Key things you need to know about Finidi George

Finidi Goerge as manager

Discover the essence of Finidi George, a Nigerian football legend turned coach. From his illustrious playing days to coaching triumphs, explore his journey in the beautiful game.

Following the announcement of Finidi George as new Super Eagles head coach by the Nigeria Football Federation; below are key things you need to know about him.

Personal Information

  • Full Name: George Finidi
  • Date of Birth: 15 April 1971 (age 53)
  • Place of Birth: Port Harcourt, Nigeria
  • Height: 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
  • Position(s): Winger
Finidi Goerge as player in 2001
Finidi Goerge as player in 2001

Club Career

Ajax: Finidi joined AFC Ajax in 1993, making an immediate impact by helping the team win the Eredivisie title and the UEFA Champions League in 1995.

Real Betis: In 1996, he moved to Spain to play for Real Betis, where he consistently scored goals and helped the team to a fourth-place finish in La Liga.

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Mallorca and Ipswich Town: After Betis’ relegation, he played for RCD Mallorca before joining Ipswich Town in the Premier League, where he struggled to replicate his earlier success.

Return to Mallorca: Finidi returned to Mallorca briefly before retiring from professional football.

International Career

Finidi represented Nigeria in 62 matches from 1991 to 2002, participating in two FIFA World Cups and contributing to the team’s success in the Africa Cup of Nations.

Coaching Career

As of September 2021, Finidi is the head coach of Enyimba F.C., winning his first title with the team in June 2023.
Style of Play

Known for his strength, pace, accurate crosses, and free kicks, Finidi is regarded as one of Nigeria’s greatest wingers, combining technical skill with tactical intelligence.