Michael Owen

 
Michael Owen
 
Name: Michael James Owen
Date of Birth: 14th December 1979
Place of Birth: Chester, England
England Debut: 11th February 1998
Against: Chile
Final Game: March 2008
Against: France
League Club:
Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle United, Manchester United, Stoke City
 
Michael Owen was born in Chester to Terry and Jeanette Owen and was educated at Hawarden High School in Wales
 
His football career began when he was 7 years old, playing for Primary School and youth teams and it wasn’t long before the scouts had spotted him.  When he was 13, he was persuaded to join the FA School of Excellence by Liverpool and was signed by the club as part of their Youth Training Scheme when he reached the age of 16.
 

He debuted for the Liverpool senior side in May 1997 when they played Wimbledon. He then became a regular starter for the first team and finished his first full season at the end of 1997 – 1998 as joint top Premier League goal scorer.

 
Owen continued to deliver in the following season, producing a fantastic 23 goals in the 40 matches he played, but injury plagued him after that and he remained off form until the 2000-2001 season when he came back fully fit to help Liverpool win the League Cup, the UEFA Cup and the FA Cup, the latter seeing Owen turn a 1-0 defeat into a 2-1 win in the remaining minutes of the match.
 
Owen eventually moved on when he signed for Real Madrid in an £8 million deal which went  through in August 2004.  He only remained with them for a year before moving to Newcastle United, who agreed a £16 million transfer deal for the striker.  He was out of action for the first few months thanks to an injury to his leg but when he returned to the game he began racking up the goals, including a hat trick against West Ham on 17 December 2005, where he scored once with each foot and then his head.
 

Owen remained with the club until his contract expired and waited until he was able to make a free transfer and in July 2009 he signed a two year contract with Manchester United taking the spot vacated by Ronaldo.  He scored an 84th minute goal in his debut match in a pre-season friendly and continued that form when the League began.

 
At international level, Owen appeared for the England youth teams, and finally got called-up to the senior squad on 11 February 1998 when England lost a friendly 2-1 to Chile.  After scoring as a substitute in the first match of the World Cup, he was eventually placed as a starter.
 
He took captaincy of the England team when Beckham was injured in April 2002 but was substituted and gave the band up to John Terry.
 
Owen has received a number of awards including the PFA Young Player of the Year in 1998, the Premier League Joint Top Scorer in 1998 and 1998 and even the BBC Sports personality of the Year.