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Name Michael Owen
Gender Male
Ethnic English
Job English Footballer
Desc England and Liverpool’s boy-wonder, Michael Owen’s best years game in his youth before injury took its toll – both physical and mentally. Owen was the last Englishman to win the Ballon d’Or, having notably helped Liverpool to a Treble in the 2000/01 season. He scored 118 goals for the Reds across 216 league appearances

Affiliation

Club as Player Newcastle United
  Liverpool FC

Relationship

Coach Gerard Houllier

1998 06 30 Retrieve

[WORLD CUP ‘98: Owen Lets His Boots Do The Talking] You don’t look at players’ strengths,. You look at their weaknesses and try to see where you can hurt them most if you get the chance

2003 04 26
West Bromwich, England - Liverpool’s Michael Owen celebrates his second goal, the Reds’ third, with Milan Baros as West Bromwich Albion’s goalkeeper Russel Hoult looks on during the Premiership match at the Hawthorns

2011 11 27 Retrieve

[Manchester United forward Michael Owen, who lives close to Gary Speed’s family in north Wales] Just cannot believe the news regarding Gary Speed. We waved at each other a couple of days ago dropping our kids off at school. I’m numb. He has died aged 42. So sad. He lived local to me and we knew his family. He leaves behind 2 sons. Tragic

2013 11 05 Retrieve

[Michael Owen on Paul Scholes] Nobody on this planet has a range of passing like Paul Scholes. Training every day is a pleasure just watching him

2014 02 14 Retrieve

[Michael Owen on Steven Gerrard] I have played alongside some of the greatest footballers of my generation, but there is only one ex-team-mate I would rate higher than Steven Gerrard. The biggest compliment I can give him is he is second only to Zinedine Zidane in terms of his world-class status

2014 05 04 Retrieve

[Michael Owen on joining Real Madrid] I was in a state of panic on the day of my unveiling. To learn a line or two in Spanish was bad enough, but I dreaded the ‘show pony’ part where you are expected to juggle the ball for the media. When the ball was tossed to me I volleyed it into the crowd to give the people, who had come to welcome me, something to cheer about. Another ball was thrown to me so another supporter earned a memento from the day. There was no way I was going to attempt a trick and fail in front of the world’s media

2015 08 20 Retrieve

[Michael Owen on Thierry Henry] He took the Premiership to a new level. We’ve had some good imports – Gianfranco Zola and Dennis Bergkamp among them – but he’s been the best. He beats players, he creates goals and he scores them. I’d pay to watch him

2015 09 26 Retrieve

[Michael Owen after his beloved horse Brown Panther was put down after suffering an injury defending the Irish St Leger crown] It’s the saddest day of my life. I was with him when he was born, shared an experience for seven years that will never be repeated, and gave him his last kiss goodbye. I’ve not shed so many tears in years but my grief is shared. Life will not be the same without you

2015 11 10 Retrieve

[on David Beckham] He had a fantastic work rate, a wand of a right foot, and his set pieces were brilliant. He created many, many of my goals

2015 11 28 Retrieve

[on Roy Keane] Keane kept it simple, yet had a great engine and could run box-to-box all day

2015 12 30 Retrieve

[on Sir Alex Ferguson] To say I played under him for three years is a proud thing to say

2016 02 17 Retrieve

[Quote on Cafu and Roberto Carlos] I played against Brazil a couple of times and he and Roberto Carlos were just awesome. They changed the way full-backs played. People thought a full-back should just defend, but in today’s game it’s important for full-backs to be good on the ball as well, and Cafu led the way in this respect

2016 02 18 Retrieve

[Quote on Roberto Carlos] Like Cafu, he made people rethink the role of a full-back in a team. Great on the ball, made good runs – but also great dead-ball delivery. Fantastic

2016 02 19 Retrieve

[Quotes on Marcel Desailly] When he came to Chelsea, he was a ‘proper’ player. With some defenders you think ‘he’s not strong’, ‘he’s not so quick’ or whatever and try to play against that weakness. But Desailly was virtually impossible to play against. He was strong, quick, and good on the ball. People question whether he just played well in the big games, but I tried kicking him once and hurt my foot – which shows what sort of game I had against him!

