George Best in real-time: Watch parts of “Football Like Never Before”

Maradona good; Pele better; George Best.It’s just a quote, but it shows his place in football history. If not the best, he was among the them for sure. George Best. Professional football player from Northern Ireland. He was a winger. Most famous for the years he wore the red shirts of Manchester United. From 1963 to 1974.

Born May 22, 1946, he made his debut, aged 17. That was on September 14, 1963. His first of many games for Manchester United. “Best unexpectedly quit United relatively early in 1974 at age 27, but returned to football for a number of clubs around the world in short spells, until finally retiring in 1983, aged 37.” [source]

Between those two dates there was football brilliance. European Cup Winner. European Footballer Of The Year. And many more awards and prizes.

On September 12, 1970, East German experimental filmmaker Hellmuth Costard brought eight 16mm cameras to the famous Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester. Just focusing on the number 11 among the red shirts. George Best. Watch parts of the documentary “Football Like Never Before” below/after the jump…

(Video by Hellmuth Costard and uploaded by laskoune)

George Best also hit the headlines for his extravagant lifestyle, financial and health problems. One of the first celebrities in the world of football. He died in 2005 at the age of 59.

Additional reading:
Football’s Greatest: George Best “El Beatle” (Documentary)
More information on “Football Like Never Before”




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