STEVE McMANAMAN


STEVE McMANAMAN

Birthdate : 11.02.1972
Birthplace : Botle, Liverpool, England
Bought from : LFC Junior
Signed as LFC : 19.02.1990 (18th)
Play and Goal : 364 Time and 66 Goal

PROFIL

Ian Rush was once asked to name the
most promising player in Liverpool’s
ranks and he replied Steve
McManaman. Macca, who was an
Everton supporter, arrived at Liverpool
at 14 years of age. Ten days after his first u-21 international, Steve got
his first taste of first team action
when he came on as a substitute
against Sheffield United at Anfield.
He next appeared 1 1/2 year later and
was in the starting line-up in the opening game of the 1991/92 season.
Macca had a sensational season,
playing 51 games and scoring 10
goals and crowned it with a man of
the match performance in the FA cup
final at Wembley against Sunderland. He kept on going the
following season by playing 41 and
scoring 7. The 1993/94 only
produced two goals and people started
to criticize his goal-scoring ability.

When Roy Evans took over in 1994,
Macca was given a free role and no
longer being tied to the wings, inspired
Macca to new heights. Liverpool beat
Crystal Palace 6-1 in the first game
of the season, Macca scoring twice, his first goals in 363 days. The
league cup was won for the 5th time,
Macca scoring both goals with
another man of the match
performance. He continued his good
form into 1995/96, which was his best season for Liverpool. Liverpool
showed championship form at times
but all ended in disappointment. The
summer went well though for him
when he starred for England in Euro
96, reaching the semi-finals. He has later failed to reproduce his form for
England, drawing comparisons with
John Barnes.

That autumn speculation was rife
that Juventus and Barcelona were
going to offer 12 million pounds for
him. Liverpool sparkled again in
1996/97, but all went haywire in the
end. Steve missed a game in November, the first game he missed in two years.
He seemed tired and teams tried more
and more to stifle him by having one
player chase him around for 90
minutes. Macca did well enough to be
on the five-man shortlist for the player of the year. In 1997-98
captain John Barnes left Liverpool
and Macca, now the most experienced
player in the side, became vice-
captain to Paul Ince. He scored 12
goals that season, including two superb solo goals vs. Celtic and Aston
Villa.

Halfway through the season the
Spanish newspaper El Mundo quoted a
Barcelona vice-president as saying
that a deal had been agreed with the
player and the club. Rumours begin
spreading that Macca had gone to Spain for contract negotiations, but
when he arrived there was noone to be
seen. LFC spokesman’s response was
decisive and claimed that there had
been “no contact with Barcelona
Football Club since last August”, confirming that Barcelona had
indeed shown a genuine interest.
What really happened between
Barcelona, McManaman and
Liverpool’s board remains to be seen.
Chairman David Moores is understood to have agreed to McManaman’s wage
demands at LFC, but the majority of
the board didn ’t want to sanction this kind of money for fear of
sparking a wage explosion. At least it
is not fair to villify McManaman
completely for leaving under the
Bosman rule.

Macca’s ninth and last season was
not a pleasant one. Tiredness had set
in from playing constantly for years
and niggly injuries prevented him
from impressing new boss Gerard
Houllier. In the beginning of November, Macca was ordered to take
a complete rest until Christmas. At
the end of January, he announced he
would be leaving for European
champions Real Madrid. It soon
became apparent that Real only wanted to make a quick buck off
Macca and tried to sell him for 6
million pounds soon after his arrival.
Real discovered the lad could also
play and he starred in the Champions
league final in his first season, scoring a superb goal.

Steve would win a second Champions
League winners’ medal with Madrid in
2002 (he came on as a second-half
substitute for Luis Figo in Glasgow)
but on the whole the amount of
playing-time he was given was being reduced season by season. He decided
to return to England, then managed
by Kevin Keegan, in August 2003
where he was reunited with former
Liverpool team-mates Robbie Fowler,
Nicolas Anelka and, later, David James. Steve stayed with City for two
seasons, playing in 44 first-team
matches, but failed to score a single
goal even though he created a few.
Keegan resigned in March 2005 and
his successor, Staurt Pearce, released the midfielder on a free transfer
towards the end of May.

Steve McManaman never played for
another club but since his retirement
as a player has been involved in quite
a lot of media work, including being
asked to be a UEFA ambassador as a
former Real Madrid player in the build-up to the 2010 Champions
League final being held at the
Bernabeu stadium in Madrid. He has
also worked for the ESPN Star
channel based in Singapore and was a
television analyst at the 2010 South African World Cup.

YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE Macca

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