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Steven Gerrard Biography

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Considered to be amongst the best midfielders of his generation, Steven Gerrard hold the record of scoring a goal in UEFA Champions League, English League Cup, FA Cup and Euro Cup final and winning each of them. In this article, we will take a look at Steven Gerrard Biography.

Steven George Gerrard, born in Liverpool, England on May 30, 1980 is a former football and now a He played as a midfielder and his last club was Los Angeles Galaxy in Major League Soccer. He currently is the manager of the Scottish side Rangers. His versatility allowed him to play as a defensive or offensive midfielder or as a second striker, and he stood out for his ability to win back the ball, his precise and powerful shot and his vision of the game.

He is the third player with the most matches played for Liverpool with 710 appearances; he was overtaken by his fellow teammate Jamie Carragher and he scored 186 goals for the club, becoming the fifth top scorer in the history of Liverpool. He was considered one of the best players in the world at his time. Gerrard spent most of his playing career at Liverpool, despite being sought after by several major European clubs throughout his career, including

Real Madrid

,

Barcelona

, Chelsea,

Manchester City

, and

Bayern Munich

. He is one of the greatest idols in the history of the Liverpool.

He made his debut for Liverpool in 1998 and cemented his place in the first team in the 2000-01 season. He replaced Sami Hyypia as team captain in the 2003-04 season. Gerrard made his international debut for England in 2000, and represented England at the 2000 and 2004 European Championships, as well as at the 2006 and 2010 World Cups where he was the team's top scorer.

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All You Need to Know About Steven Gerrard Biography

His achievements with Liverpool include two FA Cup and three League Cup titles, as well as the 2001 UEFA Cup and the 2005 Champions League and several other. He is a member of the Order of the British Empire and has been voted FA Premier League Player of the Year on several occasions, as well as being among the best players in the world and on the dream teams for many seasons.

In 2005 he was awarded the Bronze Ballon d'Or, behind Ronaldinho and Frank Lampard. He was Liverpool's top scorer on several occasions such as in the Premier League season 2008-09 with 16 goals and in the Champions League season 2007-08 with 6 goals and the 2008-09 season with 7 goals.

In the England team he is the second top scorer in World Cups over the last decade with 3 goals, being just behind Michael Owen with 4 goals.

Steven Gerrard Information

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Steven Gerrard nationality

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Steven Gerrard Bio

  • Full Name: Steven George Gerrard

  • Nickname: Stevie G

  • Profession: Professional Footballer

Steven Gerrard Physical Stats

  • Weight: 83 Kg

  • Height: 1.83 m

  • Eye Color: Dark Brown

  • Hair Color: Dark Brown

Steven Gerrard Football Information

  • Position: Midfielder

  • Jersey Number: 8 (Club), 4 (England)

  • Professional Debut: 1998

Steven Gerrard Date of Birth and Personal Info

  • Date of Birth: 30 May 1980

  • Birth Place: Whiston, Merseyside, England

  • Zodiac Sign: Gemini

  • Nationality: English

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Steven Gerrard Early Life

Steven Gerrard was born at the end of May 1980 at Whiston Hospital in Knowsley in the Metropolitan County of Merseyside, around ten kilometers east of Liverpool city center. As the second-born after his brother Paul, he grew up in a well-cared-for, modest and, above all, football-savvy environment. His father inspired his son in

Steven Gerrard childhood

with his great passion for Liverpool FC and therefore always encouraged his early steps on the sports fields. Young Steven felt that his school days were a chore.

He behaved mostly shy in the classrooms, performances were average and the focus was on the playing fields next to the buildings of St. Michael's School, which he initially attended. In choosing the secondary Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School, in addition to religious reasons, it was important that it supported Gerrard's football talents. Another important advantage was that he was then eligible to play for Liverpool youth teams, which were more frequently evaluated by scouts.

However, Gerrard's connection to Liverpool FC was already well established by then. From the age of eight, he was part of the Reds' youth set-up, which was led by former player Steve Heighway. The connection was initiated by one of Heighway's associates, who was good friends with the coach of the Whiston Juniors youth team, for whom Gerrard played (and continued to play) at the time. Early teammates included later internationals such as Jason Koumas and Michael Owen.

It was in his partnership with Owen, in particular, that the high quality of the youngster was already evident in Liverpool FC's under-12 side. Further confirmation seemed to follow when, alongside Owen as well as Stephen Wright and Neil Murphy, Gerrard received an invitation to audition for a two-year scholarship at the then national soccer academy in Lilleshall at the age of 14. 

