Most Educated Footballers in the World With University Degrees


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Football is the most famous, and lucrative sports in the world with about 3 billion followers and fans. These are heroes of Academics and Football. These great footballers were able to go beyond football and work very hard to acquire education which is something very rare to find in the sporting especially football world.They make the list of most academically decorated football legends with degrees bachelor's Degree to Master's Degree and Doctorate Degree. Our focus will be on football players who attained a minimum of a Master's Degree either before their playing time, during their playing time or after their playing time.

Sócrates Oliveira:

Socrates Oliveira
Socrates Oliveira
Sócrates Brasileiro Sampaio de Souza Vieira de Oliveira, MD, simply known as Sócrates, was a Medical Doctor and a Brazilian footballer from the continent of South America who played as an attacking midfielder.
Course of Study:
Medicine

Degrees Obtained:
Bachelors Degree(BSC)
Master's Degree (MSC)
Doctorate Degree (PhD)

Football Career:
1974–1978 -- Botafogo-SP
1978–1984 -- Corinthians
1984–1985-- Fiorentina
1986–1987 -- Flamengo
1988–1989 -- Santos
1989 --Botafogo-SP

Samuel Sochukwuma Okwaraji:

Samuel Okwaraji
Samuel Sochukwuma Okwaraji

Samuel Sochukwuma Okwaraji simply known as Sam Okwaraji was an Igbo Born Nigerian footballer from the continent of Africa who played as an midfielder for the Green Eagles (now Super Eagles) of Nigeria.Sam Okwaraji did not just play football as others did but he acquired quality University Education from the University of Rome, Italy graduating with a Masters Degree in Law and was Studying for his Doctorate Degree (PhD) in the same university before his untimely death in the field of play as a result heart attack in August 1989 during the 1990 World Cup qualifying match between Nigeria and Angola

University of Study
University of Rome, Italy

Course of Study:
Law

Degrees Obtained:
Bachelors Degree(BSC)
Master's Degree (MSC)
Doctorate Degree PhD (Inconclusive as a result of heart attack he suffered and died in the field of play in 1989)

Football Career:
Okwaraji had a career in Europe which included playing for AS Roma (1984-1985), NK Dinamo Zagreb (1985-1986), Austria Klagenfurt (1986-1987), VfB Stuttgart (1987-1989) and SSV Ulm 1846 (loan) (1987-1988).

Iain Dowie (Masters in Engineering):
Iaine Dowe
Iaine Dowe


Iain Dowie is a football manager, sports pundit and former Northern Ireland international footballer. He played as a striker from 1983 until 2001, notably in the Premier League for Southampton, Crystal Palace and West Ham United.

He studied at the University of Hertfordshire where he obtained a Master's Degree in Engineering.

EdwinVan Der Sar (Master of Sport Management):


Edwin Vander Sal
Edwin Vander Sal

Other Footballers who also had University Degrees include:

 David Wetherall got a First Class in Chemistry, from the University of Liverpool.
David Wetherall
David Wetherall

Steve Palmer has a degree in software engineering from Cambridge
Steve Palmer

Steve Heighway (Bachelors Degree in Economics)
Steve Heighway

Slaven Bilic (Bachelors Degree in law)
Slaven Bilic

Shaka Hislop (Bachelors Degree in mechanical engineering)
Shaka Hislop

Steve Coppell (Bachelors Degree in Economics)
Steve Coppell

Richard Hinds (Bachelor's in law, Open University)
Richard Hinds

Arsène Wenger (Bachelor's Degree in economics)
Arsene Wenger
Gudni Bergsson (Bachelor's Degree in law)
Gudni Bergsson
Oliver Bierhoff (Bachlor's Degree in Economics).
Oliver Bierhoff

Mike Emenalo (Bachelor's Degree in Economics from the University of Boston USA).


Mike Emenalo


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