George Weah

George Weah
25th President of Liberia
Assumed office
22 January 2018
Vice PresidentJewel Howard Taylor
Preceded byEllen Johnson Sirleaf
Senator for Montserrado County
In office
14 January 2015 – 22 January 2018
Preceded byJoyce Musu Freeman-Sumo
Succeeded byTBA
Personal details
George Tawlon Manneh Oppong
Ousman Weah

(1966-10-01) 1 October 1966 (age 52)[1]
Monrovia, Liberia
Political partyCoalition for Democratic Change
Spouse(s)Clar Weah
Children3, including George and Timothy
ResidenceExecutive Mansion
Alma materDeVry University

Association football career
Playing positionStriker
Youth career
1981–1984Young Survivors Claratown
1984–1985Bongrange Company
Senior career*
1985–1986Mighty Barrolle10(7)
1986–1987Invincible Eleven23(24)
1987Africa Sports2(1)
1987–1988Tonnerre Yaoundé18(14)
1992–1995Paris Saint-Germain96(32)
2000Chelsea (loan)11(3)
2000Manchester City7(1)
2001–2003Al Jazira8(13)
National team
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

George Tawlon Manneh Oppong Ousman Weah (ə/; born 1 October 1966) is a Liberian politician and former professional footballer currently serving as the 25th President of Liberia, in office since 2018. Prior to his election to the presidency, Weah served as Senator from Montserrado County. During his football career, he played as a striker. His prolific 18-year professional playing career ended in 2003.[2]

After beginning his career in his home country of Liberia, Weah spent 14 years playing for clubs in France, Italy, and England. Arsène Wenger first brought him to Europe, signing him for Monaco in 1988. Weah moved to Paris Saint-Germain in 1992 where he won Ligue 1 in 1994 and became the top scorer of the 1994–95 UEFA Champions League. He signed for Milan in 1995 where he spent four successful seasons, winning Serie A twice.[3] His most notable goal in Italy saw him run the length of the field against Verona. He moved to the Premier League towards the end of his career and had spells at Chelsea and Manchester City, winning the FA Cup at the former, before returning to France to play for Marseille in 2001, and subsequently ending his career with Al-Jazira in 2003. At international level, Weah represented Liberia at the African Cup of Nations on two occasions, winning 60 caps and scoring 22 goals for his country. He played an international friendly in 2018 where his number 14 jersey was retired. He is regarded as one of the best players never to have played in a World Cup.[4][5][6]

Widely regarded as one of the greatest African players of all time, in 1995, he was named FIFA World Player of the Year and won the Ballon d'Or, becoming the first and to date only African player to win these awards. In 1989, 1994 and 1995, he was also named the African Footballer of the Year, and in 1996, he was named African Player of the Century. Known for his acceleration, speed, and dribbling ability, in addition to his goalscoring and finishing, Weah was described by FIFA as "the precursor of the multi-functional strikers of today".[7] In 2004, he was named by Pelé in the FIFA 100 list of the world's greatest living players.[8]

Weah became involved in politics in Liberia following his retirement from football. He formed the Congress for Democratic Change and ran unsuccessfully for President in the 2005 election, losing to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in the second round of voting. In the 2011 election, he ran unsuccessfully for Vice President alongside Winston Tubman. Weah was subsequently elected to the Liberian Senate for Montserrado County in the 2014 elections. Weah was elected President of Liberia in the 2017 election, defeating the incumbent Vice President Joseph Boakai,[9][10] and sworn in on 22 January 2018.[11]

Early life and education

Weah was born and raised in the Clara Town district of Monrovia.[12] He is a member of the Kru ethnic group, which hail from south-eastern Liberia's Grand Kru County, one of the poorest areas of the country.[13] His father, William T. Weah, Sr.,[14] was a mechanic[15] while his mother, Anna Quayeweah (d. 2013),[16] was a seller.[15] He has three brothers, William, Moses and Wolo.[16] He was one of thirteen children largely raised by his devoutly Christian paternal grandmother,[15][12] Emma Klonjlaleh Brown after his parents separated[12] when George was still a baby.[15] He attended middle school at Muslim Congress and high school at Wells Hairston High School, and reportedly dropped out in his final year of studies.[17] He began to play football for the Young Survivors youth club at the age of 15 and later moved to other local football clubs, assuming starring roles for Mighty Barrolle and Invicible Eleven.[12] Before his football career allowed him to move abroad, Weah worked for the Liberia Telecommunications Corporation as a switchboard technician.[13]

Other Languages
العربية: جورج ويا
asturianu: George Weah
Bân-lâm-gú: George Weah
беларуская: Джордж Веа
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Джордж Вэа
български: Джордж Уеа
bosanski: George Weah
brezhoneg: George Weah
català: George Weah
čeština: George Weah
Deutsch: George Weah
Ελληνικά: Τζορτζ Γουεά
español: George Weah
Esperanto: George Weah
euskara: George Weah
فارسی: ژرژ وه‌آ
français: George Weah
Gaeilge: George Weah
galego: George Weah
한국어: 조지 웨아
հայերեն: Ջորջ Վեա
hrvatski: George Weah
Bahasa Indonesia: George Weah
Interlingue: George Weah
italiano: George Weah
עברית: ג'ורג' ואה
Basa Jawa: George Weah
ქართული: ჯორჯ ვეა
Kiswahili: George Weah
latviešu: Džordžs Veā
lietuvių: George Weah
magyar: George Weah
Malagasy: George Weah
മലയാളം: ജോർജ് വിയ
Bahasa Melayu: George Weah
монгол: Жорж Веа
Nederlands: George Weah
norsk nynorsk: George Weah
occitan: George Weah
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: George Weah
polski: George Weah
português: George Weah
română: George Weah
Runa Simi: George Weah
русский: Веа, Джордж
Simple English: George Weah
slovenčina: George Weah
ślůnski: George Weah
српски / srpski: Џорџ Веа
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: George Weah
svenska: George Weah
Tagalog: George Weah
Türkçe: George Weah
українська: Джордж Веа
Tiếng Việt: George Weah