Profile Rejected by Doncaster Rovers as a somewhat short teenager, Kevin Keegan went on to become an England international with an impressive club career at Liverpool and later at Hamburger SV, before becoming the manager of England.
Born on 14 February 1951, Keegan joined Scunthorpe United in 1968 after his Doncaster Rovers setback. Some three years later he was signed by Liverpool where he would develop into a very skilful and speedy forward. He scored 100 goals during his six-year spell at Anfield helping the Reds win three league titles, an FA Cup, a European (Champions) Cup and two UEFA Cups.
However, Keegan left Liverpool at the height of their success, just after winning their first ever European Champions Cup. Midway through the 1976/1977season, the brilliant ‘Mighty Mouse’ had announced his decision to leave Liverpool in the summer of 1977 because he wanted try his luck in a foreign country. Keegan chose the top German club Hamburger SV, where he would become a genuine worldwide superstar. He was voted European footballer of the year in 1978 and 1979,won the Bundesliga with Hamburg in 1979 and reached the European Cup final in 1980. After losing that final to Nottingham Forest, Keegan returned to England where he finished his playing career at Southampton and Newcastle United.
Keegan’s international career was never as successful as his club career. He scored 21 goals in 63 matches for England and represented his country at the 1980 European Championship in Italy and at the 1982 World Cup in Spain, but England also failed to qualify for three major tournaments during Keegan’s international career.
After retiring in 1984, Keegan moved to Spain with his family and was out of the public eye for eight years. But Newcastle United lured him back to football and Keegan would later go on to manage Fulham, Manchester City, Newcastle United for a second time and England.