Raymond Kopa was born in Nœux-les-Mines, France on Oct. 13, 1931. Born in a family of Polish immigrants, he followed steps of his brother and father to be a miner when he was young. After starting playing career from Angers, Kopa began cutting a striking figure in Spain in 1955. He experienced golden era of his playing career at Real Madrid, helping them winning three European Cups. For outstanding and distinguished performances in competitions, he was nicknamed the “Little Napoleon”. In his whole playing career with France national football team, Kopa won 18 goals in 45 matches. But for bad relationship with a footballer of France squad, he finally took off the France football shirt to devote himself to club career heart and soul.
For distinguished competitive advantages, he claimed a place in the world football industry. Kopa’s individual efforts, agility, dynamic energy, skill of dribbling and speed left him one of the best footballers of his generation. He was a winner of Ballon d’Or and Légion d’honneur in 1958 and 1970 respectively. In 2004, he was wrote into the list of the 125 Greatest Living Footballers at a FIFA Awards Ceremony.