Stanley Matthews

1915 - 2000

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Sir Stanley Matthews, CBE (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. Matthews' 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 1,170,931 page views. His biography is available in 50 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 47 in 2019). Stanley Matthews is the 56th most popular soccer player (down from 46th in 2019), the 473rd most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 385th in 2019) and the 4th 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 56 out of 16,923. Before him are Romário, Jairzinho, Arthur Friedenreich, Roberto Baggio, David Beckham, and Flórián Albert. After him are Mircea Lucescu, Giacinto Facchetti, Paolo Rossi, Mario Kempes, Leônidas, and Miguel Muñoz.

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Among people born in 1915, Stanley Matthews ranks 24Before him are Joachim Peiper, Saul Bellow, Billie Holiday, Hu Yaobang, Fred Hoyle, and Les Paul. After him are Curd Jürgens, Aung San, Charles H. Townes, Robert A. Dahl, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, and Brother Roger. Among people deceased in 2000, Stanley Matthews ranks 14Before him are Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Alec Guinness, Lída Baarová, Carl Barks, Sirimavo Bandaranaike, and Victor Borge. After him are Walter Matthau, Jason Robards, Gherman Titov, Vittorio Gassman, Tommaso Buscetta, and Arkan.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Stanley Matthews ranks 473 out of 6,924. Before him are Sam Neill (1947), William Ewart Gladstone (1809), Richard Arkwright (1732), Thomas Cromwell (1485), Gregory Bateson (1904), and Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester (1532). After him are William Baffin (1584), Harthacnut (1018), Gustav Holst (1874), Emma Thompson (1959), James Callaghan (1912), and Wentworth Miller (1972).

Among SOCCER PLAYERS In United Kingdom

Among soccer players born in United Kingdom, Stanley Matthews ranks 4Before him are George Best (1946), Bobby Charlton (1937), and David Beckham (1975). After him are Gordon Banks (1937), Denis Law (1940), Bobby Robson (1933), Kenny Dalglish (1951), Bobby Moore (1941), Duncan Edwards (1936), Peter Shilton (1949), and Kevin Keegan (1951).