(born October 1, 1966 in Monrovia)
is a Liberian politician and former football forward. He spent 14 years of his
professional football career playing for clubs in France, Italy, and England,
winning titles in two of the three countries. In 1995, he was named FIFA World
Player of the Year, European Footballer of the Year, and African Footballer of
the Year. Weah has since become a humanitarian and politician in Liberia, and
ran unsuccessfully in the 2005 Liberian presidential election, losing to Ellen
Johnson-Sirleaf in the second round of voting. It is notable that Weah is the
only FIFA World Player of the Year who failed to qualify for FIFA World Cup with
his national team.
George Weah was born and raised in the Clara Town slum of Monrovia. He is a
member of the Kru ethnic group, which hails from south-eastern Liberia's Grand
Kru County, one of the poorest areas of the country. His parents were William T.
Weah, Sr. and Anna Quayeweah. He was raised largely by his paternal grandmother,
Emma Klonjlaleh Brown. He attended middle school at Muslim Congress and high
school at Wells Hairston High School. Before his football career allowed him to
move abroad, Weah worked for the Liberia Telecommunications Corporation as a
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George Weah converted from Christianity to Islam but later reverted back
after having spent ten years as a Muslim. He hopes for peace for Muslims and
Christians, and says they are "one people."
He is married to Clar Weah, a Jamaican who resides in USA. George Weah is the
father of four children: George Jr., Martha, Timothy George, and Jessica, who
was adopted from Jamaica. His son, George Weah Jr, plays for FC Baden in
Switzerland, and played for the US U-20 team, with his close friend Freddy Adu.
He is also good friends with Joshua Smith. Weah Jr. played for the AC Milan
Primavera team in the 2005–06 season.
At the pinnacle of success, Weah moved to Europe in 1988 when he was signed
by Arsène Wenger, then manager
of Monaco, who Weah credits as an important influence on his career.
At Monaco, Weah was a member of the team that won the French Cup in 1991. In the
1990s Weah subsequently played for Paris Saint Germain (1992 - 95), with whom he
won the French league in 1994; and AC Milan (1995 - 1999), with whom he won the
Italian league in 1996 and 1999, and became the top scorer of the UEFA Champions
League 1994–95. In 1995 he was named European Footballer of the Year and FIFA
World Player of the Year. After leaving Milan in January 2000 Weah moved to
Chelsea, Manchester City and Olympique Marseille in quick succession, before
leaving Marseille in May 2001 for Al Jazira FC, in the United Arab Emirates.
As successful as he was at club level, Weah was not able to bring over that
success to the Liberian national team. He has done everything with the squad
from playing to coaching to financing it, but failed to qualify for a single
World Cup, falling just a point short in qualifying for the 2002 tournament.
This has all led to Weah being known as one of the best footballers never to
have played in a World Cup.
||George Tawlon Oppong Ousman Weah
|Date of birth
||October 1, 1966 (1966-10-01)
|Place of birth
||1.84 m (6 ft
|Young Survivors Clareton
1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 13:42, 08 December 2007 (UTC).
* Appearances (Goals)
World Best Player 1995
Weah was named world best for 1995, becoming the only African player to win
the award. He was the fifth recipient of the award. The Silver trophy was won by
Paolo Maldini, and the Bronze by Jürgen Klinsmann. The other four recipients
were: Lothar Matthaus '91, Marco Van Basten '92, Roberto Baggio '93, and Romario
in '94. Weah also won the silver trophy the following year which was won by
Brazilian striker Ronaldo. Alan Shearer was awarded the Bronze.
African Player of the Year 1989, 1994 & 1995
Weah won the African player of the year in 1989 when he was with AS Monaco
and 1995 with AC Milan, the year he won almost every award a footballer could
win. When he won the award in 1989, it was his first major award and he took it
back home for the entire country to celebrate, similar to what he did when he
won the world best title and the Onze Mondial title
European Player of the Year 1995
Weah won the European Player of the Year in 1995, becoming the only African
to win the award. Sports writers from all over Europe voted and awarded Weah as
the best player in Europe for the year.
Onze Mondial 1995
- The French Magazine name Weah as the top player in Europe for 1995
- Fifa Fair Play Award 1996
African Player of the Century
Weah was voted the African player of the Century by sport journalists from
all around the world. This award puts Weah in the company of some of the
greatest player to ever played the game. Pelé won the same award as the South
American player of the Century and Johan Cruijff as the European player of the
Weah was banned from six European matches for breaking the nose of the
Portuguese defender Jorge Costa on November 20, 1996 in the players' tunnel
after AC Milan's draw at FC Porto. Weah said he exploded in frustration after
putting up with racist taunting from Costa during both of the teams' matches
that fall in the Champions League. Costa, who underwent facial surgery and was
sidelined for three weeks, has avoided punishment by the UEFA. Despite the
incident Weah still received the FIFA Fair Play Award in 1996.
Weah is a devoted humanitarian for his war-torn country. At the 2004 ESPY
Awards, he won the Arthur Ashe Courage Award for his efforts.
Weah was named by Pelé as one of the top 125 greatest living footballers in
March 2004. He has also been named a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, a role which he
has suspended while he pursues a political career.
Football and children
Weah has tried to use football as a way to bring happiness and promote
education for children in Liberia. In 1998, Weah launched a CD called Lively Up
Africa featuring the singer Frisbie Omo Isibor and eight other African football
stars. The proceeds from this CD went to children's programmes in the countries
of origin of the athletes involved.
Weah is President of the Junior Professionals, a football team he founded in
Monrovia in 1994. As a way to encourage young people to remain in school, the
club's only requirement for membership is school attendance. Many of the young
people, recruited from all over Liberia, have gone on to play for the Liberian
In 1998 a documentary about Weah's football career at AC Milan was made
broadcast on The A - Force BBC-TV, it was made by Pogus Caesar a British award
winning producer and director.
Following the end of Second Liberian Civil War, Weah announced his intention
to run for President of Liberia in the 2005 elections, forming the Congress for
Democratic Change to back his candidacy. While Weah was a popular figure in
Liberia, opponents cited his lack of formal education as a handicap to his
ability to lead the country, in contrast with his Harvard-educated opponent,
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Analysts also noted Weah's lack of experience, calling
him a "babe-in-the-woods", while Sirleaf had served as Minister of Finance in
the Tolbert administration in the 1970s and had held positions at Citibank, the
World Bank and the United Nations. Weah's eligibility to run for Presidency was
also called into question as it was reported that he had become a French citizen
in his footballing career at Paris St. Germain, but these complaints were
rebuffed by the electoral commission in court and Weah was allowed to proceed.
Weah obtained a plurality of votes in the first round of voting on 11
October, garnering 28.3% of the vote. This qualified him to compete in a run-off
election against Sirleaf, the second placed candidate. However, he lost the
run-off to Sirleaf on 8 November, garnering only 40.6% to 59.4% for Sirleaf.
Weah alleged that the election had been rigged through voter intimidation and
ballot tampering, and many of his supporters protested the results in the
streets of Monrovia. However, after assurances that the vote was fair several
prominent African leaders called on Weah's supporters to accept the result with
grace and dignity, and Sirleaf became President. The African Union had
characterized the elections as "peaceful, transparent, and fair".
Weah's lack education became a campaign issue. He was been highly critical of
those who say he is not fit to govern: "With all their education and experience,
they have governed this nation for hundreds of years. They have never done
anything for the nation." He initially claimed to have a BA degree in Sports
Management from Parkwood University in London. However this is an unaccredited
diploma mill which awards certificates without requiring study. Weah then
pursued a degree in business administration at DeVry University in Miami.
Weah also remained active in Liberian politics, returning from the United
States in 2009 to successfully campaign for the Congress for Democratic Change
candidate in the Montserrado County senatorial by-election. Some analysts saw
these moves as preparation for a repeat run for the Presidency in 2011, and Weah
did indeed later announce his intention to challenge Sirleaf in the 2011
election. After a series of failed alliances with other opposition parties, the
Congress for Democratic Change chose Weah as its 2011 vice presidential
candidate, running with presidential candidate Winston Tubman.
Awards and achievements
Footballer of the Year
Footballer of the Year
Footballer of the Year
World Player of the Year
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WORLD GREATEST PLAYER
Weah had been once the best player in the world. - Derrick M
He is our next president of Liberia.
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