Despite good impressions, however, the representatives there turned him down, in contrast to Owen - the great disappointment about this continued to affect Gerrard for a long time, especially since the reasons seemed to lie primarily in the fact that he was quite small for his age at that time. On the other hand, he was held in higher esteem by renowned clubs and, in addition to concrete offers from Manchester City, Everton FC and Tottenham Hotspur,

Manchester United

also showed interest in signing him.

However, it did not lead to a transfer and Gerrard received a two-year training contract after the end of the U-16 season. Another "reward" for him was nomination to the squad for the FA Youth Cup final in May 1996, where he witnessed the 4-1 victory over West Ham United (with Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand) from the bench.

The YTS program initially involved training sessions at Liverpool University, and only later did the talented players train side by side with first-team players at the performance center in Melwood. Jamie Redknapp developed into a special reference person for Gerrard there, mainly because he played roughly the same position. However, a smooth progression to the professional squad did not take place.

This was primarily due to the fact that Gerrard often had to deal with injuries during his growth period. The club initially decided not to offer him a professional contract, but after intensive talks with Gerrard's father, the parties agreed on a three-year contract worth £700 a week in the first year, then £800 and finally £900. His progress now followed at shorter and shorter intervals, and good performances at the start of the 1998/99 season in the club's U-19 squad meant that he quickly moved closer to the professional team. 

A big part in this was played by the new French coach Gérard Houllier, who had joined Liverpool FC in the summer of 1998 and coached the team together with Roy Evans until early November. Houllier promoted Gerrard to the first-team squad and instructed the rookie to change his diet and increase strength exercises to prepare for professional soccer.

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Steven Gerrard Profile

Since he was eight years old, Gerrard went through Liverpool's youth program as a right back, with players such as Michael Owen and Jamie Carragher. He then made his debut in the 1998/1999 season against

Blackburn Rovers

. In the year 2000/2001, there was a problem in the midfield which caused Gerrard to play a few games there. It worked out so well that he remained a midfielder for the rest of his career.

In the 2002-03 season, he played in the final Premier League match against

Chelsea

on May 11, 2003, and despite the fact that the winner of the match would finish fourth and qualify for the UEFA Champions League, he received a red card during the match. At Liverpool, Gerrard became a crowd favorite, as did his teammate and friend Michael Owen, who left for Real Madrid in 2004.

Despite Owen leaving the club, Gerrard stayed at Liverpool and secured the Champions League the following season as captain, after winning the final against AC Milan in a penalty shootout.

In the middle of the 2003-04 season, he took over the captaincy from Sami Hyypia, and his potential came to life. They were still in the hunt for a Champions League place that season, however, a great performance at the end of the season helped them to finish fourth before the final day of the season.

Liverpool FC announced in the summer of 2005 that Gerrard had submitted a transfer request to leave. He withdrew that request a day later. Instead, Gerrard signed a new contract with Liverpool on 7 June 2005. Before that, he scored his hundredth goal against PSV on 1 October 2008 in the group stage of the Champions League 2008-2009. Gerrard scored for Liverpool in the 90th minute of the final for the FA Cup 2005-2006 against West Ham United. Gerrard won the English player of the year 2012 award. In the 2013/2014 season, Liverpool was in first place for a long time but eventually finished second behind Manchester City.

Gerrard played his 500th Premier League game on Saturday, April 25, 2015. He was the twelfth player ever to reach this number and Liverpool's second, after Jamie Carragher. On May 24, 2015, Gerrard played his last game in the Liverpool team. On that day, Liverpool played out at Stoke City. Gerrard managed to score himself, but Liverpool lost the game 6-1. Gerrard never lost a game with five goals difference before.

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LA Galaxy

After his contract with Liverpool expired, Gerrard moved to the U.S.

Major League Soccer

team LA Galaxy on July 1, 2015. He played his first competitive match for the Galaxy on July 18, 2015 against San José Earthquakes, which was won 5-2. Gerrard scored the equalizer to tie the game at 2-2, and he also set up two other goals. Throughout the 2015 season, Gerrard made 13 appearances in the regular season scoring one goal, and one appearance in the playoffs, where they were defeated by the Seattle Sounders in the first round.

After the season ended, Gerrard returned to Liverpool FC at the end of November 2015 and took part in training under Jürgen Klopp, but returned to the United States. After 18 months in Major League Soccer and the end of his contract, he left the LA Galaxy on November 15, 2016. In three years at LA Galaxy, Gerrard made 34 appearances, scoring five goals and providing 14 assists.

