Michael Owen's Biography
At 11, Michael Owen broke the goal-scoring record at Deeside Primary School when he scored 79 goals (the previous record was held by another former Liverpool star, Ian Rush).
His father, Terry, played for both Chester and Everton, but Michael Owen joined Liverpool straight from the juniors on 18 December 1996 and stayed at Anfield until 2004 when he joined England team mate, David Beckham at Real Madrid.
Michael Owen made his England debut against Chile on February 11, 1998 and his first goal for the national side came on May 27 1998 against Morocco but the 18 year-old really made his name with a fantastic goal for England against Argentina in the 1988 World Cup.
2001 was a great year for Owen as he was instrumental in Liverpool's treble of the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup. Owen was named European Footballer of the Year and Football Writers' Player of the Year.
2001 was also the year that Owen struck a hat-trick against Germany in England's decisive World Cup qualifier, which they won 5-1.
Owen has been dogged by injuries throughout his career. Normally brilliant at snapping up half-chances his last year at Liverpool proved disappointing as Michael seemed to have lost some of his trademark sharpness. He also missed several penalties.
Nevertheless, having joined Real Madrid for £8m in August 2004, Owen seemed to have settled in at the Spanish club. However, in August 2005, Michael Owen joined Newcastle United for a club record transfer fee of over £15 million.
He scored his first goal for the Magpies in their 3-0 victory at Blackburn in September 2005. Owen appeared to be playing well for Newcastle when he suffered another injury.
Owen had broken his foot on New Year's Eve at Tottenham, but he recovered sufficiently to play at the 2006 World Cup but did not look at his best and was substituted in England's opening games.
He then ruptured his anterior cruciate knee ligament in the match against Sweden - thereby missing the rest of the World Cup and a sizeable portion of the 2006/7 season.
In June 2005 Michael Owen married his long-time girlfriend, Louise Bonsall. They have a daughter Gemma Rose and a son James Michael.
On 30 April 2007, Michael Owen played for Newcastle against Reading. It was almost exactly a year since he had last played for Newcastle.
Michael Owen's goal in England's 3-0 victory over Estonia on 6 June 2007 was his 23rd competitive strike in 49 internationals, thereby overtaking Gary Lineker's England scoring record.
On 22 June 2009, the BBC reported that Michael Owen had confirmed that he would leave relegated Newcastle when his contract expired at the end of June.
In his Newcastle career spanning four seasons, Michael Owen made 79 appearances and scored 30 goals.
On 3 July 2009, Michael Owen joined Manchester United, signing a two-year deal.
Although Michael Owen scored on 28 February 2010 in Manchester United's 2-1 Carling Cup final win over Aston Villa, he pulled his hamstring, went off injured, and was later ruled out of playing for the rest of the season.
In May 2012, Michael Owen revealed that his contract with Manchester United was not being renewed.
Michael Owen joined Stoke City at the start of the 2012/13 season, but did not play regularly and in March 2013 he announced his retirement from playing football to take place at the end of the season.
Michael Owen went on to be a major horse owner and regular football pundit.
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