Liem Swie King

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Liem Swie King (Hanzi: 林水鏡; Pinyin: Lín Shuǐjìng ; lahir di Kudus, Jawa Tengah, 28 Februari 1956; umur 61 tahun) adalah seorang pemain bulu tangkis yang dulu selalu menjadi buah bibir sejak dia mampu menantang Rudy Hartono di final All England tahun 1976 dalam usianya yang ke-20. Kemudian Swie King menjadi pewaris kejayaan Rudy di kejuaraan paling bergengsi saat itu dengan tiga kali menjadi juara ditambah empat kali menjadi finalis. Bila ditambah dengan turnamen “grand prix” yang lain, gelar kemenangan Swie King menjadi puluhan kali. Swie King juga menyumbang medali emas Asian Games di Bangkok 1978, dan enam kali membela tim Piala Thomas. Tiga di antaranya Indonesia menjadi juara.

Liem Swie King Biodata

Liem Swie King

Mulai bermain bulu tangkis sejak kecil atas dorongan orangtuanya di kota kelahiran Kudus, Swie King yang lahir 28 Februari 1956 akhirnya masuk ke dalam klub PB Djarum yang banyak melahirkan para pemain nasional.

Usai menang di Pekan Olahraga Nasional saat berusia 17 tahun, akhir 1973, Liem Swie King direkrut masuk pelatnas yang bermarkas di Hall C Senayan. Setelah 15 tahun berkiprah, Swie King merasa telah cukup dan mengundurkan diri pada tahun 1988. Saat aktif sebagai pemain, Liem terkenal dengan pukulan smash andalannya, berupa jumping smash, yang dijuluki sebagai King Smash.

Perjalanan Hidup


Liem Swie King lahir di Kudus, Jawa Tengah, 28 Februari 1956. Ia terkenal dengan pukulan jumping smash, yang dijuluki sebagai King Smash.

Sejak kecil Swie King sudah bermain bulu tangkis atas dorongan orangtuanya di Kudus, kota kelahirannya. Kepiawaiannya bermain bulu tangkis makin terasah ketika ia masuk ke dalam klub PB Djarum yang telah banyak melahirkan para pemain nasional.

Dalam catatan Pusat Data Tokoh Indonesia, Liem Swie King meraih berbagai prestasi selama 15 tahun berkiprah di bulu tangkis. Pertama kali, Swie King meraih Juara I Yunior se-Jawa Tengah (1972). Pada usia 17 tahun (1973), ia menjuarai (II) Pekan Olahraga Nasional. Setelah itu, Liem Swie King direkrut masuk pelatnas yang bermarkas di Hall C Senayan. Ia pun meraih Juara Kejurnas 1974 dan 1975.

Kemudian berkiprah di kejuaraan internasional, meraih Juara II All England (1976 & 1977). Kemudian tiga kali menjadi juara All England (1978, 1979, 1981), kejuaraan paling bergengsi kala itu. Selain itu, puluhan medali grand prix lainya, medali emas Asian Games di Bangkok 1978, dan tiga medali emas Piala Thomas (1976, 1979, 1984) dari enam kali membela tim Piala Thomas.

Demi Masa Depan


Demi menjamin masa depan, ia pun mengundurkan diri sebagai pemain nasional bulu tangkis tahun 1988. Kendati ia tidak langsung bisa menemukan kegiaatan usaha untuk mencapai cita-citanya. Setahun setelah berhenti itu, King nyaris dapat dikatakan menganggur. Sebab keahlian dan pengetahuan yang dia miliki hanyalah olahraga bulu tangkis.

Kemudian ia mulai ikut mengelola sebuah hotel di Jalan Melawai Jakarta Selatan milik mertuanya. Setelah itu, ia melebarkan sayap dengan membuka usaha griya pijat kesehatan. Kini usahanya telah mempekerjakan lebih dari 400 karyawan. Berkantornya di Kompleks Perkantoran Grand Wijaya Centre Jakarta Selatan.

Bagaimana King bisa tertarik pada bisnis perhotelan dan pijat kesehatan? Rupanya sebagai pemain bulu tangkis yang sering menginap di hotel berbintang, King tertarik dengan keindahan penataan hotel dan keramahan para pekerjanya. Begitu pula soal griya pijat. Saat menjadi atlet, King selalu membutuhkan terapi pijat setelah lelah berlatih dan bertanding. Kala itu, ia kerap mengunjungi griya pijat kesehatan di kawasan Mayestik Jakarta Selatan yang penataan ruangannya begitu bagus.

Ia pun berpikir bahwa usaha pijat kesehatan (spa) ini sangat prospektif. Kalangan eksekutif dan pengusaha Jakarta yang gila kerja butuh kesegaran fisik dan relaksasi. Maka dia membuka usaha griya pijat kesehatan Sari Mustika. Kini, dia telah membukanya di tiga lokasi, Grand Wijaya Centre, Jalan Fatmawati Jakarta Selatan, dan Kelapa Gading Jakarta Utara dengan total karyawan sekitar 200 orang. Dalam mengelola usahanya, ia pun tidak sungkan-sungkan menyambut sendiri tamu hotel atau griya pijatnya.

Hasilnya, selain usahawan dan eksekutif lokal, serta keluarga-keluarga menengah atas Jakarta, banyak ekspatriat menjadi pelanggan griyanya. Ia pun merasa bahagia karena bisa membuktikan griya pijat tidak selalu berkonotasi jelek seperti yang dibayangkan kebanyakan orang.

Menurut informasi dari kerabat dekatnya, Liem Swie King sebenarnya dari marga Oei bukan marga Liem. Pergantian marga seperti ini pada masa dahulu zaman Hindia Belanda biasa terjadi, pada masa itu seorang anak dibawah usia ketika memasuki wilayah Hindia Belanda (Indonesia sekarang) harus ada orang tua yg menyertainya, bila anak itu tidak beserta orang tua aslinya, maka oleh orang tuanya akan dititipkan kepada “orang tua” yg lain, “orang tua” ini bisa saja bermarga sama atau lain dari aslinya.

Pebulu tangkis yang pernah terjun ke dunia film sebagai bintang film Sakura dalam Pelukan, ini kini hidup bahagia bersama isteri dan tiga orang anaknya Alexander King, Stevani King dan Michele King. Ternyata, anak-anaknya tidak tahu bahwa King seorang pahlawan bulu tangkis Indonesia.

Belakangan, Nia Zulkarnaen dan Ari Sihasale, pemilik rumah produksi Alenia, mernjadikan kehebatan Liem Swie King dalam dunia bulu tangkis Indonesia sebagai inspirasi untuk membuat film tentang bulu tangkis. Film itu memang bukan bercerita tentang kisah kehidupan King. Akan tetapi, dalam film itu, King menjadi inspirasi bagi seorang ayah yang kagum pada King, lalu memotivasi putranya untuk bisa menjadi juara seperti King. ►Tian Son Lang

Kiprah di luar bulu tangkis


  • Bintang film Sakura dalam Pelukan
  • Pengusaha hotel (pekerjaan kini)
  • Kisahnya dibuat film pada tahun 2009, yaitu King
  • Bintang Iklan Indomie bersama Sherina Munaf pada tahun 2012

Pendidikan


  • SD, Kudus (1968)
  • SMP, Kudus (1971)
  • SMA, Kudus (1974)

Karier


  • Pebulu tangkis Indonesia
  • Pengusaha Hotel dan Spa

Nasional


  • Juara I Yunior se-Jawa Tengah (1972)
  • Juara II PON 1973
  • Juara Kejurnas 1974, 1975

International


Tunggal

  • 1974: Semi Finalis Asian Games Tehran
  • 1976: Finalis All England Open, Finalis Kejuaraan Asia
  • 1977: Finalis All England Open, Juara Denmark Open, Juara Swedia Open, Juara
  • SEA Games
  • 1978: Juara All England Open, Juara Asian Games Bangkok
  • 1979: Juara All England Open
  • 1980: Finalis Kejuaraan Dunia, Finalis All England
  • 1981: Juara All England Open, Semi Finalis World Games St.Clara, Juara SEA Games
  • 1982: Finalis Asian Games New Dehli, Juara Piala Dunia
  • 1983: Finalis Kejuaraan Dunia, Juara Indonesia Open, Juara Malaysia Open
  • 1984: Finalis All England Open, Finalis World Badminton Grand Prix
  • 1985: Semi Finalis All England Open

Ganda


  • 1983: Finalis SEA Games (bersama Hadibowo)
  • 1984: Juara Piala Dunia (bersama Kartono Hariamanto)
  • 1985: Juara Piala Dunia, Juara Indonesia Open, Semi Finalis Kejuaraan Dunia , Finalis SEA Games (bersama Kartono Hariamanto)
  • 1986: Juara Piala Dunia, Semi Finalis Asian Games Seoul (bersama Bobby Ertanto); Juara Indonesia Open (bersama Kartono Hariamanto)
  • 1987: Juara Asia (bersama Bobby Ertanto); Juara SEA Games, Juara Japan Open, Juara Indonesia Open, Juara Taiwan Open, Finalis Thailand Open (bersama Eddy Hartono)

Beregu


  • 1976: Juara Piala Thomas
  • 1977: Juara SEA Games
  • 1978: Juara Asian Games
  • 1979: Juara Piala Thomas, Juara SEA Games
  • 1981: Finalis SEA Games
  • 1982: Finalis Piala Thomas, Finalis Asian Games
  • 1983: Juara SEA Games
  • 1984: Juara Piala Thomas
  • 1985: Juara SEA Games
  • 1986: Finalis Piala Thomas, Semi Finalis Asian Games
  • 1987: Juara SEA Games

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King Jadi Raja (Juara Asian Games 1978)

September 5, 2011

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Tempo, 23 Desember 1978. Dalam final perorangan, King sekali lagi menjatuhkan juara RRC, Han Tsien. Penampilannya mantap. Sejak ronde pertama, ia tak pernah kehilangan satu set pun. Juga dalam menghadapi Luan Chin, juara dunia versi Federasi Bulu tangkis Dunia (WBF) di semi final, King menang bersih. Pertarungan antara kedua finalis yang berbeda kiblat ini tampak berjalan alot. (Indonesia adalah anggota Federasi Bulutangkis Internasional — IBF). Tak ada bola dari King yang dilepas begitu saja oleh Han Tsien.

Set pertama dimenangkan King, 15-7, dengan 18 menit. Dalam set lanjutan, Han Tsien sempat memburu King 5-6, setelah ketinggalan 1-6. Tapi Han Tsien tak lama bertahan. Setelah bola berpindah tangan, ia kelihatan tak kuasa menahan tekanan. Dan King melaju dengan 7 angka tambahan. Sampai di situ, Han Tsien memperkecil ketinggalan lagi menjadi 11-13. “Agak gugup juga saya dibuat Han Tsien,” ujar King kemudian. Set ini diakhiri King 15-11 dalam 13 menit.