2016 02 20 Retrieve

[Michael Owen on the best defender he ever played against] I’d have to say Marcel Desailly – when he wanted to be. He was as quick as anyone, as strong as anyone and he was pretty much a machine when he first came over. He was a beast to play against

2016 03 24 Retrieve

[on Alan Shearer] Scored goals at every level and even when he was out injured for months on end, he always seemed to be top scorer! I like him because you get a lot of flair players, but nobody was as mentally tough as Alan, who got the most out of his body for such a long time. Probably the greatest Premiership player ever

2016 11 05 Retrieve

[Former England forward Michael Owen discusses Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy] Even when Jamie Vardy was scoring loads of goals last season he wasn’t convincing me as a natural finisher. But then again Alan Shearer used a lot of brute force and power. Vardy does contribute to the team with his running into the channels and his closing down. But he’s in the team to score goals and we’ve seen a contrast from last season. He’s the type of centre forward or type of finisher that is very much head down and hit it. He doesn’t once lift his head. He almost hits it through goalkeepers. To be a finisher like that you need a lot of luck - sometimes you’ll have it, sometimes you won’t

2020 05 16 Retrieve

[Michael Owen talks about Zinedine Zidane] He was big, strong and if he did a turn he had a real burst of pace. Vision and goalscoring as well. He was just a brilliant player. Probably the one who when I joined Real Madrid, I couldn’t stop watching in training. I just thought he was God in many ways

2020 06 22 Retrieve

[Michael Owen says Pogba isn’t a standard Premier League player, he’s world class] These players are the difference. That is the difference between just a Premier League player and someone that we all talk about, all the time. That [Pogba winning a penalty] is just a moment of brilliance when the game is hard, when Tottenham get 11 men behind the ball. You need something out of the ordinary, and Paul Pogba has got that about him. The little shimmy and that’s it. If it wasn’t for him, then they would have got beaten 1-0. It’s brilliant play. That’s the difference between standard Premier League players and world-class players

2020 06 25 Retrieve

[Liverpool will go down as one of the best teams in Premier League history] Quite unbelievable. They’re such a good team, it’s such a good club, it’s been waiting for this moment for such a long time

Jurgen Klopp, what an absolute legend of a manager he’s gone down as. European champions and now they’ve got the one that they wanted all that time, Premier League champions, it’s just what everybody’s wanted for such a long time and I’m sure Merseyside is absolutely bouncing at the moment and so it should be

The players deserve immense credit, it’s been a tough season but they’ve been far and away the best team, the stats will prove that, it’ll go down in history as one of the best Premier League teams that we have seen. Jurgen Klopp, he’s just taken this team to new heights so 30, 40 years ago when Liverpool had great teams, I think Merseyside is unbelievably proud of what they’ve got now

2020 06 25b Retrieve

[Man Utd still need a No 9 despite Martial hat-trick] We’re judging a team that has been below-par for a long time. Now, all of a sudden, they have got a lot of good players. [Marcus] Rashford missed a chance in the first half and if he had put it in, it would have been one of the goals of the season. The intricate play on the edge of the box was absolutely brilliant. So now I think he’s [Martial] going to get more service, and now is the right time to be playing as a centre-forward for Manchester United – with the likes of [Paul] Pogba and [Bruno] Fernandes and all these players in and around you. Is he one that’s going to be the No.9 for years to come? At the minute he looks very inconsistent. He will score a hat-trick, but is he going to constantly score a lot of goals? There is still a question mark.

There is still a question about what is his best position. I think it’s probably off the left, but then again that’s probably Marcus Rashford’s best position. They are shuffling the pack a little bit at the moment but if you ask most people, they will say: ‘Where do Manchester United need to strengthen? They need a main No.9’

2020 06 30 Retrieve

[Liverpool will struggle to find any player in the next transfer window that could slot straight into their starting XI] Look at their team at the moment. Of course they have James Milner, who is getting on in years but he’s the perfect type of player to have around the dressing room to come off the bench. The main bulk of the squad is at the right age, they’ve certainly got a good few years to play together at the top of their game. Certain teams, like City, you can say: ‘Right, Fernandinho is getting on now, the full-backs are getting weaker’, there’s certain areas they can improve. But I don’t see that with Liverpool. I’m not being biased at all but I don’t see players that can come in. Maybe there’s players that can come in as cover for striker or cover as left-back but nobody’s saying someone can go straight into the team

I think they’re [Liverpool] a very, very strong team that’s probably going to be strong for some time. That’s not to say they can’t be caught. Manchester City are a phenomenal team and if they turn it on we’re going to have a great title race. Manchester United are the first team outside those two that spring to mind because they’re improving at a rapid rate. Chelsea are showing a lot of intent with their signings. They’ve been banned from signing players for some while but now they’re making a big splash and they’ve got some youngsters coming in. Frank Lampard looks like he has the bit between their teeth. There’s lots of teams that look like they could do it [challenge] but I think they’re the main two [as well as City]