Tim Weah Gives Mom 'Clar Weah' Credit for Soccer Success, Not His Legendary Father 'President George Weah'
Tim Weah credits a parent for his fast rise in soccer.
Mom, not his famous dad.
"She's had a huge impact on where I'm at now," the 18-year-old American midfielder said. 'She taught me the basics. She pushed me. She was my first coach, intramural coach when I was in Florida. That's where I really started playing."
Clar Weah was more interested in running as a personal activity but guided Tim's soccer education. Her husband, George Weah, was the 1995 FIFA Player of the Year and was sworn in as Liberia's president in January.
"He would just give me little pointers," Tim Weah said. "He was more of the chill parent, just sitting back, relaxing, enjoying his time. He gave me some key pointers, some really important pointers that I use ... like an easy way to score would be to shoot across the goal. He taught me that, and now I use that a lot. Just simple cutting moves, just changing the point of direction where you're going — stuff that he did when I was playing."
Tim Weah made his senior team debut in March with Paris Saint-Germain, dad's club from 1992-95, and after the Ligue 1 title was clinched got his first start last month on the final day of the season.
He scored a hat trick against Paraguay last fall in the round of 16 at the Under-17 World Cup, made his U.S. national team debut in March against Paraguay, then scored against Bolivia on Memorial Day. He's part of the American team playing Saturday against World Cup-bound France in Lyon, facing a Les Bleus roster that includes PSG colleagues Kylian Mbappe, Presnel Kimpembe and Alphonse Areola.
"I have some teammates on France, so that would be great scoring against them," Weah said.
Tim was born in Brooklyn at a time his dad commuted from Europe to New York between games. The family moved in 2004 to the Pembroke Pines, Florida — a suburb of Fort Lauderdale, then in 2006 to the Rosedale section of Queens, New York, near the Nassau County border. Tim stayed for eight years, then relocated to Paris to join PSG's academy.
He doesn't have a recollection of watching dad play.
"But as I got older I started to go on the internet and explore and figure out who he was," he said.