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To celebrate the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA)'s 50th anniversary in 2004, each of its member associations was asked by UEFA to choose one of its own players as the single most outstanding player of the past 50 years (1954–2003).

Award winnersEdit

The 52 players were known as the Golden Players. The list of players was released in November 2003, and were recognized at UEFA's headquarters in Nyon. Players active at the time of announcement are marked by (*).


  1. ^ a b In the press release on 29 November 2003, Sergey Kvochkin and Pat Jennings were listed as the Golden Players of Kazakhstan and Northern Ireland respectively [1]. However, in the player profiles posted by in 2004, Evgeni Jarovenko [2] and George Best [3] were listed instead. It is not clear what are the reasons for the discrepancies.

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