Michael Owen career

Michael Owen (his full name Michael James Owen) was born on December 14 1979, in Chester.

Throughout his career he played for Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle United, Manchester United and Stoke City, as well as for the England national team.

Liverpool career

Owen began his senior career at Liverpool in 1996. He progressed through the Liverpool youth team and scored on his debut in May 1997.

Micheal Owen at Liverpool

Micheal Owen at Liverpool. Source: Reuters

In his first full season in the Premier League, he finished as joint top scorer with 18 goals. He repeated this the following year and was Liverpool's top goal-scorer between 1997–2004, gaining his name as a proven goal-scorer despite suffering from a recurring hamstring injury.

He went on to score 118 goals in 216 appearances in the Premier League for Liverpool, and 158 goals in 297 total appearances.

The complete stats of Owen's Liverpool career:

Season League Cup Europe Total
MP G MP G MP G MP G
1996-1997 2 1 - - - - 2 1
1997-1998 36 18 4 4 4 1 44 23
1998-1999 30 18 4 3 6 2 40 23
1999-2000 27 11 3 1 - - 30 12
2000-2001 28 16 7 4 11 4 46 24
2001-2002 29 19 4 4 10 5 43 28
2002-2003 35 19 7 2 12 7 54 28
2003-2004 29 16 3 1 6 2 38 19
Total 216 118 32 19 49 21 297 158

In 2001, Liverpool won a cup treble of the UEFA Cup, FA Cup and Football League Cup, and Owen was the recipient of the Ballon d'Or.

Real Madrid career

Owen moved to Real Madrid for 12€ million in mid-2004. Owen was presented with the number 11 shirt by Real Madrid.

Owen joined the club during its Galácticos era, and played alongside Ronaldo, Raúl, Luís Figo, Zinedine Zidane and his England teammate David Beckham.

Michael Owen at Real Madrid

Michael Owen at Real Madrid. Source: The Sun

Owen ended the 2004–05 season with 13 goals in La Liga, with the season's highest ratio of goals scored to number of minutes played.

The complete stats of Owen's Real Madrid career:

Season League Cup Europe Total
MP G MP G MP G MP G
2004-2005 36 14 4 2 10 2 50 18

Following Madrid's signing of two high-profile Brazilian forwards, Robinho and Júlio Baptista, in the summer of 2005, the speculation arose that Owen would return to the Premier League, which later was confirmed.

Newcastle United career

On 24 August 2005, Newcastle United announced that they had agreed a club record fee of €25 million to obtain Owen. Liverpool and local rivals Everton entered the fray, but were unwilling to match Madrid's asking price.

He scored his first goal for the club on his second appearance, the second goal in a 3–0 away win at Blackburn Rovers on 18 September, Newcastle's first win of the season. Owen scored his first hat-trick for Newcastle in the 4–2 away win over West Ham United on 17 December. It was also a "perfect hat trick", with one goal scored with each of his left foot, right foot and head.

Michael Owen at Newcastle

Michael Owen at Newcastle. Source: newcastleuncovered.com

Owen played 4 seasons at Newcastle, here are his complete statistics:

Season League Cup Europe Total
MP G MP G MP G MP G
2005-2006 11 7 - - - - 11 7
2006-2007 3 0 - - - - 3 0
2007-2008 29 11 4 2 - - 33 13
2008-2009 28 8 4 2 - - 32 10
Total 71 26 8 4 - - 79 30

After a disastrous season in general for the club, which culminated in Owen's former Newcastle and England teammate Alan Shearer being brought in as a temporary manager for the final eight games of the season, on the final day of the season on 24 May 2009, Newcastle were relegated from the Premier League for the first time in 15 years.

Owen's contract expired and decided to join Manchester United on a free transfer

Manchester United career

On 3 July 2009, it was announced that Owen had signed a two-year deal with reigning Premier League champions Manchester United.

Owen made his league debut for United when he came on as a substitute against Birmingham City on 16 August in a 1–0 win and scored his first competitive goal in a Manchester United shirt against Wigan Athletic on 22 August in a 5–0 away win.

Michael Owen at Manchester United

Michael Owen at Manchester United

Owen played 3 seasons at Manchester United, here are his complete statistics:

Season League Cup Europe Total
MP G MP G MP G MP G
2009-2010 19 3 6 2 6 4 31 9
2010-2011 11 2 4 3 2 0 17 5
2011-2012 1 0 2 3 1 0 4 3
Total 31 5 12 8 9 4 52 17

In his last season at United he only played 4 games and Owen announced that Manchester United would not be offering him a new deal, ending his three-year association with the club.

Stoke City career

On 4 September 2012, Owen joined Stoke City on a one-year contract. He was handed the number 10 shirt and made his debut in a 1–1 draw against Manchester City on 15 September. Owen scored his first and only goal for Stoke on 19 January 2013 in a 3–1 defeat at Swansea City.

The complete stats of Owen's Stoke City career:

Season League Cup Europe Total
MP G MP G MP G MP G
2012-2013 8 1 1 0 - - 9 1

Owen became only the seventh player to reach 150 Premier League goals. On 19 March 2013, Owen announced that he would retire from playing at the end of the 2012–13 season. He was restricted to just eight Premier League appearances for Stoke, all coming from the substitutes bench, including in his final appearance on 19 May 2013 against Southampton, where he received a standing ovation from both sets of supporters.

Club career summary

A player of high quality and outstanding skills, but unfortunately his injury problems kept him from doing even better things.

Nevertheless he won a lot of trophies trough his career:
1x UEFA Cup with Liverpool(2000/2001)
1X English FA Cup with Liverpool(2001)
3x English League Cup (Liverpool 2001 and 2003 and Manchester United 2010)
1x English Champion Manchester United (2011)
1x English Super Cup with Manchester United (2011)

Owen's club career statistics:

Season League Cup Europe Total
MP G MP G MP G MP G
Total 362 163 57 33 63 26 482 222

International career

Owen was capped 89 times for England and scored 40 goals. He is fifth in the list of all-time top scorers for the England team, behind Wayne Rooney (53), Bobby Charlton (49), Gary Lineker (48) and Jimmy Greaves (44).

Michael Owen - England national team

Michael Owen - England national team. Source: thetimes.co.uk

He is also England's second-highest goalscorer in competitive international matches, behind Rooney His 89 caps also place him as England's eleventh most capped player.

Owen played for England at the 1998, 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cups and the 2000 and 2004 UEFA European Championships. He scored goals in all but one of these tournaments, making him the only player ever to have scored in four major tournaments for England. He is one of only eleven England players to have appeared in three World Cups.

Owen's England statistics:

Year Apps Goals
1998 12 4
1999 6 1
2000 6 3
2001 8 6
2002 12 5
2003 9 5
2004 13 4
2005 9 7
2006 5 1
2007 8 4
2008 1 0
Total 89 40

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