), William Petty (1623), Edward Gibbon (1737), and Benny Hill (1924). After him are Thomas Andrews (1873), Robert Falcon Scott (1868), John Herschel (1792), Anne Neville (1456), Frederick Soddy (1877), and Syd Barrett (1946).

Among SOCCER PLAYERS In United Kingdom

Among soccer players born in United Kingdom, Stanley Matthews ranks 3Before him are George Best (1946) and Bobby Charlton (1937). After him are David Beckham (1975), Bobby Moore (1941), Gordon Banks (1937), Denis Law (1940), Bobby Robson (1933), Kenny Dalglish (1951), Kevin Keegan (1951), Duncan Edwards (1936), and Peter Shilton (1949).