Melihat penampilan yang memukau itu, koran Bangkok Post, 20 Desember, tak ayal menurunkan judul menyolok: “Liem Swie King is shuttle king. ” Betulkah King raja bulutankis? Juara All England 1959, Hendra Kertanegara pernah memuji King, juara All England 1978. “Ia punya pukulan tak terlihat yang menyesatkan ala Finn Kobero dan Svend Pri,” kata Kertanegara. “Tipe permainan yang kurang kita punyai di sini.” Kobero dan Pri adalah pemain andalan Denmark. Hou Chia Chang, bintang RRC yang kini bermain ganda bersama Yu Yao Tung berpendapat lain. “King pemain baik,” kata Chang kepada Lukman Setiawan dari TEMPO. Tapi, “dalam soal pukulan (dia) masih kurang.” Pukulan King kurang keras? “Tidak. Bukan itu,” lanjutnya. “Fisiknya kuat, kakinya kuat, pukulannya keras. Cuma bila diajak bermain rally, pukulannya itu-itu saja. Tak banyak variasi.”

King, lahir di Kudus, 28 Pebruari 1956, memang agak kurang memberikan variasi pukulan bila diajak rally. Ia beberapa kali keteter sewaktu dibawa Han Tsien atau Luan Chin dalam beradu ulet. Ketika King pertama kali mengorbit di tahun 1974, pelatihnya, Agus Susanto, tampak sudah menyadari kekurangan anak asuhannya. “Lawan main jelek, ia juga jelek,” kata Susanto. Di AG VIII, King beruntung berkat pengalaman. Keteter dalam rally, diimbanginya dengan permainan cepat. “King memang unggul dalam kecepatan,” komentar pelatih RRC, Wang Wen Chiao. “Itu dimungkinkan karena staminanya bagus.”

Penampilan bulutangkis Indonesia, umumnya tidak mengecewakan. Di AG VII, Teheran 1974, mereka cuma membawa pulang 2 medali emas atas nama pasangan Tjuntjun/Johan Wahyudi dan ganda campuran Christian/Regina Masli. Sekarang mereka memboyong 4 dari 7 medali emas yang diperebutkan – 1 dari beregu putera dan 3 melalui nomor perorangan. Pemenang 3 nomor yang disebut terakhir ini adalah Liem Swie King (tunggal), Christian/Ade Chandra (ganda putera), dan Verawaty/Imelda Wiguna (ganda puteri).

Sumber : Arsip Majalah Tempo Online


Rudy Hartono, Liem Swie King, dan Misteri Final All England 1976

Pertandingan final tunggal putra All England pada 1976 masih menyimpan misteri besar untuk masyarakat Indonesia. Menyuguhkan All Indonesian Final yang mempertemukan Rudy Hartono dengan Liem Swie King, pencinta bulutangkis Tanah Air dibuat bertanya-tanya. King yang sedang dalam performa bagus di luar dugaan kalah dengan mudah dari Rudy dengan skor 7-15 dan 5-15.

Kontroversi tentang partai tersebut juga mendapat porsi istimewa di buku “Panggil Aku King” yang ditulis Robert Adhi KSP. Pada cover belakang buku itu tercantum pertanyaan tentang final itu.

Dalam final All England 1976, Liem Swie King “kalah” dari Rudy Hartono. Rudy menjadi juara ke delapan kali. Apa yang terjadi sebenarnya? Benarkah Liem Swie King diminta mengalah? Mengapa pemilik PB Djarum, Budi Hartono, kecewa pada penampilan King waktu itu?

Liem Swie King diyakini diminta untuk mengalah kepada Rudy Hartono yang merupakan seniornya di pelatnas. Apalagi kemenangan di final bakal mengantar Rudy mengukir sejarah baru, sebagai pemain yang paling banyak mengoleksi gelar juara All England di nomor tunggal putra, tepatnya sebanyak delapan kali. Yang menjadi pertanyaan, jika analisis itu benar, siapa pihak yang meminta King mengalah? Salah satu kecurigaan mengarah pada Persatuan Bulutangkis Seluruh Indonesia (PBSI). Tapi, hingga sekarang tak ada bukti yang membenarkan dugaan tersebut.

Kecurigaan ada pengaturan hasil pertandingan final itu muncul bukan tanpa alasan. Pada All England 1976, King sedang pada performa terbaik, sehingga melaju mulus tanpa hambatan dan bahkan mampu mengalahkan pemain-pemain kuat, Sture Johnson di semifinal dan Svend Pri di perempat final. Kedua pertandingan tersebut dilalui King tanpa hambatan berarti.

Keadaan terbalik justru dialami Rudy yang harus menguras keringat saat berhadapan dengan pebulutangkis asal Denmark, Flemening Delfs, di babak semifinal. Rudy pun tampil di final dalam kondisi kalah bugar dibanding sang junior di partai puncak. Di atas kertas, King sangat diunggulkan untuk bisa menjadi juara All England dengan mengalahkan Rudy di partai final.

Namun, performa King yang impresif di babak perempat final dan semifinal tidak terlihat ketika berhadapan dengan Rudy di partai puncak. Dia dianggap bermain setengah hati sehingga Rudy bisa menang dengan relatif mudah.

Pada buku “Panggil Aku King”, Liem Swie King mengaku diomeli habis-habisan oleh pemilik Djarum, Budi Hartono, saat tiba di Indonesia.

“Pak Budi merasa heran mengapa pertandingan selesai begitu cepat dan aku terlihat tidak bersemangat melawan Rudy Hartono. Budi mengatakan bahwa dia melatihku susah payah selama ini agar aku menjadi juara, bukan bertanding dengan tanpa semangat seperti terjadi di final All England 1976. Pak Budi menganggap aku bisa bertarung habis-habisan melawan Rudy Hartono, tetapi aku tidak melakukan itu,” urai King tentang memori final All England 1976.

King mengakui ditanya banyak orang tentang final kontroversial itu. Tak sedikit yang bertanya apakah King sengaja mengalah demi Rudy. Banyak fansnya yang tak percaya dengan hasil di final All England, apalagi setelah turnamen prestisius tersebut Liem Swie King tampil gemilang membekuk para rival-rivalnya.

Namun, di buku tersebut King tak memberikan jawaban gamblang atas misteri final All England 1976. Dia hanya mengaku menyesal gagal memenangi pertandingan puncak tersebut. Tak ada pengakuan maupun bantahan bahwa dia sengaja diminta mengalah demi Rudy Hartono.

“Aku memang sangat menyesal aku tidak menjadi juara All England 1976. Padahal aku merasa di puncak prestasi dan kondisiku sangat fit. Aku menunjukkan bahwa aku mampu ketika uji coba menjelang Piala Thomas, aku mengalahkan semua pemain, baik Rudy Hartono, Iie Sumirat, maupun Tjun Tjun. Aku sungguh menyesal tidak bermain habis-habisan sampai ‘berdarah-darah’ dalam partai final All England itu,” ujar Liem Swie King menutup ceritanya tentang rahasia final All England 1976.

Kemenangan atas King mengukuhkan Rudy sebagai peraih gelar juara All England terbanyak di nomor tinggal dengan delapan kemenangan. Yang istimewa, tujuh gelar di antaranya diraih Rudy secara beruntun pada pada periode 1968-1974. Gelar juara sempat lepas dari tangan Rudy setelah kalah dari pemain Denmark, Svend Pri, pada 1975.

Gelar juara pada 1976 menjadi prestasi Rudy yang terakhir di ajang All England. Prestasi Rudy di nomor tunggal putra All England belum berhasil disamai pemain manapun hingga kini.

Erland Korps dari Denmark pernah meraih tujuh gelar All England, tetapi prestasi itu diraih dalam kurun waktu 10 tahun.

Lalu, setelah sekian dekade berlalu, apakah misteri final All England 1976 berhasil dipecahkan? Jawabannya tidak. Hingga kini, Liem Swie King maupun Rudy Hartono tetap bungkam soal rahasia di balik partai final kontroversial tersebut.

Satu hal yang pasti, keduanya adalah pebulutangkis hebat yang menjadi legenda dan pernah dimiliki Indonesia. Bisa jadi pertandingan bukan hanya soal menang atau kalah buat para legenda seperti mereka. Mungkin faktor itu yang membuat Rudy Hartono dan Liem Swie King yang tetap menyimpan jawaban seputar pertanyaan di final All England 1976. Entah sampai kapan.


King Sanggup Kalahkan Lin Dan atau Chong Wei

Kompas – 21/03/2012

Legenda bulu tangkis Indonesia, Liem Swie King meminta para pemain bulu tangkis Indonesia tidak perlu takut menghadapi pemain-pemain utama dunia.

Kalau kita selalu menjaga kondisi dan konsistensi dalam pertandingan, kita akan selalu siap menghadapi pemain dengan kemampuan apa pun,” kata Liem Swie King di Jakarta, Rabu (21/3).

Liem Swie King merupakan pemain legendaris Indonesia pada dekade 1970-1980-an. Di masa jayanya, pemain kelahiran Kudus ini pernah tiga kali menjadi juara tunggal putera All England (1978, 1979 dan 1981). King juga dikenal piawai bermain ganda putera bersama Christian Hadinata, Kartono Hariatmanto atau pun Bobby Ertanto. Ia mengundurkan diri di usia 32 pada 1988.

King muncul setelah surutnya era kegemilangan maestro bulu tangkis Rudy Hartono. Berbeda dengan gaya permainan Rudy yang mengandalkan strokes, permainan Liem Swie King pada awal karirnya sangat mengandalkan tenaga dan kecepatan yang dikenal dengan gaya permainan “speed and power game.” King juga yang memopulerkan smash dengan loncatan yang dikenal dengan istilah, “King’s smash.”

King juga dianggap sebagai pemain dengan stamina yang luar biasa. Ia mampu bermain rangkap tunggal dan ganda pada saat permainan bulu tangkis masih menggunakan sistem service over dengan angka maksmial 18.

Menurut King yang telah berusia 56 tahun, perkembangan gaya permainan di tunggal saat ini jauh berbeda dengan ganda putera. “Di nomor ganda permainan sekarang sangat cepat dan membutuhkan defense yang sangat bagus. Sementara untuk tunggal masih ada reli mau pun drive yang tidak jauh berbeda dengan jaman saya,” kata King.

Menurutnya, mandeknya perkembangan teknik di nomor tunggal putera diperlihatkan dengan masih eksisnya pemain-pemain lama sepertri Lee Chong Wei, Lin Dan, Peter Gade bahkan Taufik Hidayat. “Teknik dan stroke mereka memang bagus dan sistem poin sekarang membantu mereka masih mampu bersaing dengan pemain muda,” kata King.

Karena itulah, final Olimpiade London Juli mendatang menurut King keumungkinan besar akan mempertemukan Lee Chong Wei dan Lin Dan. “Memang secara motivasi, Lee Chong Wei lebih tinggi karena belum pernah juara. Tetapi kalau menurut saya, Lin Dan akan meraih lagi medali emas olimpiade.”

