George Alhassan

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George Alhassan
Personal information
Full name George "Jair" Alhassan
Date of birth 11 November 1955
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977–1982 Great Olympics (–)
1982–1984 FC 105 (–)
1984–1985 Hyundai Horangi 11 (4)
1985–1990 Great Olympics (–)
1990–1992 Berchem Sport (–)
National team
Ghana (–)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

George Alhassan, nicknamed Jair referring to Jairzinho is a retired Ghanaian footballer. He is best known for his exploits in the 1982 Africa Cup of Nations which saw him lift the trophy for the second time in his career. During his career he played in Ghana, Gabon and Korea.

He was given the nickname Jair, due to a similar style of play to the Brazilian player Jairzinho.

Club career[edit]

At the club level, Alhassan played for Hearts of Oak in the domestic football league. He later played in UAE before joining Al-Ahly in Egypt for a short period only due to his long term injury problems.

International career[edit]

Alhassan made several appearances for the Ghana national football team, including qualifying matches for several FIFA World Cups.[1] In 1978, he played for the Ghana squad who won the African Cup of Nations in home soil.[2] Four years later he helped Ghana regain the title successfully, being the top scorer of the tournament with four goals, including two against Algeria in the semifinal and one in the final against hosts Libya.

Personal life[edit]

George is the father of Kalif Alhassan, a professional football player in the United States with Tampa Bay Rowdies.



  1. ^ George AlhassanFIFA competition record
  2. ^ "African Nations Cup 1978". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 2010-01-17. Retrieved 2009-04-03. 

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