England National Team

Gerrard played his first international game on May 31, 2000, against

Ukraine

. Led by national team manager Kevin Keegan, he had to replace Kieron Dyer in that friendly game on 82 minutes. He was part of the selection for the 2006 and 2010 World Cup, where he himself was captain. Gerrard participated with

England

in the 2012 European Football Championship in Poland and Ukraine, where the team of national team coach Roy Hodgson was knocked out by Italy in the quarterfinals by penalty kicks (2-4). 

On November 14, 2012, he played, as the sixth Englishman, his hundredth international game against Sweden. Hodgson also included Gerrard in the England team for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. There, England knocked out in the group stage after defeats against Italy (1-2) and Uruguay (1-2) and a draw (0-0) against Costa Rica.

Gerrard announced his retirement from international career with England on 21 July 2014. The then 34-year-old

Liverpool

midfielder played for the English team a total of 114 matches. "I have to take good care of my body so that I can continue to give everything on the field for Liverpool and compete at a high level," said Gerrard. "The fact that we will be playing in the Champions League again next season has been an important factor for me. It feels like the right decision.”

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Managerial Career

In January 2017, Gerrard joined Liverpool FC as youth coach. He took over as head coach of the U18s for the 2017/18 season. In the summer of 2018, Gerrard became head coach of Scottish Premiership club

Glasgow Rangers

. In his first season, Gerrard finished runners-up with Rangers, and the team subsequently advanced to the Europa League via the qualifying rounds, where they finished as group runners-up and reached the round of 16. He then received a contract extension until 2024.

Style of Play

A central midfielder, he was able to play as an outside player and as a trequartista, qualities that led him to be defined as one of the most complete players in his generation. He debuted at a professional level as a right midfielder; however, due to his playing style where he was committed lots of fouls, his performance was not very impressive. In this regard, in an interview with the Guardian in November 2008 celebrating his first ten years in the Premier League, Gerrard recalled how he initially failed to express himself at his best in the position assigned to him; however, Liverpool trusted in him.

It was then that he started to play the role of defensive midfielder, more focused on recovering balls rather than supporting the attacking play. The tactical evolution continued the following year with the role of central midfielder and ended - following the arrival of Benitez - with him playing in the role of trequartista supporting the forwards.

Among his strengths there were the accuracy and the powerful shooting with both feet, the ability to control the play, the long throws, the aerial play and the attacking power. Having good technical skills, he was also credited with remarkable defensive qualities and effective support to the front line; moreover, thanks to his shooting skills, he often found the net with his own strikes from mid-long distance (25-30 meters from the opponent's goal). Thanks to these traits, combined with great character, Gerrard was considered a real leader in the field.

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Reception

Steven Gerrard is widely regarded as one of the best midfielders to ever play the game, and his consistent performances at a high level for his club and nation could be a proof of that. Sir Alex Ferguson once famously said that he would love to have Gerrard on his team to replace Roy Keane.

"If you were searching for a player who you'd replace Roy Keane with, it'd be Steven Gerrard, no doubt. He has been England's most influential player, bar none. He is much better than Patrick Vieira. Not that Vieira misses something, but I think he does more for the team he plays than Vieira does, and he has much more to do for his game.

"I've been monitoring him a lot. To me, Steven Gerrard is Keane. He tends to be there everywhere the ball is. He's got the amazing engine, the desire, the dedication. Anybody will love to get Steven Gerrard on their side."

Goal Celebration

Steven Gerrard has scored many goals during his career for a midfielder, both on club and international level. During his playing days he had many goal celebrations, but one that we can never forget about was when he kissed the club emblem in March 2009 after scoring a penalty for Liverpool versus Manchester United in a 4-1 victory at Old Trafford, and then rushed over to a camera around the corner flag and kissed the lens. Five years later, he performed that goal celebration in a 3-0 victory once again over Man United.

Steven Gerrard outside Football

Steven Gerrard is a successful businessman outside football and has some companies and businesses to his name. Two years ago, as per reports filed at Companies House, Steven Gerrard Promotions pledged a profit of £ 536,617 and total assets of £ 6,849,589. Liverpool icon Gerrard, set up this business throughout his playing days to have a source of income after his retirement. But after taking over at Rangers, he continues to rake in cash.

A host of new company projects, along with his own clothing brand, SGG Apparel, was recently introduced by Stevie G. He's the company's co-director with his brother Paul. It arrives after the retired England midfielder's series of new business projects.

He is a holder of the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire), which was awarded to him by Queen Elizabeth II on March 21, 2007 for his services to sport. Another honor and recognition of his sporting achievements was given to him by Liverpool John Moores University in July 2008.