Membandingkan permainan pemain sekarang dengan pada masa jayanya, King mengatakan ia sanggup mengalahkan Lin Dan atau pun Lee Chong Wei. “Tetapi dengan kondisi saya pada usia 20-an ya. Jangan membayangkan saya pada masa menjelang pensiun. Saya kira kalau seusia, saya masih bisa. Setidaknya permainan akan berlangsung seru…”


Rudy Hartono Kurniawan

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Rudy Hartono Kurniawan

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Rudy Hartono Kurniawan (Hanzi: 梁海量, Nio Hap Liang; translasi fonetik nama Indonesianya ke bahasa Tionghoa: 哈托诺 Hatuonuo; lahir di Surabaya, Jawa Timur, 18 Agustus 1949; umur 68 tahun) adalah seorang mantan pemain bulu tangkis Indonesia. Ia pernah memenangkan kejuaraan dunia pada tahun 1980, dan Kejuaraan All England selama 8 kali pada tahun 1960-an dan 1970-an.

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Rudy Hartono Kurniawan Biodata

Sejarah


Masa kecil

Rudy Hartono adalah anak ketiga dari 9 bersaudara yang lahir dari pasangan Zulkarnain Kurniawan. Orang tua Rudy tinggal di Jalan Kaliasin 49 (sekarang Jalan Basuki Rahmat), Surabaya, Jawa Timur dan bekerja sebagai penjahit pakaian pria. Selain itu orang tua Rudy juga mempunyai usaha pemrosesan susu sapi di Wonokromo, Jawa Timur.

Seperti anak-anak seumuran lainnya, Rudy kecil juga tertarik dengan berbagai macam olahraga sejak SD, terutama atletik dan renang. Pada masa SMP dia juga berkecimpung di olahraga bola voli dan pada masa SMA dia juga adalah pemain sepak bola yang handal. Tapi dari semua olahraga yang dia ikuti, keinginan terbesarnya akhirnya hanya jatuh pada permainan bulu tangkis. Pada usia 9 tahun, Rudy kecil sudah menunjukkan bakatnya di bulu tangkis. Tetapi ayahnya baru menyadarinya ketika Rudi sudah berumur 11 tahun. Sebelum itu Rudy hanya berlatih di jalan raya aspal di depan kantor PLN di Surabaya, yang sebelumnya dikenal dengan Jalan Gemblongan — ditulis oleh Rudy Hartono dalam bukunya Rajawali dengan Jurus Padi (1986). Rudy berlatih hanya pada hari Minggu, dari pagi hari hingga pukul 10 malam. Setelah merasa cukup, Rudy memutuskan utuk mengikuti kompetisi-kompetisi kecil yang ada di sekitar Surabaya yang pada masa itu biasanya hanya diterangi oleh sinar lampu petromax.

Setelah ayahnya menyadari bakat anaknya, maka Rudy kecil mulai dilatih secara sistematik pada Asosiasi Bulu Tangkis Oke dengan pola latihan yang telah ditentukan oleh ayahnya. Sekedar informasi, ayah Rudy juga pernah menjadi pemain bulu tangkis pada masa mudanya. Zulkarnain pernah bermain di kompetisi kelas utama di Surabaya. Zulkarnain pertama kalinya bermain untuk Asosiasi Bulu Tangkis Oke yang dia dirikan sendiri pada tahun 1951. Di asosiasi ini ayah Rudy juga melatih para pemain muda. Program kepelatihannya ditekankan pada empat hal utama yaitu: kecepatan, pengaturan napas yang baik, konsistensi permainan dan sifat agresif dalam menjemput target. Tidak mengherankan banyak program kepelatihannya lebih menekankan pada sisi atletik, seperti lari jarak panjang dan pendek dan juga latihan melompat (high jump).

Ketika Rudy mulai berlatih di Asosiasi yang dimiliki ayah pada saat itulah Rudy merasakan latihan profesional yang sesungguhnya. Pada saat itu asosiasi tempat ayah Rudy melatih hanya mempunyai ruangan latihan di gudang gerbong kereta api di PJKA Karangmenjangan. Dengan kondisi seperti itu Rudy tetap berlatih dengan bersemangat bahkan dia merasa bahwa tempat latihan ayahnya jauh lebih baik dari tempat latihan sebelumnya karena ruangan gedung telah memakai cahaya lampu listrik sehingga dia bisa tetap berlatih dengan maksimal sampai malam hari. Selain itu lapangan yang disediakan juga lebih baik dibanding sebelumnya dan juga ada kantin yang berada di samping gedung latihan.

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Awal Karier

Setelah beberapa lama bergabung dengan grup ayahnya, akhirnya Rudy memutuskan untuk pindah ke grup bulu tangkis yang lebih besar yaitu Grup Rajawali, grup yang telah melahirkan banyak pemain bulu tangkis dunia. Pada awal dia bergabung dengan grup ini, Rudy merasa sudah menemukan grup terbaik untuk mengembangkan bakat bulu tangkisnya. Akan tetapi setelah berdiskusi dengan ayahnya, Rudy mengakui bahwa jika dia ingin kariernya di bulu tangkis meningkat maka dia harus pindah ke tempat latihan yang lebih baik, oleh sebab itu Rudy memutuskan untuk pindah pada Pusat Pelatihan Thomas Cup pada akhir tahun 1965. Tak lama setelah itu, penampilan Rudy semakin membaik. Bahkan dia turut ambil bagian dalam memenangkan Thomas Cup untuk Indonesia pada tahun 1967. Pada umur 18 tahun, untuk pertama kalinya Rudy memenangkan titel Juara All England dengan mengalahkan Tan Aik Huang dari Malaysia dengan hasil akhir 15-12 dan 15-9. Setelah itu dia terus memenangkan titel ini sampai dengan tahun 1974.

Perolehan Medali

Perolehan medal

Statistik Karier


Final Turnamen BWF/IBF

Tunggal – Menang

Final turnamen BWF

Final Turnamen Internasional

Tunggal – Menang

Final turnamen internasional-Menang

Tunggal – Juara II

Final turnamen internasional-Juara 2

Ganda – Juara II

Final turnamen internasional-Juara 2-Ganda

Daftar prestasi pada kejuaraan All England

  • 1968: Menang – mengalahkan Tan Aik Huang, (Malaysia)
  • 1969: Menang – mengalahkan Darmadi (Indonesia)
  • 1970: Menang – mengalahkan Svend Pri (Denmark)
  • 1971: Menang – mengalahkan Muljadi (Indonesia)
  • 1972: Menang – mengalahkan Svend Pri (Denmark)
  • 1973: Menang – mengalahkan Christian Hadinata (Indonesia)
  • 1974: Menang – mengalahkan Punch Gunalan (Malaysia)
  • 1975: Kalah – dikalahkan Svend Pri (Denmark)
  • 1976: Menang – mengalahkan Liem Swie King (Indonesia)
  • 1977: – Tidak ikut
  • 1978: Kalah – dikalahkan Liem Swie King (Indonesia)

Penghargaan


Tanda Kehormatan Republik Indonesia Bintang Jasa Utama

Kegiatan di luar bulu tangkis


  • Pengusaha oli merek Top 1
  • Pemain film “Matinya Seorang Bidadari” (1971) bersama Poppy Dharsono

Tan Joe Hok: Rekor Rudy Hartono Abadi

CNN Indonesia Minggu, 22/03/2015 08:55 WIB

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Menurut salah satu legenda bulutangkis Indonesia, Tan Joe Hok, pencapaian legenda bulutangkis tanah air lainnya, Rudy Hartono, di kompetisi tertua dunia bulutangkis All England tak akan pernah bisa dilampaui oleh pemain lain.

Dalam periode tahun 1968 hingga 1974, nama Rudy memang terus-menerus terukir pada trofi All England selama tujuh kali berturut-turut.

Bahkan pada 1976, Rudy menjadi atlet bulutangkis terbanyak yang mampu meraih gelar All England, setelah mengalahkan sesama pebulutangkis Indonesia, Liem Swie King di partai puncak. Hingga kini pun, rekor delapan kali juara All England tersebut tak tersentuh oleh pebulutangkis lainnya.

Saya rasa pencapaian Rudy di All England tidak akan pernah mampu disamai oleh pemain-pemain lain,” ujar Tan Joe Hok ketika dihubungi CNN Indonesia, Selasa (17/3).

Saingan terdekat Rudy, Erland Kops, hanya berhenti di gelar ketujuh dan mengingat pebulutangkis asal Denmark tersebut telah menggantung raketnya, rekor Rudy ini tampaknya masih akan bertahan selama satu abad mendatang.

Pebulutangkis asal Tiongkok yang saat ini masih aktif di dunia bulutangkis, Lin Dan, juga hanya berhenti gelar kelima, serta gagal menambah koleksi gelarnya saat terhenti di semifinal All England tahun ini.

Usaha pebulutangkis masa kini untuk menumbangkan rekor Rudy juga dianggap Tan Joe Hok terbentur kepada jumlah turnamen bulutangkis yang kian meningkat dewasa ini.

Jika dibandingkan pada masanya, yang hanya ada turnamen besar seperti Glasgow, Amerika Serikat, Kanada, dan All England, atlet bulutangkis masa kini seringkali telah ‘kehabisan tenaga’ di turnamen-turnamen lain, sehingga gagal tampil maksimal di All England.

Pemain Langka

Sosok Rudy di dunia bulutangkis Indonesia sendiri dianggap Tan Joe Hok sebagai sosok yang langka.

Terlebih lagi determinasi dan kemauannya untuk bekerja keras dianggap oleh Tan Joe Hok tersebut sebagai sesuatu yang sulit ditemukan dalam diri pemain lain.

“Dari awal saya sudah berpikir dia akan menjadi pemain hebat,” ujar Tan Joe Hok melanjutkan. “Saat latihan benar-benar fokus, tidak mau kalah, dan tidak mau menyerah.”

Barang langka, sulit untuk mencari orang seperti dia.”

Selain itu, Tan Joe Hok juga menilai Rudy merupakan tipe atlet yang akan selalu berusaha untuk mengejar kemenangan, bukan hanya sekedar bermain ‘cantik’ untuk menghibur suporter di lapangan.

Di dunia bulutangkis ada dua jenis pemain, ujar Tan Joe Hok.

  • “Yang pertama adalah pemain yang memiliki pukulan hebat, bermain cantik, tetapi tidak selalu menang.”
  • “Sedangkan satu lagi merupakan tipe pemain yang pukulannya mungkin tidak terlalu hebat, tetapi selalu meraih kemenangan. Itulah Rudy. Permainan dia itu istilahnya tak mementingkan style.”

Kini kedua legenda bulutangkis ini telah sama-sama menggantung raketnya, namun prestasi mereka tak akan hilang ditelan zaman. Terlebih pencapaian mereka telah menjadi kebanggaan bersama bangsa Indonesia, serta meletakkan fondasi kuat di dunia bulutangkis tanah air yang kita kenal saat ini.


