Michael Owen Retires – A Few Thoughts-borderland


Football A Career Of Two Halves? Last week Michael Owen announced that he will be retiring from playing football at the end of this season. If the first part of his professional career was meteoric, the second has probably been one of unfulfilled promise. Owen scored on his Liverpool debut, and in his first full season in the Premier League he finished joint top scorer with eighteen goals. The next season he repeated this achievement, and was Liverpool’s top scorer from 1997 to 2004, despite missing games with a recurring hamstring injury that was an omen of things to .e. He played the 2004-05 season for Real Madrid, and although he didn’t match his Liverpool average of better than a goal every two games, he still managed one in every three. In his international career, Michael Owen was at the time England’s youngest player and youngest goal scorer, and is still the only player to score for England in four major tournaments, two World Cups and two European Championships. However, new acquisitions at Real Madrid meant that a return to England was on the cards for Owen, and with neither Liverpool or Everton willing to match Real’s price for him, and desperate for regular first team game time with the 2006 World Cup looming, Owen signed for Newcastle. Unfortunately Owen broke a metatarsal bone n his foot in December 2005 playing for his new club, and due to the healing process not going to plan, missed the rest of the season apart from one appearance as a sub. Then in the first minute of a group match at the 2006 World Cup Owen damaged the anterior cruciate ligament behind his right knee, which kept him out of regular action until April 2007. Owen’s remaining two seasons at Newcastle were punctuated with more injuries and various rumours about transfers, although he still managed to average a goal every three games for them. But the glory days of FA, UEFA and League Cup wins that he experienced with Liverpool were behind him, and Newcastle were relegated at the end of his last season with them. Owen joined Manchester United on a pay as you play basis, but his three years there were a mixture of rare highlights like scoring the winner in the Manchester derby and all too frequent injury. He joined Stoke at the beginning of the 2012, but to date has only played seven times for them and scored one goal – probably not how he envisaged his final season when he started his professional career. About the Author: 相关的主题文章: