Finidi George

Nigerian footballer

Finidi George (born 15 April 1971) is a former Nigerian football player. He has played for Nigeria national team. He was a player with great speed who could play as a winger on the right or left. He was a physically strong and tall player, He was known for his dribbling and free-kicks. He was a physically strong and tall player. He is known by his name, Finidi. Considered as one of Nigeria's greatest wingers of all time.

Finidi George
Personal information
Full name Finidi George
Date of birth (1971-04-15) 15 April 1971 (age 53)
Place of birth Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1990 Calabar Rovers 26 (10)
1990–1991 Iwuanyanwu Nationale 35 (7)
1991–1993 Sharks 77 (47)
1993–1996 Ajax 85 (18)
1996–2000 Betis 130 (38)
2000–2001 Mallorca 31 (5)
2001–2003 Ipswich Town 35 (7)
2003–2004 Mallorca 14 (8)
Total 433 (133)
National team
1991–2002 Nigeria 62 (6)
Honours
Representing  Nigeria
Africa Cup of Nations
Winner 1994 Tunisia Team
Runner-up 2000 Ghana & Nigeria Team
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Club career

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After playing for three different clubs in his home country, Finidi George joined Ajax club together with Nwankwo Kanu in 1993. During this period, Ajax's Eredivisie championship also contributed to the UEFA Champions League championship against Milan in the 1994-1995 season. In 1996, Finidi went to Spain and signed a contract with Real Betis. Although Finidi had previously held talks with Real Madrid, nothing came of them. He always scored double-digit goals during his years at Real Betis, and helped the club finish the league in fourth place in his first year at Real Betis. In the same year, the Andalusian team reached the final of the Copa del Rey, but although Finidi scored a goal, the cup was lost to Barcelona.

Finidi was transferred to RCD Mallorca in 2000. The following year, he moved from Spain to England and signed for Ipswich Town FC, one of the Premier League teams. However, his career here was not very bright and his contract was terminated in June 2003. Finidi re-signed for his former team Mallorca in November 2003. That season, Mallorca finished the league in 11th place. In the summer of 2004, he ended his active football career. Finidi returned to Real Betis as Director of International Football in November 2010.


International career

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Finidi started to take part in the Nigerian national team in 1991. He made three assists to Rashidi Yekini in the 7-1 win against Burkina Faso in the African Cup of Nations qualifiers. He was again part of the team when they won the African Cup of Nations championship in Tunisia in 1994 . In subsequent tournaments, Nigeria, including Finidi, came second once and third twice.

Finidi participates in the FIFA World Cup twice with Nigeria. In the 1994 FIFA World Cup held in the USA , Nigeria reached the second round as the group winner, but lost to Italy, one of the finalists. Finidi scored a goal in the 2-0 cup match against Greece and celebrated his goal as a peeing dog. In the 1998 cup in France , Nigeria was eliminated again in the second round, this time by Denmark, and Finidi played in all the matches. Finidi left the Nigeria jersey in 2002, which he wore 62 times, scoring 6 goals.


Club career statistics

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Club statistics League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
NetherlandsLeague
1993/94 Ajax Eredivisie 27 4
1994/95 30 8
1995/96 28 6
SpainLeague
1996/97 Real Betis Balompié La Liga 36 10
1997/98 34 9
1998/99 36 11
1999/00 24 8
2000/01 Mallorca La Liga 31 5
EnglandLeague
2001/02 Ipswich Town Premier League 25 6
2002/03 First Division 10 1
SpainLeague
2003/04 Mallorca La Liga 14 0
Country Netherlands 85 18
Spain 175 33
England 35 7
Total 295 58

International career statistics

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Nigeria national team
YearAppsGoals
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998 7 0
1999 1 1
2000 6 1
2001 8 0
2002 7 0
Total


Honours

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Ajax

Betis

International

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Nigeria

References

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  1. Strack-Zimmermann, Benjamin. "Finidi George". www.national-football-teams.com.
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  3. "1995/96 AFC Ajax 1–1 Juventus, Juve win 4–2 on pens: Report". UEFA. 18 July 2012. Retrieved 29 March 2020.
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