10 Things You Need to Know About Newly Appointed Super Eagles Coach, Finidi George

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The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) recently made a pivotal decision in the country’s football landscape, appointing Finidi George as the head coach of the Super Eagles. Here are 10 key insights into the man who will lead the charge for Nigeria’s national team:

  1. Birth and Early Life: Finidi George was born on April 15, 1971, in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. His early years laid the foundation for a remarkable football career that would span continents.
  2. Playing Career: George excelled as a right winger, showcasing exceptional pace, accurate crosses, efficient dribbling, and free-kick abilities. His Nigerian club career included stints with Calabar Rovers and Sharks of Port Harcourt.
  3. Ajax Amsterdam Success: George achieved remarkable success with Ajax Amsterdam, winning an impressive 8 major titles, including the prestigious UEFA Champions League in 1995.
  4. Real Betis and Almost Real Madrid: After his time at Ajax, George moved to Real Betis in Spain, narrowly missing out on a potential move to Real Madrid.
  5. Premier League Stint: George spent one season with Mallorca before joining Ipswich Town in the Premier League for £3.1 million in 2002, showcasing his versatility and adaptability on the field.
  6. International Career: George made his international debut for Nigeria in 1991, earning 62 caps and representing the country at the 1994 and 1998 FIFA World Cups.
  7. Africa Cup of Nations Triumph: George was part of the Nigerian squad that clinched the Africa Cup of Nations title in 1994, adding to his list of accolades.
  8. 1994 World Cup Impact: At the 1994 World Cup, George left a mark by scoring against Greece and celebrating with a memorable ‘urinating dog’ celebration.
  9. Family Ties: George comes from a large family, with 11 brothers, two of whom (Igeniwari and Celestine) also pursued professional football careers.
  10. Coaching Achievements: Prior to his appointment as Super Eagles coach, George had a successful coaching stint with Nigerian club Enyimba F.C., leading them to win the Nigeria Premier League in June 2023.

As Finidi George takes on the role of head coach for the Super Eagles, Nigerian football fans eagerly anticipate the impact he will make on the team’s performance and future successes.

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