In September 2006, Gerrard published his autobiography, written by ghostwriter Henry Winter. The book was chosen as the best sports book at the British Book Awards. Gerrard dedicated the book to Jon-Paul Gilhooley, his cousin and the youngest of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster. Stay tuned to read more about

Steven Gerrard life story

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Steven Gerrard Personal Life

On 30 May 1980, Steven Gerrard was born in Whiston, Merseyside, to the mother Julie Ann and father Paul Gerrard. His older brother Paul is only a homonym of goalkeeper Paul William Gerrard, while his cousin Anthony plays for Carlisle United and is a member of the Irish Federation, despite being a native of Liverpool.

Family, Children and Relationships

Steven Gerrard religion is Christianity and he practices catholicism. Steven Gerrard and his wife, fashion journalist Alex Curran, celebrated their marriage on 16 June 2007 at the Cliveden Hotel in Buckinghamshire after a religious ceremony. They have three daughters, Lilly-Ella, born on 23 February 2004, Lexie, born on 9 May 2006 and Lourdes, born on 1 November 2011, and a son, Lio, born on 28 April 2017.

Gerrard’s wife also worked as a model other than writing for fashion magazines. Curran has been writing the weekly column "Go Shopping With Alex Curran" for the English newspaper The Daily Mirror since late 2005. In October 2007, she introduced her first perfume, Alex. It was exclusively distributed by The Perfume Shop chain, where it became one of the top five best-sellers.

Philanthropy

Steven Gerrard is amongst the footballers who are really active when it comes to charitable work. Other than playing in lots of charity football matches and participating in fundraising events for charitable causes, he is the founder of Steven Gerrard Foundation, which helps provide relief to children; youngsters in need, whether by disease, family breakup, disabilities, street involvement, monetary or academic disadvantage. Steven Gerrard Foundation is sponsored by the Street Children Consortium, who would guarantee that the funds create a significant impact.

Legal Issues

On October 1, 2007, Gerrard was involved in a low-speed accident in Southport when the car he was driving hit a 10-year-old cyclist, who inadvertently swerved on the road and crossed Gerrard's path. Later, Gerrard visited the boy at the hospital and handed him a pair of shoes signed by Wayne Rooney, the boy's favorite player, after which Gerrard stayed on to sign autographs for other young patients.

On December 29, 2008, Gerrard was arrested along with two others outside the Lounge Inn in Southport, charged with assault causing personal injury and brawling, following an incident that left the bar's disc jockey with a broken tooth and cuts on his forehead. All three men were released on bail but were scheduled to appear in North Sefton Magistrate's Court on January 23, 2009, where they all pleaded not guilty. The court adjourned until March 20 when the assault charge was dropped, but Gerrard was required to attend the Liverpool Crown Court to stand trial for brawling. On April 3, 2009, Gerrard pleaded not guilty.

The trial began in Liverpool Crown Court. The co-defendants pleaded guilty before the trial, but Gerrard continued to claim he was innocent. Gerrard admitted that he had hit Marcus McGee, but claimed that he was in self-defence. On July 24, 2009, Gerrard was found not guilty by the jury. After the verdict, Gerrard said he looks forward to playing soccer again and moving on.

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Steven Gerrard Career Statistics

In this section of Steven Gerrard biography, we want to take a look at his career stat, both as a player an manager. Stay tuned!

Club

During his professional career, Gerrard has just played for two clubs, including Liverpool and LA Galaxy. In all these years, he has played a total of 748 matches in all competitions, scoring 191 goals.

International

Gerrard has played 114 matches for England and scored 21 goals in an international career between 2000 and 2014. Most of his international goals was scored at competitive matches (15).

Managerial

Steven Gerrard has only managed Rangers during his managerial career, which started at 1 June 2018. Since almost two and a half years, his team played a total of 147 matches, winning 96 matches and losing on 20 occasions. 31 matches ended as a draw. His win percentage at Rangers is %65.31 which is great for a young manager like Gerrard.

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Steven Gerrard Honors

All of the titles an honors Steven Gerrard has won during his playing career was at Liverpool. Amongst the biggest of them we can include

UEFA Champions League

, UEFA Cup, and

FA Cup

. Stevie G was never able to win the

EPL

.

Some of the most renowned individual honors of Gerrard are Ballon d'Or third place in 2005, UEFA Club Footballer of the Year and UEFA Team of the Century.

During his managerial career he hasn’t yet won any titles, however he was selected as

Scottish Premiership

Manager of the Month on six occasions. 

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source: SportMob