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Nobby Stiles

Personal information
Full nameNorbert Peter Stiles
Date of birth18 May 1942(age 74)
Place of birthCollyhurst, Manchester, England
Height1.68 m
Playing positionDefensive midfielder

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Norbert "Nobby" Peter Stiles MBE (born 18 May 1942) is a retired English footballer. He was born in Collyhurst, Manchester.

Stiles played for England for five years, winning 28 caps and scoring 1 goal. He played every minute of England's victorious 1966 FIFA World Cup campaign. His best performance in an England shirt was probably the semi-final of that tournament against Portugal, where he was given the job of marking the prolific Eusébio. His tough performance resulted in Eusébio being practically nullified for the entire game. Stiles also played very well in the final, which England won 4 2 against West Germany. His post match celebration has become one of the most famous images in English sport history. The sight of Stiles dancing on the Wembley pitch, holding the World Cup trophy in one hand and his false teeth in the other, has lived for decades.

Stiles played the majority of his club career for Manchester United, spending eleven years at Old Trafford, where he became renowned for his tough tackling and ball winning qualities. With the Red Devils, he won two League titles and one European Cup. Stiles is one of only three Englishmen, alongside Sir Bobby Charlton and Ian Callaghan, to have won both the FIFA World Cup and European Cup; however, only Stiles and Charlton actually played in the finals of both competitions.

He also had short spells with Middlesbrough and Preston North End.

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