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Finidi George

Finidi George is a Nigerian footballer who played as a winger, a 1995 Uefa Champions league winner. He capped over 50 competitive matches for Nigeria.

George was born on 15th April, 1971 in Port Harcourt, River state, Nigeria.

His name Finidi means “Future full of sun” in his native language.

He started his footballing career at Calabar Rovers (1989), before joining Iwuanyanwu Nationale (1990) and Sharks (1991-1993).

While at Ajax, he played alongside country man Nwankwo Kanu and help his club wins the Eredivisie titles 1993 – 1996 and the 1994 – 1995 edition of the Uefa Champions League final against A.C Milan.

He moved to Real Betis of Spain in 1996, helping the club to finish forth in his first year before losing to Barcelona (2-3 after extra time) in the Spanish Copa del Rey final (1996 – 2000).

Finidi was close to joining Real Madrid before the deal fell through.

He left Real Betis in 2000 and joined Real Mallorca (2000 – 2001), then Ipswich Town (2001 – 2003).

George returned to former club Mallorca in 2003 before retiring in the summer of 2004.

He first featured for Nigeria in 1991 in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

Finidi scored in his debut game against Barkina Faso, a match Nigeria won 7 goals to 1 with Rashidi Yekini scoring a hatrick.

The winger helps Nigeria win the 1994 edition of the Africa Cup of Nations in Tunisia.

He was instrumental for Nigeria at the FIFA World Cups of 1994 and 1998.

George was an important player in the 1994 World cup that helped Nigeria to the round of 16 before losing 2 – 1 to finalist Italy. He scored in the 2 – 0 win against Grace at the tournament.

Finidi played in all Nigeria matches at the 1998 edition of the FIFA competition where the country exited again in the round of 16 to Denmark, the match ended 4 – 1 in favor of Denmark.

His total caps for Nigeria was 62 matches.

Finidi George wins the Eredivisie editions of 1993 to 1996, Uefa Champions League edition of 1994 – 1995, Intercontinental Cup 1995, African Cup of Nations 1994 and many more.

 

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