My fellow Americans, in the seventies and eighties, a new force emerged in the city of Chicago. A force that not only represented the city on the field, but also captured the hearts of the people of Chicago and the entire nation. That force was the Chicago Sting.
The Sting was founded in 1974 by Lee Stern of Chicago and competed in the North American Soccer League for the first time in the 1975 season. A few years after founding the Sting, Stern brought Willy Roy on as head coach. Roy coached the Sting for the remainder of their outdoor existence. The team was named in reference to the popular 1973 film, The Sting, whose action was set in Chicago of the 1930s.
The Sting played at various venues, including Soldier Field, Wrigley Field, and Comiskey Park for outdoor games and the International Amphitheatre, Chicago Stadium, and the Rosemont Horizon for indoor games. They were North American Soccer League champions in 1981 and 1984, one of only two NASL teams (the New York Cosmos) to win the championship twice.
The Chicago Sting represented not just a team, but a symbol of the city’s resilience and determination. They were a shining example of what can be achieved when a group of individuals come together and work towards a common goal. And as we continue to strive for greatness in the world of football, let us remember the lessons of the Chicago Sting and the legends that played for them.
George Best is widely considered one of the greatest football (soccer) players of all time. He was a Northern Irish forward who played for Manchester United and the Northern Ireland national team during his career. He was known for his exceptional technical skills, agility, and dribbling ability, as well as his vision, passing, and goal-scoring ability.
Best was known for his flair and style on the field, and his ability to entertain and excite the crowd. He was a player who could score goals, create assists and make the game look easy. He was also known for his ability to score spectacular goals, and for his ability to take on and beat multiple defenders. He was also a humble, charismatic and charming person, who was highly respected by fans and peers alike.
During his time at Manchester United, Best helped the team win the English First Division (now the Premier League) twice, and the European Cup (now the Champions League) once. He also won the Ballon d'Or (European Footballer of the Year) award in 1968, and was named to the FIFPro World XI (a team of the best players in the world) in 1968 and 1974. He was also included in the FIFA 100 list of the greatest living footballers and was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2002.
In summary, George Best was an exceptional player who possessed a rare combination of skill, flair, and vision, and his impact on the game of football is still felt today. He was a true legend of the game and his legacy continues to live on