Kevin Keegan is a former professional footballer and team manager from England. He has played for teams like Liverpool, Southampton, and Newcastle United. He is a two-time Ballon d’Or winner and in 2004, Pele included him in his list of the Top 125 Living Football Players. In addition to his playing career, Keegan also worked as a manager.
Player Profile, Personal Life, and Youth Career
Joseph Kevin Keegan was born on February 14, 1951, in Armthorpe, Doncaster, England. He is of Irish descent. His father and his uncle were fans of Newcastle and they exposed a young Keegan to the sport with his uncle Frank giving him his first football.
In addition to football, he also played rugby and enjoyed cross-country running.
Keegan is married to Jean Woodhouse and they have two daughters together. He was known for his ‘Poodle Perm’ hair in the 1970s.
In 1968, he joined the Scunthorpe United youth system.
In 1966, he signed with Scunthorpe United and played with them from 1968 to 1977. In 1971, he started playing for Liverpool, making 230 appearances for the team. While there, he helped the team win one FA Cup, one European Cup, and two UEFA Cups.
In 1977, he moved to Germany to play for Hamburger SV. In his time with the team, he won his two Ballon d’Or awards in 1978 and 1979. He was also instrumental in helping Hamburger win Bundesliga for the 1978-79 season.
In 1980, he returned to the United Kingdom to play for Southampton. He played for them from 1980 to 1982. In 1982, he finally signed with his father’s favorite team – Newcastle United. He played for Newcastle from 1982 to 1984. Before he retired, he played for Blacktown City.
A few years after retiring, he was hired as a team manager by United. He worked with them from 1992 to 1997. He then coached Fulham before he was hired to coach the England National Football Team in the 1999-2000 season. Before he retired from coaching, he also worked for Manchester City, and for a short time in 2008, he returned to managing Newcastle.
- Football League First Division -1972–73, 1975–76, 1976–77
- FA Cup - 1973–74
- FA Charity Shield - 1974, 1976
- European Cup - 1976–77
- UEFA Cup - 1972–73, 1975–76
- Bundesliga - 1978–79
- Ballon d’Or - 1978, 1979
- Kicker Bundesliga Team of the Season
- 1977–78, 1978–79, 1979–80
- Inducted into the inaugural EnglishFootball Hall of Fame in 2002
- Named 8th on the Liverpool FC listof 100 Players who shook the Kop
- FWA Footballer of the Year - 1975–76
- PFA Players’ Player of the Year -1981–82
- FIFA 100 - 2004
- Onze d’Argent - 1976, 1980
- Onze d’Or - 1977, 1979
- North-East FWA Player of the Year -1983, 1984
- Football League First Division -1992–93
- Football League Second Division -1998–99
- Football League First Division -2001–02
- Premier League Manager of the Month
- November 1993, August 1994, February 1995, August 1995,September 1995
- 1972–1982 - England
- 1992–1997 - Newcastle United
- 1997–1999 - Fulham
- 1999–2000 - England
- 2001–2005 - Manchester City
- 2008 - Newcastle United