|Full name:||Jospeh Kevin Keegan|
|Date of birth:||February 14, 1951|
|Clubs played for:||Scunthorpe, Liverpool, Hamburg, Southampton, Newcastle|
|Clubs managed:||Newcastle, Fulham, Manchester City|
Kevin Keegan first came to prominence with Scunthorpe in the late 1960s, before signing for Liverpool in the summer of 1971.
It was at Anfield that he formed one half of the legendary 'little and large' partnership with strike partner John Toshack and, in 1973, he helped Liverpool lift their first League Championship in seven years, as well as the UEFA Cup. They were the first of a number of major honours he would win in a red shirt, before moving to Germany in 1977 to join Hamburg.
Ever-industrious, and a constant thorn in the side of defenders, he was twice crowned European Footballer of the Year during his time in the Bundesliga and on his return to England in 1980 he had a talismanic effect on first Southampton and then finally Newcastle.
Although captain for six years, Keegan's international career was blighted by England's failure to qualify for the World Cup finals in 1974 and 1978, plus the 1976 Euros. Seven goals in 22 qualification games for Euro 80 remains a highlight, but England still crashed out at the group stage.
His final performance was a 26-minute cameo in Spain '82, when he battled back from injury having missed the first four games of the tournament. Sadly, the lasting memory from that tournament is of Keegan missing a headed opportunity in England's final match against Spain. England were eliminated at the second round stage, without losing a game.
International Career Stats
Keegan's managerial career could and has taken up a whole book. It began at Newcastle in 1992, where he helped rescue the ailing club from relegation to the old Third Division and took them within a whisker of the Premier League, before meltdown and that outburst in front of the Sky Sports cameras.
He finally quit in 1997, but was soon lured to Fulham by the Harrods chequebook of Mohamed Al-Fayed. England then came calling but naturally, that ended in tears as well. He resurfaced at Manchester City, before returning to Newcastle in 2008, but this time the messiah couldn't sort out the mess at St James' Park.
Liverpool 3-0 Borussia Moenchengladbach (UEFA Cup final, first leg, May 10, 1973
The Keegan-Toshack partnership bore fruit in this crucial first leg encounter as the Welshman set up his strike partner for two goals, while Larry Lloyd grabbed the third. Keegan could even afford to miss a penalty in a comprehensive 3-0 win which, despite a subsequent 2-0 reverse in Germany, would eventually guarantee Liverpool the UEFA Cup.
Liverpool 3-0 Newcastle (FA Cup final, May 4, 1974)
The club he would later serve with distinction as both player and manager had their FA Cup hopes dashed in a one-sided final, thanks largely to a brace from Keegan. Steve Heighway completed the 3-0 rout, in what proved to be manager Bill Shankly's last competitive match. Within a few weeks, the Scot had stunned the football world by announcing his retirement.
Newcastle 3-1 Brighton (Second Division, May 12, 1984)
So, farewell to Newcastle and farewell to a superb playing career. Always with an impeccable sense of drama, Keegan marked his final appearance in the black and white – as he did on his debut two years earlier – with a trademark poacher's goal. This 3-1 victory also included an assist for a young winger named Chris Waddle but the game, and the season, belonged to Keegan. Promotion to Division One was assured and days later the wee fella left St James' Park's centre circle via helicopter after a "testimonial" against Liverpool.
|Liverpool||First Division Championship||1972-73, 1975-76, 1976-77|
|UEFA Cup||1973, 1976|
|European Footballer of the Year||1978, 1979|
|Newcastle (manager)||First Division Championship||1992-93|
|Fulham (manager)||Second Division Championship||1998-99|
|Manchester City (manager)||Second Division Championship||2001-02|
Did You Know...?
Keegan initially signed for Liverpool as a midfielder, nominally to replace veteran Ian Callaghan, but an impressive performance in a pre-season game prompted Shankly to pair him with John Toshack up front.
He reached the dizzy heights of number 31 in the pop charts with his 1979 song 'Head Over Heels in Love'.
Keegan was the first, and last, British player to be voted the best footballer in Europe in successive seasons.
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