Rudy Hartono: Sang Maestro Bulutangkis Indonesia

Oleh: Suharyani. November 27, 2014

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Rudy Hartono Kurniawan lahir pada 18 Agustus 1949 di Surabya, Jawa Timur. Nama Rudy dalam bahasa China: Nio Hap Liang. Dia merupakan anak ketiga dari sembilan bersaudara yang lahir dari pasangan Zulkarnain dan Endang Suryaningsih. Dia memiliki dua orang kakak yang bernama Freddy Harsono dan Diana Veronica, serta memiliki enam orang adik. Rudy menganut agama Kristen Protestan. Orang tuanya tinggal di Jalan Kaliasi 49 (sekarang Jalan Basuki Rahmat), Surabaya, Jawa Timur dan bekerja sebagai penjahit pakaian pria dan mempunyai usaha pemrosesan susu sapi di Wonokromo, Jawa Timur.

Seperti anak-anak seumuran lainnya, Rudy kecil juga tertarik dengan berbagai macam olahraga. Sejak SD, terutama atletik dan renang. Pada masa SMP dia juga berkecimpung di olahraga bola voli dan pada masa SMA dia adalah pemain sepak bola yang handal. Tapi dari semua olahraga yang diikutinya, keinginan terbesarnya akhirnya hanya jatuh pada permainan bulutangkis. Pada usia 9 tahun, dia sudah menunjukkan bakatnya di bulutangkis. Tetapi, ayahnya baru menyadarinya ketika dia sudah berumur 11 tahun.

Sebelum itu, Rudy hanya berlatih di Jalan raya di depan kantor PLN di Surabaya yang sebelumnya dikenal dengan jalan Gemblongan. Dia berlatih hanya pada hari Minggu dari pagi hingga pukul 10 malam. Setelah merasa cukup, dia memutuskan untuk mengikuti kompetisi-kompetisi kecil di sekitar Surabaya yang pada masa itu hanya diterangi oleh lampu petromax. Setelah ayahnya menyadari bakat anaknya, maka Rudy kecil mulai dilatih secara sistematik pada Asoiasi Bulutangkis Oke dengan pola latihan yang ditentukan ayahnya. Program kepelatihannya di tekankan pada empat hal utama yaitu: kecepatan, pengaturan napas, konsistensi permainan dan sifat agresif dalam menjemput target. Pada saat itu asosiasi tempat ayah Rudy melatih hanya mempunyai latihan di gudang gerbang kereta api di PJKA Karangmenjangan. Dia merasa bahwa tempat latihan ayahnya jauh lebih baik dari tempat latihan sebelumnya karena ruangan gedung telah memakai cahaya lampu listrik sehingga dia tetap bisa berlatih dengan maksimal.

Setelah beberapa lama bergabung dengan grup ayahnya, akhirnya Rudy memutuskan untuk pindah ke grup bulutangkis yang lebih besar yaitu Rajawali Group yang telah banyak menghasilkan pemain bulutangkis dunia. Namun, setelah mendapat masukan ayahnya. Ia mengakui bahwa jika ingin kemampuan dan kariernya di bulutangkis meningkat maka dia harus pindah ke tempat latihan yang lebih baik. Oleh karena itu, Rudy lantas bergabung dengan Pusat Pelatihan Nasional untuk Thomas Cup di akhir 1965. Setelah bergabung dengan Pusat Pelatihan Nasional untuk Thomas Cup, kemampuannya meningkat pesat.

Rudy telah menjadi bagian dari Thomas Cup yang menang pada 1967. Setahun kemudian, di usia 18 tahun dia meraih juara pertama di Kejuaraan All England mengalahkan pemain Malaysia, Tan Aik Huang dengan skor 15-12 dan 15-9. Dia kemudian menjadi juara di tahun-tahun berikutnya hingga 1974. Namun, nampaknya kedigdayaannya tidak berlangsung lama. Pada 1975, dia kalah dari Svend Pri. Tetapi, gelar juara All England dia rebut kembali pada 1976. Pada tahun yang sama, tanggal 28 Agustus setelah memperoleh gelar juaranya ke 8 dalam kompetisi All England Rudy Hartono menikahi Jane Anwar dan di karuniai dua orang anak yaitu Christoper Hartono dan Chistine Hartini Kurniawan. Bersama tim Indonesia, Rudy menjuarai Thomas Cup pada 1970, 1973, dan 1976. Setelah absen selama dua tahun, dia tampil kembali pada Kejuaraan Dunia Bulutangkis II di Jakarta pada tahun 1980. Semula dimaksudkan sebagai pendamping, ternyata secara mengagumkan Rudy keluar sebagai juara. Berhadapan dengan Liem Swing King di final, pada usia 31 tahun dia membuktikan dirinya sebagai maestro tangguh. Dia dijuluki sebagai ‘Wonder Boy’, karena sampai saat ini belum ada satu pun atlet bulutangkis dunia yang mengalahkan rekor prestasinya dengan 8 kali menjuarai kompetisi bulutangkis tertua di dunia yaitu All England.

Berikut ini adalah daftar perstasi Rudy Hartono: Juara tunggal putra All England 8 kali (1968, 1969, 1070, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, dan 1976), Runner Up All England disektor ganda putra tahun 1971, Runner Up All England (1975,1978), Juara bersama Tim Thomas Cup Indonesia 4 kali (1970, 1973, 1976, 1979), Runner Up bersama Tim Thomas 2 kali (1967,1982), Juara dunia Cup Championship 1980, Juara Denmark open 3 kali (1971, 1972, 1974), Juara Canadian open 2 kali (1969, 1971), Juara US Open 1969, Juara Japan open 1981, Juara cabang olahraga percobaan pada olimpiade 1972 di Munich. Selain itu, Rudy juga memperoleh banyak penghargaan dari dalam maupun luar negeri seperti Asian Heroes, Time Magazine tahun 2006, Tercatat dalam Guiness Book Of World Records tahun 1982, Olahragawan terbaik SIWO/PWI pada tahun 1969 dan 1974, IBF Distinguished Service Awards 1985, IBF Herbert Scheele Trophy 1986, Honorary Diploma tahun 1987 dari The International Committee’s “Fair Play” Award, dan Tanda Kehormatan Republik Indonesia Jasa Utama.

Pada tahun 1971, Rudy Hartono pernah mencoba dunia akting dengan bermain di layar lebar bersama Poppy Dharsono dalam film yang berjudul “Matinya Seorang Bidadari”. Dan kemudian di tahun 1986, dia menerbitkan bukunya yang berjudul “Rajawali Dengan Jurus Padi” dalam bukunya tersebut Rudy menuliskan kisah perjalanan hidupnya.

Dan pada tahun 1982, Rudy Hartono menggantungkan raketnya sekaligus menutup masa keatletannya. Bahkan, pada tahun 1988 dia sudah tidak bisa lagi bermain bulutangkis walaupun hanya latihan ringan saja, dikarenakan operasi jantung yang telah dia jalani di Australia. Meskipun itu, Rudy tetap terlibat dalam olahraga yang dia tekuni semenjak kecil ini, walau hanya dari pinggir lapangan. Olahragawan terbaik SIWO/PWI tahun 1969 dan 1974 ini menjadi Ketua Bidang Pembinaan PB PBSI dalam kurun waktu 1981-1985 dibawah kepengurusan Ferry Sonneville. Selain itu, dengan materi yang dimilikinya, ditunjang oleh hubungan yang luas dengan banyak pengusaha, dan hasil kuliahnya di Fakultas Ekonomi Universitas Trisakti Jakarta dia mengembangkan bisnis. Peternakan sapi perah di Sukabumi adalah awal mulanya dia bergerak dalam bisnis susu. Dia juga bergerak dalam bisnis alat olahraga dengan mengageni merk Mikasa, Ascot, dan Yonex. Kemudian melalui Havilah Citra Foootwear yang didirikan pada tahun 1996, dia mengimpor berbagai macam pakaian olahraga. Selain itu, Rudy pun pernah menjadi pengusaha di merek Top 1. Dan berkat nama besarnya di dunia bulutangkis, United Nations Development (UNDP) menunjuk dirinya sebagai duta bangsa untuk Indonesia.

Rudy Hartono adalah salah satu orang yang sangat berkontribusi besar dalam mengharumkan nama Indonesia dimata dunia Internasional lewat permainan bulutangkisnya. Puluhan gelar telah dia dapatkan, bahkan belum ada atlet yang mampu menandinginya. Berbagai penghargaan dari Internasional juga pernah dia dapatkan. Rudy Hartono juga sukses mencetak pemain-pemain muda berbakat lainnya, seperti Alan Budi Kusuma yang sukses meraih gelar juara di Olimpiade Barcelona tahun 1992. Meskipun Rudy Hartono adalah seorang pembulutangkis yang hebat, dia tetap rendah hati dan tidak pernah bersikap sombong.


Percaya Diri, Sakit Gigi, Juara All England Delapan Kali

Sabtu, 21/03/2015

Rudy Hartono, Juara All England tujuh kali beruntun dan delapan kemenangan secara keseluruhan.

Dalam deret kalimat itu, ada kehebatan, ketekunan, kerja keras, konsistensi, dan ada pula keberuntungan.

Rudy pertama kali memesona publik saat tampil di Piala Thomas 1967. Meskipun Indonesia kalah di partai final, namun Rudy sukses menyumbang dua poin di babak final dengan mengalahkan dua tunggal Malaysia, Tan Aik Huang dan Yew Cheng Hoe.

“Saat itu saya sudah disebut-sebut sebagai calon bintang bulu tangkis masa depan Indonesia. Karena saat itu saya baru berusia 17 tahun,” ujar Rudy mengenang.

Kemunculan Rudy pun seolah menjadi jawaban atas pergantian generasi bulu tangkis Indonesia setelah pada dekade sebelumnya nama Ferry Sonneville dan Tan Joe Hok menjadi ujung tombak nomor tunggal Indonesia.

“Saat itu saya langsung menjadi pebulu tangkis nomor satu di Indonesia. Meski demikian tetap saja keraguan mengalir perihal keberangkatan ke All England,” ucap Rudy.

“Padahal saya punya dasar keyakinan. Tan Aik Huang yang saya kalahkan di final Piala Thomas saja pernah jadi juara All England karena itulah saya pun yakin bahwa saya punya kemampuan untuk itu,” kata Rudy melanjutkan.

Selain hal itu, keyakinan Rudy juga lantaran persiapan yang ia lakukan begitu panjang dan intens jelang All England tersebut.

“Saya berlatih selama lima bulan, tanpa pelatih, sehingga saya harus menyusun program sendiri. Saya begitu fokus dalam latihan setiap harinya karena saya ingin menjadi juara di Inggris,” tutur Rudy.

Latihan keras Rudy pun terbayar di lapangan. Dalam perjalanan ke babak final, Rudy hanya kehilangan satu game, yaitu saat menang rubber game atas Sven Andersen, 15-9, 12-15, 15-9.

