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Top 10 Educated Footballers With Degrees



Football stereotype is harsh but the game is one of the most watched and celebrated games on the planet, a sport that commands millions of followers than Twitter and facebooks, footballers, are professionals who just kick the ball around in short and get paid in hundreds of pounds every week.Yet it is important to know few who managed to get a first class education.
10. Edwin Van Der Sar.

Van Der Sar born 29 October 1970 is a former Dutch player who plays as a goalkeeper, he has played for Ajax, Fulham and left for Manchester United where he has a successful career winning 4 Premier League,3 community shield,2 League Cup and 1 Champions League.

He retired from football and since then been studying to complete his International Sports Management degree.


9.David Wetherall

David was born 14 March 1971 is an English player who played as a central defender for clubs like Sheffield Wednesday, Leeds United before finishing his career with Bradford City at the end of 2007/2008 season.

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David has a University degree in Chemistry from Sheffield University where he graduated in 1992, he is currently the Head of Youth Development at “The Football League”.

8.Shaka Hislop

Shaka was born 22 February 1969, was a Trinidad and Tobago player goalkeeper who played for Newcastle United, he was part of Magpies team that finished in the Premier League in two successive seasons.

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Hislop graduated with an honour degree in mechanical engineering from Howard University, and also interned with the NASA now presently works as a sports commentator.

7.Steve Coppell

Steve was born 9 July 1955, was a former English player who currently managed an Indian Super League side Kerala Blasters, he played for a number of clubs in the Premier League back in the 1970s and early 80s.

Steve’s educational pursuit was trigger by series of injuries that cut short his career and made a master degree in Economic and History.

6.Iain Dowie

Iain was born 9 January English-born Northen Ireland manager, who played as a striker from 1983 -2001, he played for Southampton, Crystal Palace and West Ham before he turned manager and a pundit.

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He is known for his vast educational prowess beyond his football thrills and skills, he graduated with a Master’s degree in Aeronautical engineering from the University of Hertfordshire and also worked with British Aerospace

5.Slaven Bilic

Bilic was born 11 September 1968, was a retired Croatian international who currently managed Premier league side, West Ham, Bilic served as one of Croatia’s most consistent defenders, his football career spanned from 1987-2001

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He has a Master degree in Law and he speaks four different languages fluently English, Italian, German and Spanish.

4. Graeme Le Saux
Le Saux was born 17 October 1968, was a retired English footballer of French background, he played for numbers of clubs in the Premier League such as Chelsea, Blackburn Rovers, Southampton, he retired in 2012, he also attained a degree in Environmental Studies.

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3.Barry Horne

Barry was born 17 March 1952, was a former welsh footballer who played for Everton at the time, he is a known figure among the Welsh football fans.

He completes his First class degree in Chemistry from the University of Liverpool while playing for Everton, and was later appointed Professor of Chemistry at King’s School and get a nod to direct the school football.

2.Arjan De Zeeuw

De Zeeuw was born 16 April 1970, was a retired Dutch footballer who played for numbers of clubs in England such as Barnsley, Wigan Athletic, Portsmouth and Coventry City where he played as a centre back.

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He retired from football and went back to school to pursue his Medical Studies and attained a degree in Medical science, he was also trained to be a Forensic detective with the Dutch police.
1.Socrates Brasileiro: Sampaio de Souza Vieira de Oliveira mostly called Socrates was born 19 February 1954, was a Brazilian footballer who played as an attacking midfielder and was one of the greatest and most intelligent captains to lift the World Cup.

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Besides his charisma, and wealth of knowledge on the pitch, Socrates was a well-known qualified doctor and also had PHD Degree in Philosophy.


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