February 14 – Kevin Keegan Born

Keegan_Kevin_HamburgOne of the great footballers of his time, Kevin Keegan was born on this day in soccer history in 1951.

After starting his career at Scunthorpe United in 1968, Keegan made the move to Liverpool of Division One in 1971 and went on to win multiple pieces of silverware with the club including three First Division titles, two UEFA Cups, two FA Cups and the European Cup.

Keegan was a primary force while playing at the Kop and had clubs all over Europe fighting for his signature and it was in the summer of 1977 that he made the move to Hamburg SV of the German Bundesliga.

When he arrived he was the highest paid player in Germany and was seen by fans to be the ‘savior’ for the club.  After a 12th place finish in his inaugural season, Keegan and Hamburg turned it around under new manager Branko Zebec as the team won the Bundesliga for the first time in 19 years and Keegan was named the European Footballer of the year for the second season running.

Hamburg came up short in the UEFA Champions League however finishing as runners-up to Nottingham Forest.

His heroics had fans referring to him as Mighty Mouse.

Keegan played at several other clubs before getting into management.

Soccer Birthdays

1951 – Kevin Keegan, English footballer
1974 – Philippe Léonard, Belgian footballer
1977 – Darren Purse, English footballer
1979 – Pablo Pallante, Uruguayan footballer
1980 – Fátima Leyva, Mexican footballer
1983 – Bacary Sagna, French footballer
1985 – Philippe Senderos, Swiss footballer
1987 – David Wheater, English footballer
1988 – Ángel Di María, Argentine footballer

Soccer Deaths

2002 – Nándor Hidegkuti, Hungarian footballer (b. 1922)

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