Di babak final, Rudy ternyata bertemu Tan Aik Huang. Rudy sukses menuntaskan perjalanan debutnya di All England dengan gelar juara usai menang 15-12, 15-9.

“Saya gembira begitupun rakyat Indonesia apalagi saat itu kita mendapat dua gelar (Indonesia juga juara di nomor ganda putri lewat Minarni Soedaryanto/Retno Koestijah). Di nomor tunggal putra, setelah hampir satu dekade, akhirnya ada lagi juara All England dari Indonesia.”

Sakit Gigi di London

Banyak yang bertanya seperti apa kondisi fisik Rudy di tiap tahunnya, sehingga ia bisa menjuarai All England selama tujuh tahun beruntun dan delapan kali secara keseluruhan.

Kondisi fisik prima jelas menjadi salah satu syarat mutlak untuk terciptanya performa yang konsisten selama tujuh tahun beruntun itu.

“Ya, skill dan fisik yang prima itu pasti bisa diciptakan lewat latihan dan persiapan yang baik. Saya rata-rata melakukan persiapan selama tiga bulan jelang All England,” ucap Rudy.

“Namun tak dimungkiri juga pasti ada masalah soal kebugaran tubuh saya ketika itu.”

Rudy pun kemudian mengenang saat dirinya sakit gigi di tahun 1970.

“Sebelum berangkat saya sehat-sehat saja. Namun begitu sampai di sana gigi saya sakit sekali rasanya padahal esoknya sudah mau bertanding. Karena itu mau tak mau saya harus segera cari dokter dan cabut gigi saya,” tutur pria kelahiran Surabaya ini.

“Beruntung esoknya sudah tidak terasa lagi sakitnya. Saya pun bisa bertanding tanpa gangguan.”

Selain sakit gigi, Rudy pun mengaku bahwa ia juga sempat mengalami beberapa kendala pada tubuhnya selama perjuangannya meraih titel demi titel All England tiap tahunnya.

“Jika cedera-cedera ringan saya juga mengalaminya. Namun untuk cedera berat, saya tidak pernah mendapatkannya selama tujuh tahun dominasi saya di All England,” kata Rudy.

“Di situlah keberuntungan juga sepertinya berperan sehingga saya bisa hampir selalu berada dalam kondisi fit setiap All England digelar,” ucapnya menambahkan.

Erland Kops Si Pemicu

Menjadi juara All England tujuh kali beruntun, selain skill dan kondisi yang prima, fokus dan konsentrasi juga memegang peranan penting.

Setelah menjadi juara dari tahun ke tahun, tak dimungkiri kadang perasaan jenuh bisa menghampiri seorang atlet. Hal itu bisa jadi akan membuat mereka kehilangan fokus, motivasi atau bahkan meremehkan lawan-lawan yang ada.

“Saat saya sudah jadi juara untuk ketiga kalinya memang saya sempat bertanya,’kok saya bisa juara All England lagi, berturut-turut, padahal saingannya juga banyak.’ Begitu yang saya pikirikan,” tutur Rudy.

“Namun saya tidak pernah mengalami apa yang disebut kehilangan motivasi. Pasalnya, di atas saya sudah ada yang pernah menjadi juara All England empat kali beruntun yaitu Erland Kops. Maka dari itu saya terpacu ingin mengalahkan rekornya,” ujar pria kelahiran 18 Agustus ini menambahkan.

Karena terpacu oleh rekor Kops itulah, Rudy tidak pernah menganggap remeh lawan-lawan dalam keikutsertaannya pada turnamen All England.

“Setelah saya menumbangkan rekor kemenangan beruntun, saya pun terpacu untuk mengalahkan rekor kemenangan terbanyak di All England, juga atas nama Kops, sebanyak tujuh gelar juara,” ucap Rudy.

“Hal itulah yang akhirnya membawa saya terus memacu diri hingga akhirnya berhasil memenangkan All England sebanyak delapan kali.”


8 Piala All England Tersimpan dengan Baik di Rumah Rudy Hartono

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Rekor Rudy Hartono di All England belum terpecahkan. Delapan piala sebagai juara ajang bulutangkis tertua disimpan dengan baik di kediamannya. 

Sejak memutuskan untuk menjadi pemain profesional bulutangkis, Rudy, 57 tahun, langsung memasang target untuk menjadi juara All England. Ajang itu menjadi kejuaraan paling bergengsi. Federasi bulutangkis dunia baru mulai menggelar Kejuaraan Dunia 1977 dan bulutangkis baru dihelat di Olimpiade pada 1992. 

Bahkan sampai saat ini, All England masih dianggap sebagai kejuaraan prestisius bagi para pemain bulutangkis dunia. Ajang itu dianggap se-level Grand Slam Wimbledon pada tenis. Sebagai kejuaraan klasik dengan aura magis, setiap pemain ingin mencatatkan diri sebagai juara. 

“All England itu kejuaraan yang bergengsi, seperti Wimbledon pada tenis. Kalau sudah jadi juara maka seorang petenis akan mengincar juara sesering mungkin,” kata Rudy dalam obrolan dengan detikSport, Jumat (10/3/2017).

Dengan motivasi itu, Rudy berhasil menjadi juara sejak penampilan pertamanya di All England pada 1968. Rudy sekaligus mencatatkan diri sebagai juara All England Termuda kala itu, umur 18 tahun dan tujuh bulan

Namun Rudy tak mau berhenti di sana. Dia melanjutkan sukses tersebut sampai enam tahun beruntun. Rudy pun tercatat sebagai pemilik Juara All England Tujuh Kali Beruntun (1968-1974). Saat tampil dalam All England ke delapan pada 1975, gelar juara lepas dari tangan Rudy. Dia dikalahkan pemain Denmark, Svend Pri di final.

“Kenapa saat itu saya kalah di final? Sulit untuk mempertahankan juara tujuh kali beruntun. Sudah tujuh kali juara itu sulit untuk mempertahankannya pada tahun ke delapan. Bahkan sampai saat ini belum ada lagi kan yang mampu menyamai rekor saya?” tutur Rudy. 

Setahun kemudian, Rudy sukses meraih gelar juara lagi. Dalam edisi tersebut tercipta All Indonesian Final. Rudy mengalahkan Liem Swie King di partai final. 

“Di antara semua gelar juara itu, yang pertama dan yang ketujuh sebagai momen paling mengesankan. Piala-piala itu saya simpan di rumah. Saya juga menyimpan harapan ada juara lagi dari nomor tunggal, mau putra ataupun putri, dari Indonesia,” ungkap Rudy yang kini menjadi ketua umum PB Jaya Raya Jakarta itu. 

Indonesia memang sudah cukup lama tak menjadi juara di nomor tunggal. Juara tunggal putra terakhir dicatatkan Haryanto Arbi pada 1994 atau 23 tahun lalu. Penantian dengan durasi yang sama juga terjadi pada nomor tunggal putri. Belum muncul lagi juara sejak Susy Susanti menjadi kampiun pada 1994

Rudy harus menunggu lebih lama lagi untuk mewujudkan harapan itu. Wakil Indonesia di nomor tunggal sudah habis sejak All England 2017 sampai di babak kedua. 


Rudy Hartono resmikan sekolah bulu tangkis untuk SD

Jumat, 28 November 2014

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“Setahun akan kelihatan, siapa yang berbakat, 20 anak yang berbakat akan dimasukkan ke klub”

Legenda bulu tangkis Tanah Air Rudy Hartono meresmikan program sekolah bulu tangkis untuk tiga sekolah dasar (SD) yakni SDN Lawanggintung 2 Bogor, SDN Lawanggintung 1 Bogor, dan SDN Semeru di Bogor, Jawa Barat, Jumat.

“Ketika saya meraih juara All England pada 1972, kemudian saya menorehkan sejarah delapan kali juara All England, saya ingat bahwa saya harus membina calon atlet bulu tangkis sejak muda,” ujar Rudy didampingi oleh Wali Kota Bogor, Bima Arya.

Rudy Hartono berlatih bulu tangkis sejak berumur delapan tahun. Ayahnya yang berjasa membawa Rudy menjadi atlet dengan prestasi dunia. 

“Sekolah ini sebenarnya keinginan saya sejak lama, yang baru tercapai pada hari ini,” tambah dia yang juga Ketua Yayasan Olahragawan Indonesia (YOI) itu.

Dalam pelaksanaan program itu, pelatih-pelatih bulu tangkis dari YOI akan melatih sebanyak 250 murid SD. Mereka akan mendapat latihan satu kali dalam seminggu.

Dari latihan itu, diharapkan akan muncul bibit unggul atlet bulu tangkis Tanah Air.

“Setahun akan kelihatan, siapa yang berbakat, 20 anak yang berbakat akan dimasukkan ke klub,” jelas dia.

Rudy mengaku prihatin dengan menurunnya prestasi bulu tangkis di Tanah Air yang berimbas pada turunnya animo masyarakat akan aktivitas bulu tangkis.

“Program ini upaya konkret untuk mengakrabkan kembali bulu tangkis pada masyarakat,” katanya.

Wali Kota Bogor, Bima Arya, mengaku sangat antusias dengan program yang digagas oleh YOI itu.

“Memupuk semangat olahraga tidak bisa dikerjakan sendiri, tapi bersama-sama dengan pemerintah,” kata Bima.

Pemkot Bogor akan mendorong turnamen olahraga yang diikuti siswa. Bima mengharapkan dalam kurun waktu 10 tahun, akan ada atlet asal Bogor yang berprestasi tingkat dunia.

Editor: Fitri Supratiwi


Ciptakan Juara Dunia

Sabtu, 29 November 2014 – 14:40 WIB

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BOGOR – Pencarian bibit-bibit muda bulu tangkis Indonesia bisa dibilang masih belum berkembang. Karena itu, mantan juara dunia Rudy Hartono membuat program menciptakan talenta muda kepada siswa-siswi Sekolah Dasar (SD) untuk menjadi juara dunia di masa depan. 

Rudy ingin mewujudkan itu karena prestasi bulu tangkis Indonesia menurun saat ini. Padahal, saat era 1970- an hingga 1990-an, prestasi atlet bulu tangkis Indonesia begitu disegani di dunia. Bahkan, gairah masyarakat terhadap bulu tangkis ikut melesat. Sayang, kondisi positif itu tak bisa dipertahankan. 

Pebulu tangkis Merah Putihterbukti selalu kandas menggapai gelar juara atau paling tidak menjadi finalis. Di Piala Thomas dan Uber 2012, misalnya. Indonesia terlempar dari posisi 4 besar. Karena itu, Rudy ingin kembali mengakrabkan masyarakat Indonesia dengan bulu tangkis. 

