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President George Weah, 51, plays for Liberia

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Not content with being the President of Liberia, George Weah is now back on the pitch as one of Africa’s greatest-ever players made a stunning comeback on Tuesday.

On the same night his 18-year-old son Tim was helping the U.S. national team beat Mexico, halfway around the globe the President of Liberia, George, came out of retirement to play for the national team.

Seriously. That happened. Son and father both playing for their national teams on the same night has to be some kind of first, right?

Weah, 51 years young, came out of retirement to captain his national side in a friendly against Nigeria and although the friendly was set up to retire his famous No.14 jersey, it wasn’t just a stunt. He played 79 minutes of the game which ended in a 2-1 win for Nigeria.

15 years after his last game as a professional, the former Monaco, PSG and AC Milan star (who was crowned the best player in world soccer in 1995) played up front for Liberia against a strong Nigeria side who fielded Leicester City’s Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho during the game.

Simply stunning.

Liberian President Weah criticized for honoring Wenger

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MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) Liberian President and former soccer star George Weah is being criticized for his plan to award former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger the West African country’s highest honor.

Weah, who was elected president of his country last year, plans to honor Wenger and another French soccer coach, Claude Le Roy, at a ceremony on Friday.

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They both played crucial roles in Weah’s career.

Le Roy discovered Weah playing for a club in Cameroon in the late 1980s and recommended him to Wenger, then the coach of Monaco in France. Wenger took the advice, signed the Liberian and Weah went on to play for Monaco, Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan, and became the first and still only African to win the FIFA world player of the year award in 1995.

Liberian sports minister D. Zeogar Wilson said Wenger is to be given the Humane Order of African Redemption with the rank of Knight Grand Commander. Wenger is expected to attend Friday’s ceremony.

But Darius Dillon, an opposition politician, criticized Weah on Wednesday for using the nation’s highest honor and the office of the president to recognize people who only played a role in his “personal life.”

Ex-AC Milan striker George Weah wins Liberia presidency

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Former AC Milan striker George Weah has won the presidency of his native country Liberia, after receiving over 61 percent of the vote on Thursday.

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The 51-year-old succeeds former president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf — who was Africa’s first female head of state while in office.

Weah played for nearly two decades during his professional soccer career, which ranged from playing in Liberia with Mighty Barrolle to spending time with European giants like Monaco and Milan.

Weah’s son, Timothy, currently plays for Paris Saint-Germain’s academy and was a member of the United States Under-17 national team at 2017 U-17 World Cup.

Manchester United scouting Vancouver’s 15-year-old prodigy

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Given Vancouver’s disappointing season, even dedicated MLS fans can be forgiven for missing the buzz on Alphonso Davies.

But the 15-year-old, who recently became the second-youngest player to start a game in Major League Soccer history (Freddy Adu), certainly has many admirers here and abroad.

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The latest is Manchester United, who scouted Davies over the weekend according to The Province. Previously, Liverpool had checked on the kid.

The Liberia-born winger turns 16 in early November, and has made 8 league appearances for the ‘Caps after scoring twice in nine outings for Whitecaps 2 of the USL. He won a penalty for Vancouver in the club’s 2-1 loss to Seattle on Sunday.

And Vancouver could reap the double bonus of seeing more of the kid while also cashing in, according to the report, as Canada’s poor FIFA ranking and his lack of a Canadian passport may conspire to keep him in North America.

From The Province:

Davies could still be transferred before then and loaned out, perhaps back to the Whitecaps, who’ll be wanting a decent percentage of sell-on fees.

The Caps haven’t publicly put a price on Davies — they’ve gone out of their way to limit any hype around the kid — and there haven’t been any reported offers for him, either. But part of the incentive to sell is how those fees can be used in the salary-cap world of MLS.

As we’ve seen with Weston McKinnie (Schalke) and Erik Palmer-Brown (Porto), there are different ways of dealing with in-demand MLS Academy players who want to try their hand in Europe.

And Davies getting a look with United would be huge, perhaps the biggest move for a Canadian player since Owen Hargreaves left Alberta for Bayern Munich (and then United) in the late 1990s.

Davies could speak with a countryman for advice on Old Trafford, as the Red Devils added youngster Josh Doughty in 2015.

Ex-soccer star Weah to run again for president of Liberia

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MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) Former world footballer of the year George Weah says he will make a second bid to become president of Liberia.

The ex-AC Milan striker announced on Thursday he will stand as a candidate in elections next year, when current president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s second and final term ends.

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Weah, who formed the Congress for Democratic Change party, lost to Sirleaf in the 2005 election.

Declaring his intention to stand again, Weah told supporters he sympathized with the plight of many poor Liberians. He said “there were times I didn’t have school fees. I continued to strive with the hope that one day life will get better.”

Weah was the world footballer of the year in 1995. He is a senator in his West African homeland.