It has been said that Hall of Fames and primariy their inductions are hugely important for the growth of the sport they represent. Not only they serve to recognize the best of the best, but give young athletes a blueprint for success. Induction into the hall is widely considered the highest honor in most sports. But, not in soccer.
There is a good reason for this. FIFA, founded in 1904, never really established its own hall of fame. However, there had been a serious attempt (with FIFA’s blessing) in the late 90s. It was in 1997 when the ”International Football Hall of Fame” was about to be launched in Manchester. And there were plans for the construction of a soccer museum which finally opened four years later. But it would never serve as an International HoF. Instead, the museum housed the English Hall of Fame, established in 2002, with Manchester United’s ”bad boy” George Best being its first inductee.
The 1997 inductees
On November 20, 1997, it was announced that 5 soccer legends had been elected as the first inductees of the International Hall of Fame: Pelé from Brazil, Northern Irish George Best, Englishman Bobby Charlton, the ”flying” Dutchman Johan Cruyff and late Bobby Moore (passed away in 1993). The ”maginificent five” were voted for by 500,000 people in 110 countries over the Internet and also over other important figures of the sport (no active or recently retired players were eligible). 20 more out of a list of 50 were chosen, but via a different process which included voting by former players and sports journalists.
The list featured some big names of world soccer and those elected were: Gordon Banks, Duncan Edwards, Tom Finney, Stanley Matthews, Billy Wright (England), Marco van Basten (Holland), Franz Beckenbauer, Gerd Muller (Germany), John Charles (Wales), Kenny Dalglish (Scotland), Eusebio (Mozambique-Portugal), Garrincha, Jairzinho, Roberto Rivelino, Zico (Brazil), Michel Platini (France), Ferenc…
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Author : ken salmon
Publish date : 2022-09-08 21:28:25
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