Bekerja sama dengan Yayasan Olahragawan Indonesia (YOI), mereka mencanangkan program sekolah bulu tangkis untuk siswa SD. “Harus ada penerusnya. Jadi, harus ada pembinaan sejak usia dini. Keinginan saya baru terkabul kali ini, bulu tangkis masuk ke sekolah dasar. Saya percaya 10 tahun kemudian sudah ada yang menjadi pemain kelas dunia,” ucap Rudy, dalam acara peresmian Rudy Hartono Badminton School di SDN Lawanggintung 2, Bogor, Jawa Barat, kemarin. /Raikhul amar


 

George Best The Legendary Footballer

George Best Biography


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George Best (22 May 1946 – 25 November 2005) was a Northern Irish professional footballer who played as a winger for Manchester United and the Northern Ireland national team. In 1968, he won the European Cup with Manchester United, and was named the European Footballer of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year. The Irish Football Association described him as the “greatest player to ever pull on the green shirt of Northern Ireland”.

Born and brought up in Belfast, Best began his club career in England with Manchester United, with the scout who had spotted his talent at the age of 15 sending a telegram to manager Matt Busby which read: “I think I’ve found you a genius.” After making his debut for United aged 17, he scored 179 goals from 470 appearances over 11 years, and was the club’s top goalscorer in the league for five consecutive seasons.

One of the greatest dribblers of all time, his playing style combined pace, skill, balance, feints, two-footedness, goalscoring and the ability to beat defenders. Best unexpectedly quit United in 1974 at age 27, but returned to football for a number of clubs around the world in short spells, until retiring in 1984, age 37. In international football, he was capped 37 times and scored nine goals between 1964 and 1977, although a combination of the team’s performance and his lack of fitness in 1982 meant that he never played in the finals of a European Championship or World Cup.

Best was one of the first celebrity footballers, earning the nickname “El Beatle” in 1966, but his subsequent extravagant lifestyle led to various problems, most notably alcoholism, which he suffered from for the rest of his life. These issues affected him on and off the field, at times causing controversy. He said of his career: “I spent a lot of money on booze, birds [women] and fast cars – the rest I just squandered”. After football, he spent some time as a football analyst, but his financial and health problems continued into his retirement. He died in 2005, age 59, due to complications from the immunosuppressive drugs he needed to take after a liver transplant in 2002. He continued drinking after the liver transplant. Best was married twice, to two former models, Angie Best and then Alex Best. His son Calum Best was born in 1981 from his first marriage.

Best was voted 8th in the World Soccer 100 greatest football players of the 20th century election in 1999 and was voted 16th in the IFFHS World Player of the Century election in 1999. He was on the six man short list for the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Century in 1999. Best was one of the inaugural 22 inductees into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2002. In 2004, he was voted 19th in the public UEFA Golden Jubilee Poll and was named in the FIFA 100 list of the world’s greatest living players. Former Brazilian footballer Pelé stated, “George Best was the greatest player in the world”. Best was once quoted as saying, “Pelé called me the greatest footballer in the world. That is the ultimate salute to my life.” On what would have been his 60th birthday, Belfast City Airport was renamed the George Best Belfast City Airport. According to the BBC, Best was remembered by mourners at his public funeral held in Belfast as “the beautiful boy” [with a] “beautiful game”.

Mark Garnett and Richard Weight have explored the enduring appeal of George Best:

The British like their heroes to be tragic ones: possessed of enough glamour and talent for stardom to be lived vicariously through them; yet flawed and vulnerable enough for the public not to be threatened by their success.

Early Years and Family


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Best grew up on the Cregagh estate, east Belfast

George Best was the first child of Richard “Dickie” Best (1919–2008) and Anne Best (née Withers; 1922–1978). He was born on 22 May 1946 and grew up in Cregagh, east Belfast. Best was brought up in the Free Presbyterian faith. His father was a member of the Orange Order and as a boy George carried the strings of the banner in his local Cregagh lodge. In his autobiography, Best mentioned how important the order was to his family. Best had four sisters, Carol, Barbara, Julie and Grace, and one brother, Ian (Ian Busby Best). Best’s father died on 16 April 2008, at the age of 88, in the Ulster Hospital in Dundonald, Northern Ireland. Best’s mother Anne died from alcoholism-related cardiovascular disease in 1978, at the age of 55.

In 1957, the academically gifted Best passed the 11 plus and went to Grosvenor High School, but he soon played truant as the school specialised in rugby. Best then moved to Lisnasharragh Secondary School, reuniting him with friends from primary school and allowing him to focus on football. He grew up supporting Glentoran and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Club Career


Manchester United

At the age of 15, Best was discovered in Belfast by Manchester United scout Bob Bishop, whose telegram to United manager Matt Busby read: “I think I’ve found you a genius.” His local club Glentoran had previously rejected him for being “too small and light”. Best was subsequently given a trial and signed up by United’s chief scout Joe Armstrong. His first time moving to the club, Best quickly became homesick and stayed for only two days before going back home to Northern Ireland. He returned to Manchester and spent two years as an amateur, as English clubs were not allowed to take Northern Irish players on as apprentices. He was given a job as an errand boy on the Manchester Ship Canal, allowing him to train with the club twice a week.

Best made his First Division debut, aged 17, on 14 September 1963 against West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford in a 1–0 victory. He then dropped back into the reserves, before scoring his first goal for the first team in his second appearance in a 5–1 win over Burnley on 28 December. Manager Matt Busby then kept Best in the team, and by the end of the 1963–64 season, he had made 26 appearances, scoring six goals. Manchester United finished second, four points behind Liverpool. They also reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup, where a defeat to West Ham United cost Best the chance to break a record; in the final Preston North End’s Howard Kendall became the youngest ever player in a FA Cup Final – he shared the same birthday as Best. That same season, Best was a part of the Manchester United side that won the 1964 FA Youth Cup, the sixth FA Youth Cup won under the management of Jimmy Murphy, and the first since the 1958 Munich air disaster.

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The United Trinity statue of Best (left), Denis Law (centre) and Bobby Charlton (right) outside Old Trafford

Though opponents would often use rough play to try to stifle his technical ability, Busby ensured that “fierce, sometimes brutal” training sessions left Best well used to coping with tough challenges. In the 1964–65 season, his first full season as a first team regular, Best helped Manchester United to claim the league title. A 1–0 victory at Elland Road proved decisive as the title race came down to goal average between the “Red Devils” and bitter rivals Leeds United; Leeds did manage to gain some measure of revenge though by knocking Manchester United out of the FA Cup at the semi-final stage. Over the course of the campaign Best contributed 14 goals in 59 competitive games. He scored the opening goal of the 1965 FA Charity Shield at Old Trafford, which ended in a 2–2 draw with Liverpool.

The rising star of English football, Best was catapulted to superstar status at the age of 19 when he scored two goals in a European Cup quarter-final match against Benfica at the Estádio da Luz on 9 March 1966. The Portuguese media dubbed him “O Quinto Beatle”, “the fifth Beatle” in English, and on the team’s return to England Best was photographed in his new sombrero with the headline, “El Beatle”. His talent and showmanship made him a crowd and media favourite, and he went from being headline news in the back pages to the front pages. Other nicknames included the “Belfast Boy”, and he was often referred to as Georgie, or Geordie in his native Belfast. However United failed to win any major honours in the 1965–66 season, and Best was injured from 26 March onwards with a twisted knee following a bad tackle from a Preston North End player. However United staff claimed it was light ligament damage so as to keep Best on the field for the rest of the campaign. He had little faith in the United medical staff, and so he secretly saw Glentoran’s physiotherapist, who readjusted his ligaments in a painful procedure. His last game of the season, his knee strapped-up, came on 13 April, and ended in a 2–0 defeat to Partizan Belgrade at Partizan Stadium.

The 1966–67 season was again successful, as Manchester United claimed the league title by four points. Best stated that “if the championship was decided on home games we would win it every season. This time our away games made the difference. We got into the right frame of mind.” An ever-present all season long, he scored ten goals in 45 games. He then helped the “Red Devils” to share the Charity Shield with a 3–3 draw with FA Cup winners Tottenham Hotspur; it was the first game to be broadcast in colour on British television.

Best scored twice against rivals Liverpool in a 2–0 win at Anfield, and also claimed a hat-trick over Newcastle United in a 6–0 home win on the penultimate league game of the season. However a home defeat to hated local rivals Manchester City proved costly, as City claimed the league title with a two-point lead over United. Yet the 1967–68 season would be remembered by United fans for the European Cup win. After disposing of Maltese Hibernians, United advanced past Yugoslavian Sarajevo with a 2–1 home win – Best assisted John Aston for the first and scored the second himself, and was described as Geoffrey Green of The Times as “the centrepiece of the chessboard … a player full of fantasy; a player who lent magic to what might have been whimsy”. In the quarter-finals United advanced past Polish club Górnik Zabrze 2–1 on aggregate, having held on to their aggregate lead in freezing temperatures in front of 105,000 at Silesian Stadium; despite losing the away tie 1–0, Best described the defeat as “one of our best-ever performances, given all the unwelcome circumstances”. Facing six times champions Real Madrid in the semi-finals, Best scored the only goal of the home fixture with a 15-yard strike that Alex Stepney described as one of Best’s finest goals. In the tie at the Bernabéu, Best was marked effectively by Manuel Sanchís Martínez, but on the one time Best got the better of him he made a telling cross to Bill Foulkes, who calmly found the net to level the game at 3–3 and to win the aggregate tie 4–3.

Days after returning to England, as the First Division’s joint top-scorer (level on 28 goals with Southampton’s Ron Davies) Best was presented with the FWA Footballer of the Year award, becoming the youngest ever recipient of the award. Facing United in the European Cup Final at Wembley were Benfica; whilst his teammates rested, Best found “a novel way to relax” before the big game by sleeping with “a particular young lady called Sue”. The game went into extra-time, and just three minutes into extra-time Best went on a mazy run and beat goalkeeper José Henrique with a dummy, before rolling the ball into the net; two further goals from Brian Kidd and Bobby Charlton settled the tie at 4–1. The victory was not only the pinnacle of Best’s career, but arguably Manchester United’s greatest achievement, considering the Munich air disaster had wiped out most of the Busby Babes just ten years previously. Best also won the Ballon d’Or in 1968 after receiving more votes than Bobby Charlton, Dragan Džajić and Franz Beckenbauer. This meant that he had won the three major honours in club football at the age of just 22 (the league title, European Cup, and European Player of the Year award). After this, his steady decline began.

“It seems impossible to hurt him. All manner of men have tried to intimidate him. Best merely glides along, riding tackles and brushing giants aside like leaves.”
— Joe Mercer, Manchester City manager, 1969.

The ‘holy trinity’ of Best, Law and Charlton remained effective as ever in the 1968–69 campaign. However the club’s new recruits were not up to scratch, as United dropped to 11th in the league before Busby announced his retirement. Best later said that “I increasingly had the feeling that I was carrying the team at times on the pitch.” He scored 22 goals in 55 games, though only he and Denis Law scored more than six league goals. In the Intercontinental Cup, fans and players alike looked forward to seeing United take on Argentine opposition Estudiantes de La Plata over the course of two legs. However Best said “no one tackled harder or dirtier than this Argentinian team” as a 1–0 defeat at the Estadio Camilo Cichero was followed by a 1–1 draw at Old Trafford. In the home tie, Best was kicked and spat on by José Hugo Medina, and both players were sent off after Best reacted with a punch. Despite their poor league form, United managed to reach the semi-finals of the European Cup (they had a relatively easy run in getting past the Republic of Ireland’s Waterford United, Belgium’s Anderlecht, and Austria’s Rapid Wien) where they were knocked out 2–1 on aggregate by A.C. Milan following a 2–0 defeat at the San Siro; Milan goalkeeper Fabio Cudicini was the hero after keeping United to only one goal at Old Trafford.

