True Genius: George Best

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True Genius: George Best

True Genius: George Best

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Just as I wanted to outdo everyone when I played, I had to outdo everyone when we were out on the town. Es en esta parte de la biografía donde se percibe al ídolo, un personaje icónico, lo más parecido a una estrella de rock. Trailing George Best: The Manchester Haunts of United's Greatest takes a forensic look back at the places where George Best worked, rested, partied and played during the Swinging 60s and early 70s. In 1984, Best received a three-month prison sentence for drunk driving, assaulting a police officer and failing to answer bail. Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) deputy leader and East Belfast Member of Parliament Peter Robinson, in whose constituency Belfast City airport is situated, stated that his preference was a sports stadium be named after Best.

He played only three league games, the others against Bohemians and Shelbourne, but despite attracting big crowds he failed to score or impress. Written only three years before his death in 2005 and in his own words, Best recounts the halcyon days at Manchester United, the big games and the European Cup win of 1968. After disposing of Maltese Hibernians, United advanced past Yugoslavian Sarajevo with a 2–1 home win – Best assisted John Aston for the first and scored the second himself, and was described by Geoffrey Green of The Times as "the centrepiece of the chessboard .Like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, he epitomised the first, sudden, dynamic emergence of a postwar youth culture that, for better or worse, would help define the rest of the century. He was successfully defended when the case reached court in January 1973 by barrister George Carman QC, a close drinking companion of Best, as acknowledged in his book, Scoring at Half Time. United improved slightly under new boss Wilf McGuinness, but still only managed an eighth-place finish in the 1969–70 season. Playing only five competitive matches for Jewish Guild in South Africa, Best endured criticism for missing several training sessions. Every signed product is issued with a Certificate of Authenticity verified by our Managing Director, which guarantees that every item has been hand-signed.

Best was considered briefly by manager Billy Bingham for the 1982 World Cup, but at the age of 35, with his football skills dulled by age and drink (and five years having passed since his last cap), he was not selected for the Northern Ireland squad.Best scored twice against rivals Liverpool in a 2–0 win at Anfield, and also claimed a hat-trick over Newcastle United in a 6–0 home win on the penultimate league game of the season. There are some fascinating facts and figures in there - and the book looks great too; just like its eponymous hero. With his handsomeness, dark Beatle mop-top hair and playboy lifestyle, Best became one of the first media celebrity footballers, earning the nickname " o Quinto Beatle" by Portuguese press reporters after a stand-out performance for Manchester United in Lisbon in March 1966. In the home tie, Best was kicked and spat on by José Hugo Medina, and both players were sent off after Best reacted with a punch.

It was a compelling and highly enlightening look into the mind of someone that reached the pinnacle of his profession while battling alcoholism, and his insights into his disease were sobering (pun not intended). Of his nine international goals, four were scored against Cyprus and one each against Albania, England, Scotland, Switzerland and Turkey. The aircraft was later used to carry Best's family across to the Manchester memorial service for Best. The first match at Old Trafford after Best's death was a League Cup tie against West Bromwich Albion, the club against which he made his debut for Manchester United in 1963.In 1968, his annus mirabilis, he won the European Cup with Manchester United, and was named the European Footballer of the Year. Blessed is probably the best book made out of the whole collection it was gripping from start to finished G. The victory was not only the pinnacle of Best's career, but arguably Manchester United's greatest achievement, considering the Munich air disaster had wiped out most of the Busby Babes just ten years previously. Despite their poor league form, United managed to reach the semi-finals of the European Cup (they had a relatively easy run in getting past the Republic of Ireland's Waterford United, Belgium's Anderlecht, and Austria's Rapid Wien) where they were knocked out 2–1 on aggregate by A. The transplant was performed at public expense on the NHS, a decision which was controversial due to Best's alcoholism.

In the 1964–65 season, his first full season as a first team regular, Best helped Manchester United to claim the league title. A politely reserved teenager from east Belfast with a prodigious natural talent breaks into professional football at precisely the moment when the rewards available to the game's finest go through the roof. In 2012, Best was featured in the list of The New Elizabethans to mark the diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.Paul Collier is the author of three books: Stairway 13: The Story of the 1971 Ibrox Disaster; Remember Me for My Football: The Complete Playing Career of George Best; and Red Devils in Dark Suits. I thought of the exits of the other members of the Holy Trinity – the relatively seamless way Bobby Charlton made Tommy Docherty’s job easier by telling him he would retire, compared to the controversial exit of Denis Law, who was told he was getting a new contract on the day he left to go to Scotland for the post-season, only to discover on the news in his local pub the next day that he had been free transferred.



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