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November 25, 2005

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Colm

Amen

 Madradin Ruad

RIP George Best - and let's not forget - he played with a proper football, not the beachballs used by today's overpaid monsters.

felix quiogley

I just have to add my thoughts. I played the other code, Gaelic football, but we are all extremely sad at the death of George. He was an absolute artist, an absolutely brilliant footballer and what is often overlooked a full-hearted and very courageous player. A little of us all has died today.

Richard

One of the most, if not the most naturally gifted footballer to ever have played the game.

Genius, entertainer, hero.

The Troll

who is faking to be Felix?

Peter

I was priveleged to be at Windsor Park the day Northern Ireland beat Scotland by 1 0 (about 1970 I think). Actually, that should read that Best beat Scotland by 1 0. Although he didn't score the winning goal (that was Dave Clements) he ran rings round the Scots. I've never seen a better individual performance. At one point he lost a boot, but still managed to beat an opponent and make a good pass. Amazing stuff.

wulfbeorn

People will still be talking about Best in 50 and 100 years.

ch in texas

Troll, Someone was faking to be both Felix and Jo on Slugger today. Waz up with that?

ainelivia

David, thanks for that.

Allan@Aberdeen

Although NI produced George Best, his birthplace meant that he couldn't realistically hope to play in the World Cup, a bit like Ryan Giggs. But if he'd been Scottish, he would have made it - at that time.

joc

I'm not a football fan (but I do recall the excitement in the early 70s about him), Like many others I feel a real sadness at George's passing - both for his brilliance and the tragedy of his life.

I don't actually think he is being Dianified in any way - he was a glorious footballer, but even in that he was an individualist rather than a team player. Some of the debate on The Last Word was very interesting, as it talked about his best and worst. In that way I think he came across as a much more real and human character.

My thoughts are with his family.

Mike

Allan -

"Although NI produced George Best, his birthplace meant that he couldn't realistically hope to play in the World Cup, a bit like Ryan Giggs. But if he'd been Scottish, he would have made it - at that time"

Actually, that's not true. For one thing, George was unfortunately just born at the wrong time to play in the World Cup - NI played in the World Cup in 1958, when he was 12, 1982 when he was 36, and 1986 when he was 40.

Scotland didn't qualify for the 1966 and 1970 Wrold Cups.

Sadly a draw away to Albania in the final qualifier when a win would have taken NI through prevented Best from showcasing his awesome talent at the 1966 World Cup.

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