“It’s been a joke on the circuit ever since. You know, I’m on one side of the street, George Best is on the other. He nods to me and I dive under a bus.”
— Northampton goalkeeper Kim Book laughs about the jibes he has faced since being fooled by Best’s feint in the 1970 FA Cup game against Manchester United.

United improved slightly under new boss Wilf McGuinness, but still only managed an eighth-place finish in the 1969–70 season. Best hit 23 goals, including an FA Cup record six goals in an 8–2 win over Northampton Town in a mud-bath at the County Ground on 7 February 1970.

Best’s sixth goal saw him go one on one with Northampton goalkeeper Kim Book. Best made a feint to go right which put Book on his backside, before he went left and walked the ball into the net. Of the goal Book said: “I remember thinking George was going to go one way, but he dropped his shoulder and went the other, and by then I was already on the deck. He was just too good for me.” Best’s six goal performance earned him an invitation to No 10 Downing Street from UK Prime Minister Harold Wilson, who had also regularly written fan letters to him. In 2002 the British public voted Best’s record breaking performance #26 in the list of the 100 Greatest Sporting Moments.

Busby returned as manager in December 1970, though the 1970–71 season also ended without a trophy. Best began to get into trouble with his discipline: he was fined by the Football Association for receiving three yellow cards for misconduct, and he was suspended by United for two weeks after missing his train to Stamford Bridge so as to spend a weekend with actress Sinéad Cusack.

New manager Frank O’Farrell led United to an eighth-place finish in 1971–72. Highlights for Best included hat-tricks against West Ham United and Southampton, as well as a goal against Sheffield United that came after he beat four defenders in a mazy run. However, he was also sent off against Chelsea, was the subject of death threats, and failed to turn up for training for a whole week in January as he instead spent his time with Miss Great Britain 1971, Carolyn Moore. On 17 November, he was the subject of Eamonn Andrews’s This Is Your Life when he was surprised at a central London restaurant. He would be the subject for a second time in 2003 when Michael Aspel surprised him at Teddington Studios. With 27 goals in 54 appearances, Best finished as the club’s top-scorer for the sixth – and final – consecutive season. Best then announced his retirement from football, but nevertheless turned up for pre-season training, and continued to play.

United’s decline continued in the 1972–73 season, as Best was part of the ‘old guard clique’ that barely talked to the newer, less talented players. Frustrated with the club’s decline, Best went missing in December to party at the London nightclubs. He was suspended, and transfer-listed at a value of £300,000. After O’Farrell was replaced as manager by Tommy Docherty, Best announced his retirement for a second time. He resumed training on 27 April.

Best’s last competitive game for the club was on 1 January 1974 against Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road, which United lost 3–0. He failed to turn up for training three days later and was dropped by Docherty, though he claimed Docherty was deceitful with him. Best was arrested and charged with stealing a fur coat, passport, and cheque book from Marjorie Wallace, but was later cleared of all charges. United went on to suffer relegation into the Second Division in 1973–74.

Best played at United when shirt numbers were assigned to positions, and not the player. When Best played at right wing, as he famously did during the later stages of the 1966 and 1968 European Cups, he donned the number 7. As a left winger, where he played exclusively in his debut season and nearly all of the 1971–72 campaign, he wore the number 11. Best wore the number 8 shirt at inside right on occasion throughout the 1960s, but for more than half of his matches during 1970–71. He was playing at inside left (wearing the number 10) in 1972 when he famously walked out on United the first time but was back in the number 11 for the autumn of 1973 before leaving for good. Best even wore the number 9 jersey once for United, with Bobby Charlton injured, on 22 March 1969 at Old Trafford, scoring the only goal in a 1–0 win over Sheffield Wednesday. In total Best made 470 appearances for Manchester United in all competitions from 1963 to 1974, and scored 179 goals. Over the next decade he went into an increasingly rapid decline, drifting between several clubs, including spells in South Africa, the Republic of Ireland, the United States, Scotland, and Australia.

Later Years

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Best in 1976

Playing only five competitive matches for Jewish Guild in South Africa, Best endured criticism for missing several training sessions. During his short time there, he was the main draw attracting thousands of spectators to the matches.

Best had a brief spell at Cork Celtic in December 1975 and January 1976. He made his League of Ireland debut against Drogheda United at Flower Lodge on 28 December. He played only three league games, the others against Bohemians and Shelbourne, but despite attracting big crowds he failed to score or impress. Being on a rolling contract with Cork his failure to show for a game saw him being dropped and subsequently leaving the club.

He had a brief resurgence in form with Second Division club Fulham in 1976–77, showing that, although he had lost some of his pace, he retained his skills. His time with the “Cottagers” is particularly remembered for a match against Hereford United on 25 September 1976 in which he tackled his own teammate, and old drinking mate, Rodney Marsh. Best stated later in life that he enjoyed his time most while at Craven Cottage, despite not winning any honours.

Best played for three clubs in the United States: Los Angeles Aztecs, Fort Lauderdale Strikers and later San Jose Earthquakes; he also played for the Detroit Express on a European tour. Best revelled in the anonymity the United States afforded him after England and was a success on the field, scoring 15 goals in 24 games in his first season with the Aztecs and named as the NASL’s best midfielder in his second. He and manager Ken Adam opened “Bestie’s Beach Club” (now called “The Underground” after the London subway system) in Hermosa Beach, California in the 1970s, and continued to operate it until the 1990s.

Best caused a stir when he returned to the UK to play for the Scottish club Hibernian. The club was suffering a decline in fortunes and was heading for relegation from the Premier Division, before Best was signed on a “pay per play” basis after the club chairman, Tom Hart, received a tip-off from an Edinburgh Evening News reporter that he was available. Even though Best failed to save Hibs from relegation, gates increased dramatically, and the attendance quadrupled for his first match at Easter Road. One infamous incident saw Best initially sacked by Hibs after he went on a massive drinking session with the French rugby team, who were in Edinburgh to play Scotland. He was brought back a week later. In August 1982, he played 20 minutes for Scone Thistle against Scone Amateurs; the appearance fee he received helped to pay off an income tax bill.

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Best in Hong Kong in 1982

He returned to the US to play for the San Jose Earthquakes in what was officially described as a “loan”, though he only managed a handful of appearances for Hibs in the First Division in the following season. He returned one last time to Easter Road in 1984, for Jackie McNamara’s testimonial match against Newcastle United. In his third season in the States, Best scored once in 12 appearances. His moves to Fort Lauderdale and San Jose were also unhappy, as his off-field demons began to take control of his life again. After failing to agree terms with Bolton Wanderers in 1981, he was invited as a guest player and played three matches for two Hong Kong First Division teams (Sea Bee and Rangers) in 1982.

In late 1982, Bournemouth manager Don Megson signed the 36-year-old Best for the Third Division side, and he remained there until the end of the 1982–83 season, when he retired from football at the age of 37.

Best played in a friendly for Newry Town against Shamrock Rovers in August 1983, before ending his professional career exactly 20 years after joining Manchester United with a brief four-match stint playing for the Brisbane Lions in the Australian National Soccer League during the 1983 season. He also was a guest player for an exhibition match between Dee Why Football Club and Manly Warringah held on 27 July 1983; Dee Why won the match 2–1, with Best having scored the winning goal.

On 8 August 1988, a testimonial match was held for Best at Windsor Park. Among the crowd were Sir Matt Busby, Jimmy Murphy, and Bob Bishop, the scout who discovered Best, while those playing included Osvaldo Ardiles, Pat Jennings and Liam Brady. Best scored twice, one goal from outside the box, the other from the penalty spot.

International Career


Best was capped 37 times for Northern Ireland, scoring nine goals. Of his nine international goals four were scored against Cyprus and one each against Albania, England, Scotland, Switzerland and Turkey.

“George Best was one of the most talented players of all time and probably the best footballer who never made it to a major world final.”
— 1974 World Cup winning West Germany captain Franz Beckenbauer.

On 15 May 1971, Best scored possibly the most famous “goal” of his career at Windsor Park in Belfast against England. As Gordon Banks, the English goalkeeper, released the ball in the air in order to kick the ball downfield, Best managed to kick the ball first, which sent the ball high over their heads and heading towards the open goal. Best outpaced Banks and headed the ball into the empty goal, but the goal was disallowed by referee Alistair Mackenzie.

Best continued to be selected for Northern Ireland throughout the 1970s, despite his fluctuating form and off pitch problems. Dutch captain Johan Cruyff commented: “What he [Best] had was unique, you can’t coach it”.

Best was considered briefly by manager Billy Bingham for the 1982 World Cup, but at the age of 36, with his football skills dulled by age and drink (and five years having passed since his last cap), he was not selected for the Northern Ireland squad. A proponent of a United Ireland football team, in 2005 Best stated: “I’ve always thought that at any given time both the Republic and Northern Ireland have had some great world-class players. I still hope that in my lifetime it happens.”

Style of Play


A highly skilful winger, considered by several pundits to be one of the greatest dribblers of all time, Best received plaudits for his unique playing style, which combined pace, skill, balance, feints, two-footedness, goalscoring and the ability to get past defenders. Recalling Best’s career and style of play, Patrick Barclay said: “In terms of ability he was the world’s best footballer of all time. He could do almost anything – technically, speed, complete mastery of not only the ball but his own body. You could saw his legs away and he still wouldn’t fall because his balance was uncanny, almost supernatural. Heading ability, passing ability, I mean it goes without saying the dribbling – he could beat anybody in any way he chose. For fun he’d play a one-two off the opponent’s shins.” Although Best was mostly renowned for his outstanding dribbling skills, he has also drew praise for his ability as a creator; in regard to this ability, Tony Dove commented: “I only had the opportunity to see George play once in person – Man U played a tour game in Auckland, New Zealand, late in the 60s. His brilliance was simply dazzling – player after player from the New Zealand national team queued up to try to tackle him and he gave them all dancing lessons. I clearly remember one run, starting almost from the goal-line, from a roll-out by Stepney, when he evaded every player in the NZ team, one after the other, until he reached the opposite end of the pitch and produced a perfectly floated centre for Charlton’s head. His grace, agility and ball skills were only eclipsed by his unselfish passing – many love to remark on his goal scoring but he was prodigious as the set-up man. On the field you couldn’t ask for a better football role-model. Let the man pass with what dignity remains to him. Remember him at his best.”

Personal Life


During his early years at Old Trafford, Best was a shy teenager who passed his free time in snooker halls. However, he later became known for his long hair, good looks and extravagant celebrity lifestyle, and appeared on Top of the Pops in 1965.

