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John Charles

Personal information
Full nameWilliam John Charles, CBE
Date of birth27 December 1931
Place of birthSwansea, Wales
Date of death21 February 2004(age 72)
Place of deathWakefield, England
Height1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing positionCentre Half, Centre Forward

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William John Charles, CBE (27 December 1931 21 February 2004), commonly known as John Charles, was a Welsh international footballer best remembered for spells with Leeds United and Juventus. Rated by many as the greatest all-round footballer ever to come from Wales, he was equally adept at centre-forward or centre-back. He has since been included in the Football League 100 Legends and was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame.

He was never cautioned or sent off during his entire career, due to his philosophy of never kicking or intentionally hurting opposing players. Standing at 6 feet 2 inches, he was nicknamed Il Gigante Buono The Gentle Giant.

His brother, Mel Charles and nephew Jeremy Charles, also represented Wales.

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