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Soccer Player
    (February 1, 1915-February 23, 2000)
    Born in Stoke-on-Trent, England, United Kingdom
    Played for Stoke City (1932-47,1961-65) and Blackpool (1947-61)
    Played for England in the World Cup (1950,1954)
    Nicknamed 'the Wizard of Dribble' and 'the Magician'
    After his international debut, the Daily Mail wrote that he 'lacks the big match temperament.'
    While he managed Port Vale, the team was expelled from the Football League for making illegal payments to players.
    He was a vegetarian and a teetotaler.
    He was fit enough to play in England's top football division when he was 50.
    He was the first person named European Footballer of the Year (1956).
    He was the first soccer player to be knighted (1965).
    Pele called him 'the man who taught us the way football should be played.'
    Over 100,000 people lined the streets of Stoke-on-Trent for his funeral procession.

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