He opened a nightclub called Slack Alice on Bootle Street in Manchester in 1973 and owned restaurants in the city including Oscars, on the site of the old Waldorf Hotel. He also owned fashion boutiques, in partnership with Mike Summerbee. Best’s cousin Gary Reid, a member of the Ulster Defence Association, was killed in 1974 during an episode of serious rioting in east Belfast.

In 1969 I gave up women and alcohol—it was the worst 20 minutes of my life.
— Best quips on his lifestyle.

Best married Angela MacDonald-Janes on 24 January 1978 at Candlelight Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, having met in the United States when Best was playing for the Los Angeles Aztecs. Their son, Calum, was born in 1981, but they separated the following year and divorced in 1986. His niece by marriage is actress Samantha Janus, who is the daughter of Angie MacDonald-Janes’ brother.

He married Alex Pursey in 1995 in Kensington and Chelsea, London. They divorced in 2004; they had no children. In 2004 she alleged that Best was violent towards her during their marriage, an issue that was, in fact, covered in Best’s authorised 1998 biography “Bestie” in which Alex claimed that Best punched her in the face on more than one occasion. Earlier in the book it is revealed that he struck another of his girlfriends at least once and was arrested and charged with assault on a waitress, Stevie Sloniecka, in November 1972, when he fractured her nose in Reuben’s nightclub, Manchester. He was successfully defended when the case reached court in January 1973 by barrister George Carman QC, a close drinking companion of Best, as acknowledged in his book, Scoring at Half Time.

At the peak of his career in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Best advertised Cookstown sausages on television with the phrase “the Best family sausages”.In 2007 a memorial plaque was placed outside the pork factory in the County Tyrone town.

Best had a cameo as himself in the 1971 British comedy film Percy. In 1984, he made a fitness album with Mary Stävin called Shape Up and Dance. A biographical film entitled Best was released in May 2000, with John Lynch portraying George Best. Indie rock band The Wedding Present named their first album George Best, and featured Best on the cover wearing his red Manchester United kit. After his death, Brian Kennedy and Peter Corry released a single entitled George Best – A Tribute. Best features in EA Sports’ FIFA video game series; he was included in the FIFA 16 Ultimate Team Legends.

In 2007, GQ magazine named him as one of the 50 most stylish men of the past 50 years. When Best played football, salaries were a fraction of what top players earn today, but, with his pop star image and celebrity status, Best still earned a fortune. He lost almost all of it. When asked what happened to the money he had earned, Best quipped: “I spent a lot of money on booze, birds (women) and fast cars. The rest I just squandered.”

Alcoholism

Best suffered from alcoholism for most of his adult life, leading to numerous controversies and, eventually, his death. In 1981, while playing in the United States, Best stole money from the handbag of a woman he did not know in order to fund a drinking session. “We were sitting in a bar on the beach, and when she got up to go to the toilet I leaned over and took all the money she had in her bag.”

“I was born with a great gift, and sometimes with that comes a destructive streak. Just as I wanted to outdo everyone when I played, I had to outdo everyone when we were out on the town.”
— Best on his excesses off the field.

In 1984, Best received a three-month prison sentence for drunk driving, assaulting a police officer and failing to answer bail. He spent Christmas of 1984 behind bars at Ford Open Prison. Contrary to popular belief and urban legend he never played football for the prison team. In September 1990, Best appeared on the primetime BBC chat show Wogan in which he was heavily drunk and swore, at one point saying to the host, “Terry, I like screwing”. He later apologised and said this was one of the worst episodes of his alcoholism.

Best was diagnosed with severe liver damage in March 2000. His liver was said to be functioning at only 20%. In 2001, he was admitted to hospital with pneumonia. In August 2002, he had a successful liver transplant at King’s College Hospital in London. He haemorrhaged so badly during the operation that he nearly died. The transplant was performed at public expense on the NHS, a decision which was controversial due to Best’s alcoholism. The controversy was reignited in 2003 when he was spotted openly drinking white wine spritzers. On 2 February 2004, Best was convicted of another drink-driving offence and banned from driving for 20 months.

Death


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Gates of Belfast City Hall soon after Best’s death, Another view.

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Graffiti honouring Best appeared all over Belfast after his death.

Best continued to drink, and was sometimes seen at his local pub in Surbiton, London. On 3 October 2005, he was admitted to intensive care at the private Cromwell Hospital in London, suffering from a kidney infection caused by the side effects of immuno-suppressive drugs used to prevent his body from rejecting his transplanted liver. On 27 October, newspapers stated that Best was close to death and had sent a farewell message to his loved ones. Close friends in the game visited his bedside to make their farewells, including Rodney Marsh, and the two other members of the “United Trinity”, Bobby Charlton and Denis Law. On 20 November, the British tabloid News of the World published a picture of Best (at his own request) showing him in his hospital bed with jaundice, along with a warning about the dangers of alcohol with his message: “Don’t die like me”.

In the early hours of 25 November 2005, treatment was stopped; later that day he died, aged 59, as a result of a lung infection and multiple organ failure.

Tributes were paid to Best from around the world, including from arguably three of the greatest football players ever, Pelé, Diego Maradona and Johan Cruyff. Maradona commented: “George inspired me when I was young. He was flamboyant and exciting and able to inspire his teammates. I actually think we were very similar players – dribblers who were able to create moments of magic.” Fellow Manchester United legend Eric Cantona gave a eulogy to Best: “I would love him to save me a place in his team, George Best that is, not God.”

The Premier League announced that a minute’s silence would be observed before all Premier League games to be held over the weekend of his death; however at many grounds a minute’s applause broke out in his honour. The first match at Old Trafford after Best’s death was a League Cup tie against West Bromwich Albion, the club against which he made his debut for Manchester United in 1963. The match, which United won, was preceded by tributes from former teammate Sir Bobby Charlton. Best’s son Calum and former teammates, surviving members from the West Brom team which he played against in his debut, all joined the current United squad on the pitch for a minute’s silence, during which fans in every seat held aloft pictures of Best, which were given out before the match.

Funeral

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Best’s grave at Roselawn Cemetery, overlooking east Belfast

His body left the family home at Cregagh Road, East Belfast, shortly after 10:00 UTC on Saturday, 3 December 2005. The cortege then travelled the short distance to Stormont. The route was lined with around 100,000 mourners. Former Northern Ireland manager Billy Bingham, international teammates Derek Dougan, Peter McParland, Harry Gregg, Gerry Armstrong and Denis Law were the first to carry the coffin to the base of the Stormont steps.

There was an 11 am service in the Grand Hall attended by 300 invited guests relayed to around 25,000 mourners inside the grounds of Stormont. Best’s brother Ian, agent Phil Hughes, Dr Akeel Alisa, who treated Best, and his brothers-in-law Norman McNarry and Alan McPherson, were also pallbearers. As the cortege left Stormont, the Gilnahirk pipe band played. The funeral was live on several television stations including BBC One. Afterward, Best was cremated, and his ashes were interred beside his mother Annie Elizabeth Kelly in a private ceremony at the hill-top Roselawn Cemetery, overlooking east Belfast.

Memorials

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Following his death, the George Best Belfast City Airport was named after him.

Belfast City Airport was renamed George Best Belfast City Airport as a tribute to Best. The official new name and signage was unveiled to a gathering of the Best family and friends at the airport on 22 May 2006, which would have been his 60th birthday.

Public opinion in Northern Ireland about the renaming of the airport was divided, with one poll showing 52% in favour and 48% against. Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) deputy leader and East Belfast Member of Parliament Peter Robinson, in whose constituency Belfast City airport is situated, stated that his preference was a sports stadium be named after Best.

“With feet as sensitive as a pickpocket’s hands, his control of the ball under the most violent pressure was astonishing. The bewildering repertoire of feints and swerves… and balance that would have made Isaac Newton decide he might as well have eaten the apple.”
— Sports writer Hugh McIlvanney.

In March 2006, the airline Flybe named a Dash 8 (Q400) plane The George Best. The aircraft was later used to carry Best’s family across to the Manchester memorial service for Best.

In June 2006, Sarah Fabergé, great-granddaughter of Russian Imperial Jeweller Peter Carl Fabergé, was commissioned to create the George Best Egg, in tribute. A strictly limited edition of 68 eggs were produced, with all profits from the sale of the eggs going to the George Best Foundation, which promotes health through sport and supports people with alcohol and drug problems. The first egg is on display at the George Best Airport. For the first anniversary of his death, Ulster Bank issued one million commemorative five pound notes. The notes sold out in five days. The notes sold on the online auction site eBay for up to £30.

In December 2006 the George Best Memorial Trust launched a fund-raising drive to raise £200,000 in subscriptions to pay for a life-size bronze sculpture of George Best. By 2008 the money had still not been raised until a local developer, Doug Elliott, announced on 29 January 2008, that he would put up the rest of the money and would manage delivery of the project.

Career Statistics


Club

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International

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Honours


Club

  • Manchester United
  • FA Youth Cup: 1964
  • Football League First Division (2): 1964–65, 1966–67
  • Charity Shield (2): 1965, 1967
  • European Cup: 1968

Individual

  • Football League First Division Top Scorer: 1967–68
  • FWA Footballer of the Year: 1967–68
  • Ballon d’Or: 1968; Third place 1971
  • PFA Team of the Year Second Division: 1977
  • Football League 100 Legends: 1983
  • Honorary doctorate from Queen’s University Belfast: 2001
  • Freeman of Castlereagh: 2002
  • Inaugural inductee into the English Football Hall of Fame: 2002
  • BBC Sports Personality of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award: 2002
  • UEFA Jubilee Awards – Northern Ireland’s Golden Player: 2003
  • UEFA Golden Jubilee Poll: #19th
  • FIFA 100
  • Golden Foot: 2005, as football legend
  • PFA Merit Award: 2006
  • PFA England League Team of the Century (1907 to 2007):
    • Team of the Century 1907–1976
    • Overall Team of the Century
  • FWA Tribute Award: 2007
  • European Hall of Fame (Player): 2008
  • FIFA Player of the Century:
    • FIFA internet vote: #20
    • FIFA Magazine and Grand Jury vote: #5
  • World Soccer The Greatest Players of the 20th century: #8

Biographies


  • Bestie (co-written with Joe Lovejoy),
  • The Good, The Bad and The Bubbly (with Ross Benson)
  • Blessed: The Autobiography (with Roy Collins)
  • George Best: A Celebration (Bernie Smith and Maureen Hunt)
  • Scoring at Half Time (with Martin Knight).
  • Hard Tackles and Dirty Baths (with Harry Harris)

George Best: The Movie


In 2015 it was announced that a new film about the life of George Best was being worked on, directed by John-Paul Davidson. The film focuses on the upbringing of George Best as well as his rise to a footballing star. The producers also announced that the film would be partly crowdfunded in an attempt to make £500,000 towards its production. The film was released in February 2017 with the premiere taking place in London.