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 and one of the greatest players of all time, 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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Stanley Matthews has received more than 2,135,231 page views. His biography is available in 50 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 49 in 2019). Stanley Matthews is the 50th most popular soccer player (down from 34th in 2019), the 316th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 315th 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 50 out of 21,273Before him are Djalma Santos, Josef Masopust, Omar Sívori, Zlatan Ibrahimović, Romário, and Paolo Rossi. After him are László Kubala, Mario Kempes, Junji Nishikawa, Ricardo Zamora, Fernando Santos, and Flórián Albert.

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Among people born in 1915, Stanley Matthews ranks 17Before him are Arthur Miller, Orson Welles, Eli Wallach, Paul Samuelson, Billie Holiday, and Paul Tibbets. After him are Joachim Peiper, Hu Yaobang, Jerome Bruner, Aung San, Sviatoslav Richter, and Fred Hoyle. Among people deceased in 2000, Stanley Matthews ranks 10Before him are Hafez al-Assad, Roger Vadim, Habib Bourguiba, Emil Zátopek, Victor Borge, and Alec Guinness. After him are Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Vittorio Gassman, Abulfaz Elchibey, Sirimavo Bandaranaike, Louis Néel, and Lída Baarová.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Stanley Matthews ranks 316 out of 8,785Before him are Mary of Teck (1867), Robert Fripp (1946), Elizabeth Woodville (1437), Vivienne Westwood (1941), Frederick Sanger (1918), and Jacqueline Bisset (1944). After him are Arthur Harden (1865), Jon Lord (1941), John Hurt (1940), Ian Gillan (1945), Edmund Ironside (993), and Edmund I (921).

Among SOCCER PLAYERS In United Kingdom

Among soccer players born in United Kingdom, Stanley Matthews ranks 3Before him are Bobby Charlton (1937), and George Best (1946). After him are David Beckham (1975), Gordon Banks (1937), Bobby Moore (1941), Denis Law (1940), Bobby Robson (1933), Kevin Keegan (1951), Peter Shilton (1949), Kenny Dalglish (1951), and Gary Lineker (1960).