Joseph Kevin Keegan, OBE is a former England international football player and former England national football team manager who used to feature prominently as a player during the 1960s and 1970s. He played as a striker and was a distinguished footballer during his time. Keegan was named by Pele in March 2004 as one of the 125 greatest living footballers. Keegan also had a fairly successful managerial career.
Kevin Keegan commenced his playing career at Scunthorpe United in 1968 and played for them until 1971, scoring 18 goals in 124 league matches. He then moved to English giants Liverpool in 1971 and played for them until 1977. He made a total of 230 league matches and scored 68 goals. At Liverpool Keegan won the First Division titles three times, the UEFA Cup twice, the FA Cup two times and the European Cup once.
Kevin Keegan then moved to German top flight side Hamburg in 1977 and played for them until 1980. He was adjudged the Footbaler of the Year in 1978 and 1979 and won the German Bundesliga title in the 1978-1979 season. He also reached the fial of the European Cup in the 1979-1980 season with Hamburg.
Keegan then moved back to England, this time to Southampton. In 1982 he signed for Newcastle United, then in the second tier, and help the Geordies gain promotion to the English top flight in his debut season. He played for Blacktown City Demons for a short period of time in 1985 and then retired.
Kevin Keegan made his international debut for England in 1972 and featured in 63 international matches for his nation, scoring 21 goals. His debut for his nation was against Wales on November 15,1972 in a World Cup qualifier. He was even made the captain of the England national team in his career and featured at the 1982 World Cup finals.
Kevin Keegan decided to move into football management after retiring from playing. He took charge of Newcastle United in 1992 and led them to promotion to the top flight. He led them to a second placed finish in the First Division in the 1995-1996 season and left the club in 1997. Keegan subsequently went onto manage Fulham, the England national side (between 1999 and 2000), Manchester City (between 2001 and 2005) and then Newcastle United in 2008.